when should i start potty training, my daughter is 20months old

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Ashley - posted on 09/26/2009

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your family and friends who are "expierence with kids might say it should have already been done but it's one of those things you don't really want to force her to do cause it could back fire and she'll not want to do it til she four or older. She will or should let you knwo if she ready. I would start putting her in pull up's to get her use to the idea of something being pulled up and down instead of ripped off., if you don't already allow her in the bathroom when you go so she can see that's where "big girls" go potty. once she starts showing signs encourage but don't push it, once she actually starts using the potty what i did with my daughter was took her to walmart let her pick out her own package of underwear, and told her she could only where them if she continues to go on big potty, she liked that special reward and yes there were a few accidents, but she tried really hard to stay in those underwear.

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I don't think its too early. If she is willing to sit and is interested, then go with it. I started my son at 26months and it wasn't working and then we took a break and started again at 30months and he took to it right away. He watched Elmo potty time everyday. What worked the second time was a prize bucket. Every time he went, he got to pick something. He really loved trains and M&Ms, so I bought a bunch of trains and M&Ms and put them in the bucket.

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2009

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Some people will tell you to wait until your daughter is ready.I waited for my 4 year old son to be ready and yet still no luck.I say start getting her used to the potty,make the potty her best friend.Put a basket of fun things to do while going potty in the bathroom next to the potty.You can even try rewarding her with stickers and candy when she uses the potty.

Lacie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Follow your kid. SHe will let you know when she's ready. Atleast let her seem interested in the potty for 2 months before you start trying. As soon as my son was interested we started trying and it took him 6 months before he was fully trained because he back tracked and showed no interest a month in. A useful tool is if she does start going and she has to be in the same room as you slowly move the little potty to be in the bathroom. Such as if she learns to go in your living room, two days later move it into a room closer to the bathroom, eventually she will be in the bathroom and each day she can get closer to the big potty. Then she will be on the big potty in no time. Just a suggestion. It's different for everyone.

Gemma - posted on 09/26/2009

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thanx 2 everyone 4 their replies. i dont think she is ready just yet as she seems a little shy of the potty, lol. couple of weeks ago she cried wen we st her on it so we left her alone but the other day she sat on it all by herself although she didnt do anythin but i praised her 4 doin this. we leave the potty out 4 her so she can get used 2 it and im sure wen shes ready she will let me kno, sum how, lol xx

Lindsay - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter is also 20 mos old. I am expecting our second baby, and would really like her to be potty trained (or at least close)by the time I have the baby. So I bought her a potty and put some books in the bathroom. In the morning when she first wakes up we sit on the potty and read some books, most mornings she pees in the potty. I get all excited for her. We also sit and read on her potty before her bath and before bedtime. She doesn't always go, but I figure it is at least getting her used to the potty. One time she even tried to pull her diaper off and sit on her potty in the middle of the day, she didn't go, but I was excited she wanted to sit on it on her own.

Charquise - posted on 09/23/2009

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Normally, you would want to start as soon as they show interest in it or when they turn 2. I didn't start when my son showed an interest because I thought he was too young. He was 13 months at the time. I've been trying and trying but wasn't successful. He's 20 months and last night he surprised my husband and I. We were in the living room playing before his bedtime and he pulled his shorts off and motioned for his daddy to follow him. He ended up in the bathroom. He lifted the lid on his potty and pulled off his pull up and peed. Don't try to push the issue unless they are 2. But they will let you know when they are ready.

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2009

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they will let you know...just get her a neat potty and show her what it is all about, even her just sitting on one may be interseting to her...:)

Catherine - posted on 09/23/2009

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hi mommy gem..:) my son is 3 yrs old now..i started potty training him when he was 2 1/2 yrs old.. first, when he was just at home, hes not using a diaper, we teach him to say weewee if he wants to pee, and if he wants to poo he dont like to use potty trainer.. so we still using diaper that time...after a month, eventually we removed his diaper when he is sleeping.. this is very difficult because i had to wake up at 4am just to wake him up also and assist him to pee in his trainer..in 3 months time.. he never used a diaper anymore unless were going out, after that we tried him to poo in his potty trainer but he dont want to..even more on water closet..but we never give up, we showed him how to use and it is more fun to use a water closet than to poo in his diapers..and we explained it to him that hes a big boy now and eventually hes going to school so he must know how to use the water closet..:) next month is his birthday..hes 3 years old already..and im proud that my son is not using a diaper anymore..or a potty trainer..:) you will know when is the time to potty train your daughter.. just try and explain it to her.. if she shows some sign that she dont want to..dont push her..and never get angry, because if you do that, she'll just get scared..



goodluck mommy gem..:)

Brittany - posted on 09/23/2009

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its really all on your kid...maybe you should start the potty training process and see how it goes like leave the diaper off for while and introuce them to the potty and get them to try and pee on it and just take it slow day by day and once your kids see that your happy they will get happy and just clap and say yayy my daughter loves it everytime she goes she comes out clapping her hands and tyring to give high fives lol

Brittany - posted on 09/23/2009

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my daughter just turned two on the 20th and she letted me know when she was ready about 2 months ago she would start taking her diaper off and telling me when she would pee in her diaper or anything.. i would say your kid will most likely let you know but if not around two!

Gemma - posted on 09/23/2009

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yh couple ppl i have spoken to have said around 2 but got family moanin sayin i should be doin it by now

Brittany - posted on 09/23/2009

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my daughter just turned two on the 20th and she letted me know when she was ready about 2 months ago she would start taking her diaper off and telling me when she would pee in her diaper or anything.. i would say your kid will most likely let you know but if not around two!

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