Tips On Potty Training My 13 Month Old Daughter

Danielle - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hello. I want to start potty training my daughter. She pulls at her diaper when she has peed or pooped and if I ask her if she peed she will nodd her head. It seems to me like she is starting to show the signs.



A couple times a day I will take her diaper off and take her and set her on the toilet and tell her that she goes pee and poop in the potty. she will sit for a couple seconds than want off.



Im not sure how else to get th potty training going. I can't tell when she pees until its too late and she doesn't make a face anymore when she is pooping so I don't catch her till its already done.



I need tips on how to get this potty training on track.



Any advice will be awesome.



Thanks!

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Autumn - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have to say that both of my children were trained before they were two... I would take them to the potty every thirty mins or so and I would also let them go with me when I went. With my little girl I would turn on the sink just enough so that the sound of water would make her have to pee and when she did we had a "pee pee dance" she was so excited that she started to go on her own.

Kiyomi - posted on 02/04/2010

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Ok seriously if you feel she is ready it is not abuse to start and not too early! I started ECing my baby at 3 months and she is still not fully trained but she can tell me when she has to go (she is now nearly 18 months and dry most days and nights!) I think the best way to ease her into it would be to start with sitting her on the potty (either on a potty seat on the regular toilet or on her own potty chair, my daughter won't sit on a potty chair she gets distracted and gets off) before and after naps, eating, and baths. Like us they usually have to go after waking up, if you get to her and she is still dry sit her on the potty. If she seems to fight it...give her a toy...make it a fun thing to do not something that feels like time out. Good luck and just like sleep schedules keep at it and try and stay consistent :)

Tiffany - posted on 02/23/2010

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have her go potty every hour or if thats not enough every half hour or if thats not enough every twenty mins if thats not working i'd say wait a little longer to start potty training but i think it's great you're introducing her to the potty.

Anna - posted on 02/23/2010

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I think its wonderful to start early. My son is almost 11 months old and I have been familiarizing him with the potty for the past 3 months. He sits on it in the morning when he wakes and before his bath at night time. It is just part of our routine. He has never gone on the potty and I had no expectations that he would--but I just wanted to get him comfortable with sitting on it. Therefore, we sit on it and read books, etc. I recommend the book, Diaper-free before 3 by Jill Lekovic. I think it's a wonderful resource.

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She will start asking you more and more when she is ready. What we did with Haley was, we bought a book about going potty on the toilet... we got it at walmart and the book flushes when you press a button. We also got the "Elmo goes potty" video and Huggies has made a guide for parents that is free. You go to huggies.com and look at the potty training information.

When Haley started asking me to take her potty, that's when I started taking her. She first started asking at 17 months old, but I knew we needed to wait. So I only took her when she asked. When we finally started going for potty success, I got a florescent pink chart and made a potty chart for her. We got the tiny little star stickers for when she tried to go potty and the big stickers when she went. After she was trying consistantly, we stopped giving her stickers for trying and focused on her going. After she was going consistantly for a week, she would get tiny stickers for going and big stickers for making it through the week. After a month of consistantly going, she graduated. She still uses pull ups during bedtime, but wears cotton panties without plastics for the whole day, even naptime. Eventually her body will know when she needs to go and she will be able to hold her urine and poop. 13 months might not be body developmentally able, but mentally able she might be there. Haley loved putting the stickers on the chart. We even took a picture of her when she graduated.

We also used dresses for her, she will feel the pee on her leg better. We also let her run around the house only in a shirt and cotton panties. It will get cold quicker and she won't go through clothes as quick.

When Haley graduated Potty Training two months before her 3rd birthday, we were excited for her. Her reward was picking out her very own cotton panties. We inherited a lot of panties from her cousin that we used for potty training. If you don't have the ability to get the cotton panties for free, get the cheapest you can find... generic, because she will want to pick out her favorite character for her graduation panties.

Haley first showed interest when she was 17 months old and went pee on the potty. But, we had to wait to train her because I was pregnant and we just moved. Any stressful situation, like moving will not help. So anyways, We waited until Haley was 2 and a half to try and potty train. It does depend on your daughter. It sounds like she is noticing that she is wet and pooped which is a great sign that she doesn't want to sit in it. I do not believe 13 months is too young to start encouraging her to go potty, but maybe start with books and videos along side of using the potty. Take her to the potty with you too. I know it sounds weird, but she will learn that everyone goes peepee on the potty. When she tells you she wants to go on the potty, you will definitely know.



Good Luck!! And, if you need anymore advice let me know.

Heather

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Kelly - posted on 03/18/2013

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My daughter is also 13 months and wa pulling at her pants and diaper, and althought she still needs a diaper at night or for napping, durring her awake times, she lets me know when she needs to potty. It all depends on the child.

Brittany - posted on 02/22/2010

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In my opinion at 13 months they don't have the ability to understand why you are making them sitting on the potty. or the attention span. wait until 2-3. there's no rush!! i tried potty training my daughter at 18 months and she wasn't ready, it made potty training her when she was ready a nightmare!

Jeanette - posted on 02/20/2010

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I personally think that 13 months is way too young for potty training. My daughter was almost 2 when I started with her and we didn't actually master it until she was 3. She was excited about the new potty and the pullups, but that only lasted so long. Then finally 2 months after her third birthday she took off the pullup put on underwear and said she never wanted pullups again. And we never had a problem with it after that. My advice would be to wait until she is old enough to talk to you and you know that she really understands. My son is 18 months now, and he takes off his wet and dirty diapers and brings me clean ones to change him, but I won't even consider potty training for at least one more year.

Danielle - posted on 02/19/2010

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Just wanted to thank all the mom's for the help. and to bring good news, that my daughter is doing amazing potty training. She has very few accidents and enjoys going on the potty. Reading books really helps. She hasn't had a poopy diaper for three days and has very few pee diapers. Night time is a little different but she is learning to control.

Danielle - posted on 02/04/2010

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Thanks everyone for your tips and ideas. I am not getting frustrated nor is she getting frustrated. We are just starting to introduce her to the potty.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/04/2010

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i have been working with my son who is three now for about a year and he is doing remakablly well with it i still put a diper on at night but that is gonna stop here soon i know he was ready when he would tell me i have to go potty. i keep his potty chair in the living room and he goes to the bathroom instead.i reward him by hugs and a good job.

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2010

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P.S. It's ok if she is not ready until she is 3! Every child develops differently! Average age for girls is 2 & 1/2, for boys it's 3 & 1/2.... there is no reason she needs to be potty trained so early unless she truly is ready!

Rachell - posted on 02/04/2010

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i feel that it seems early to start if its a frustration and not working out. but if you're looking for advice and not an opinion then what we did with our daughter was to let her wear long dresses without bottoms on while at home. we found that she didn't like the tinkle going down her legs. after hiding to go #2 we had a talk about how we understand how she wants to be alone to do that so we showed he the room to do that in. we also rewarded wanted behavior so when she had to potty if she came and told us then we would help her go then she was rewarded with a treat, simply a granola bar, one cookie or something like that. she was a success story!!! thank god :-}

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2010

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It will only take longer to potty train if it is pushed and if she is not ready! I tried really hard to potty train my daughter before she was ready and it frustrated BOTH of us and that went on for months and months!!! She was miserable every time I put her on the potty!!! I talked to her doctor about it and he said don't push it! So I finally just let her do it when she was ready and it happened in a few days! She still wore diapers at night for a while but that to she figured out on her own! Don't "make" her train, "let" her train!!! She needs to be able to understand the concept before she can learn to do it! BTW when she is ready, the reward system works great! Good luck!!!

Liz - posted on 02/04/2010

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Wait until she's really ready. 18 months is too young.



My sister thought her girl was ready at 18 months too. It lasted about 6 months, and became a horrible battle. At 4, she's still having problems.



This "I can't tell when she pees until its too late and she doesn't make a face anymore when she is pooping so I don't catch her till its already done." proves she's not ready yet.

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