when do we start potty training?

Carly - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )




A few ladies i know have babies a little older that lucas and they have started potty training. I was wondering at what age should we start potty training? are there any cues to look out for that will let us know they are ready and how do we go about it?


Veronica - posted on 12/29/2009




My son is 13mths and has been going to the potty since he was 6mths. Of course, I watched for cues (grunting, facial expressions). Around 11mths he started to respond to the sign for potty & when asked if he needs to go, he gets up to walk to the potty.

For this method, I think it depends on how much time you have to devoted to it; but in general I think by 18mths is a good time to introduce the potty...the sooner the better, and make it a fun thing with LOTS of praise. Another method friends of mine have used are devoting an entire weekend to it, visiting the potty every 15-20mins. Most of theirs were potty trained in two days.


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Morgan - posted on 01/05/2010




Im going to start potty training my daughter soon. She already goes to the bathroom with me and she flushes the toilet every now and then. now its a matter of buying her a potty and right now we have had some financial hardships so we have to wait till after taxes to start

Emily - posted on 01/05/2010




I'm starting with my daughter (13 months) soon as she says "wet bum bum" when she has a wet nappy and makes a big fuss when she is dirty. Hopefully she will get the idea, but there are bound to be accidents whilst learning. Good luck.x

Sherri - posted on 01/04/2010




It never hurts to familiarize your child with a potty seat. We used a toilet-fitting one, they are cheaper and you don't have to retrain to the toilet. My eldest was poop-trained at 14 months (which, I admit, is unusual, so I wouldn't expect that!) and it was because my mother saw that she was trying to go in her diaper and gave her the opportunity to do it on the toilet. Of course, we had been letting her just sit there for about a minute for several weeks each day, so she wasn't freaked out about sitting there PLUS going into the toilet. At any rate, they won't be truly potty-trained until they can go to the bathroom themselves, or at the very least, be able to tell you they have to go before it happens. I wouldn't rush it or push it. You have at least another two years before you should be concerned about your child's ability to potty-train. (Maybe that helps keep it in perspective?) :) Good luck!


Jewel - posted on 01/03/2010




I think I'm going to start pretty soon. Isaiah (age 13 months) will go and get me a pamper when I ask for it. Yep......... pretty soon!!!!

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I have just bought a whole heap of potties that we have spread around the house just for familiarisation. I have sat Ethan on the potty a few times, just as a seat really, and he is playing with them atm and checking them out. I agree with other posts though - encourage interest in toileting, but no pressure.

Christina - posted on 01/01/2010




My daughter (13 months) is potty training now. I have gotten her to the point that when she takes a nap she wakes up dry then we immediately take her to the potty. I think that you shouldnt rush them to potty train but if they show an interest (like coming in with you when you go to the restroom) then you should encourage it. I just put my daughter on once every hour and now she is starting to go to the bathroom door when she has to go. Its all about when they are ready. ... Good luck

Caitlin - posted on 12/31/2009




I'm planning on starting once my daughter can walk properly, she just took her first steps about 2 days ago, and hasn't done it since. Once she can walk well and pull down her pants, i'm sure we can start then. Nothing says she'll succeed right away, but it can't hurt for her to try it!

Carol - posted on 12/30/2009




wow! thats encouraging. i have been wanting to start potty training and i thought that its too early for my 13 month old daughter but i now will start as i have seen you can do it even for less that one year old.

Alma - posted on 12/30/2009




people have always told me that with boys you can't push them. they are ready when they are ready. both my boys potty trained from 2-4. i never really pushed the issue though. by four they were fully potty trained and i didn't have to lay a finger. it was so easy. they were ready and understood what needed to be done and they were excited for it because it wasn't pushed down their throats.

Irina - posted on 12/30/2009




I've introduced the potty to my daughter at about 9 months. I put her on it as soon as she wakes up in the morning or after a nap. I think it's a good time to produce results as they always have to pee a lot after whey wake up. Once she pees in it I show the pee to her and she says "Pee" and smiles. I know she doesn't understand the concept completely, but she gets very excited and curious once she does something on the potty. Good luck.

Carly - posted on 12/30/2009




wow thanks ladies. i guess you do feel a little pressured in a way becuase you see other babies doing it at there age, but i guess all babies are different and will be ready at different ages. I dont think he is ready yet, he squats and grunts when hes pooping, but has only been walking for abuot 2 motnhs now and cant pull his pants or napp off yet. so ill just wait and see how we go. i dont mind waiting.

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2009




Well I would def. make sure your son can at least let you know in some way that he has to go potty and also, he should probably know how to pull his pants down and back up. babycenter.com has some good info on potty training...a whole list of what to look for. Also pampers.com, probably any baby site has info on potty training and its all pretty much the same. So good luck! My son is 13 mo. 2 wks. and I plan on potty training around 18 months IF he is showing the signs that he's ready. Although I do kinda feel a lil under pressure with a lot of my family asking if I had started yet. He just started walking a month ago...sheesh cut him some slack is what i'm thinking! LOL

Laura - posted on 12/29/2009




my brothers little one is 2 and is just being potty trained.

just go on when you think he ready.

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