When is the best time to start potty training toddlers?

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Jacque - posted on 06/10/2009

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haha.. most of these women have got the idea. BUT i've actually gone to college and got my bachelor's degree in early childhood development.
from what i've learned, the child needs to show an interest in the potty, first. then, they should do what all these other women are saying. the child should be able to recognize being wet or poopy and so forth.
the biggest mistake a parent can make while potty training their child is rushing them! i have worked in many child cares to know that most parents start potty training for their own convience. there was a woman that gave her daughter a potty watch, and it would go off every 30 minutes to remind her to go to the bathroom. i knew that the little girl wasn't interested in the potty, because every time the watch went off instead of going potty she would dance to the song played by the watch. this is definitely a sign that the parent is rushing their child.

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Nicole - posted on 06/11/2009

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I tried potty training my son around 1 1/2 and he would do it for about a week and then lose interest ... we tried a few more times, never forced him, he would do the same, he just wasnt ready. Then all of a sudden one day he ran into the bathroom and did it all on his own.. I dont know if you have a boy or not but to keep him going we would let him go in there with dad and where we live we are out in the country alot so when he had to go, we just let him go wherever.. Boys LOVE peeing outside!!! It didnt take him long @ all , we still put a overnight pull up on because he hasnt gotten to the point where he will wake up to use the restroom.. I am a firm believer that they will do it when they are ready to! But just keep trying occasionally!!

Risa - posted on 06/10/2009

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When you think they are ready for it. Some mom's try too early and it doesn't work. And when you have the time to help them learn. Potty Training in daycare is hard on the kids and the workers. They have too many other kids to deal with let alone a potty training kiddo who's not ready for it. But yes, probably when they know they are going is a good time to try it out.

Kat - posted on 06/10/2009

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I read that when they know their opposites (up, down, wet, dry, clean, dirty, etc.) and they can tell you that they need to go potty they're usually ready. My daughter turned two back in april, but we are in the process of moving and the books say to wait until they are adjusted. Also if you're not sure you can start 'potty practice' with a betsy wetsy-like doll or by taking a trip to the store to pick out a potty. Good luck!!!

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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i second what corinne said. there is no right or wrong time. just dont push them too hard at first, because its a learning process. most people ive asked say start at 2 but when i was a kid i was fully potty trained at 2. i think i read somewhere that the average kids id fully potty trained at 3 3 1/2. but my daughter is showing signs already so im encouraging her to go but not forcing :) good luck mama!

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2009

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I started my 4 year old daughter when she was 2 it took just about 3 - 4 months. To get it down. I know girls they say are more easy then boys I wouldn't know because I have 2 girls.They say that its much more harder to deal with the boys. I do know one thing If your out to eat and you little one does not ask you make sure to ask them it helps them remember. "You have to say do you have to go" Just about all the time all day long once you start the training. I know after Madison got the hang of it she would want to just go in to look around. In every place we went. Yes its hard to deal with when your out to eat but you know us woman we have to go all the time anyways. I hope this helps.

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Corinne - posted on 06/10/2009

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the experts say the rule is...when they can tell you they are wet or poopy, when they hold themselves (recognizing) they are going potty, and if you ask them if they are going orneed to go and they can answer you yes or no! in other words..if YOU feel theyre ready, they probably are! :) good luck!

Corinne - posted on 06/10/2009

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the experts say the rule is...when they can tell you they are wet or poopy, when they hold themselves (recognizing) they are going potty, and if you ask them if they are going orneed to go and they can answer you yes or no! in other words..if YOU feel theyre ready, they probably are! :) good luck!

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