At what age did you start potty training your kid(s) and how long did it take?

Tammy - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 16 month old daughter and baby number 2 is on its way. :) I'd love to have Bethany potty trained before this baby is due. I've been doing some research on potty training, and I've found that the earlier you start, the quicker it happens. I was wondering what age moms have started potty training and how long it took.

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Tammy - posted on 03/16/2010

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Thanks for the advice. I'm still not sure If I'm going to start now or not, because we are moving in a couple months. I'm afraid if I start now that things will regress when we move, but I would love for her to be out of diapers by september.

Donna - posted on 03/14/2010

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I would have to agree with Sarah in regards to children learning at their own pace. Even pediatricians have told me to have patience and they will show signs that they are ready. I have 5 children and we're expecting baby #6! From my experience, introducing them to the potty around the time they start to realize what a "dirty" diaper is, would be the best time to experiment with whether they are ready. Encouragement is always great too! When my kids realized that they get praised for trying to potty, they attempted it more often. Forcing a little one to learn makes them fear it more. Make it a fun thing for them and reward them when they try! Good luck!

Catz - posted on 03/13/2010

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i start my kid potty training when he is 9 month. N now he can sit on his potty and not running every where again

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2010

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This was kind of fun for me when we did this. My daughter didnt want to sit on the potty cause the flushing scared her from public restrooms with the powerflush. LOL! So, we didn't with her in there. We started with reeses peices candy and animal crackers. Every half hour we would go 'try' if she sat but didnt make she'd get 1 animal cracker to show reward for trying. If she sat and 'MADE' she got three reeses peices. She caught on quickly that make paid off better. LOL! when she had an ''accident'' We jst quickly moved to potty room to bath and change. i assured her it was jst an accident honey, lets try again next time on the potty. No punishment or yelling!! Don't show frustrations. she will have it down in about one month if you stay consistant with her. buy training pants (that are panties, jst thicker) without plastics liners, use pull ups at night and remove them first thing in morn. Reward quicly for all makes!!! keep a small bag in bathroom up high out of sight. LOL Good luck and have fun!!!

Sarah - posted on 03/13/2010

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I think a lot just depends on the child. I have two kids and do day care, so have potty trained many kids. Each child is different and will learn at their own pace. The earlier the quicker I don't think is always true. I often say potty training is like walking. Each child figures it out, but they do it when they are ready emotionally and physically. Physically they need to be able to have the muscle development to control when they have to go to the bathroom. Emotionally they have to be ready for that step. Some kids are ready at 18 months others are not ready until 3 years. Some kids potty training is a long process and others it is a short process. My son it took a week of figuring out the timing on when he needed to start to head to the bathroom and from then on never had an accident. He was 3 1/2 yrs old when he trained. My daughter had just turned 2 yrs old when she started, but it took about 6-8 months before she was doing both the pee and poop in the potty. A lot will also depend on changes that are happening in their lives. If you are due soon I would not start potty training. Often times kids will regress when a new baby comes into the family. Too many adjustments happening all at the same time. It is also harder on you to try to attend to a newborn and a toddler potty training. Potty training takes A LOT of time. When you decide to train you have to be ready for that to be your life for awhile. So make sure you are ready for that step as well as your daughter. If you are not ready it will be much harder for her to have success. From all the kids that I have trained my son was the fastest one that I have trained all the rest it has taken a few months of first starting out taking them to the bathroom every hour and having accidents to moving to where we have a rare accident and they are telling me when they have to go. Just like walking...when a child learns how to walk they will fall down a lot and will prefer to crawl to get their faster. As they get better at walking they don't fall as much and they will walk more than crawl. Some kids figure out the walking rather quickly and others take longer at figuring it out (same goes with potty training). Walking and potty training don't go hand in hand though...if you have an early walker it does not mean they will be an early potty training and vise versa.

Stevie - posted on 03/13/2010

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my son is also 16 months and i know boys tend to take longer in potty training than girls do im also 11weeks pregnant with my number 3 child who is due only a month before my son turns 2 my first my little girl started potty training around 2 i believe (i didnt do it cuz she got adopted after i had her but i stay in great contact with her) i know around november she was just about fully potty trained her birthday is in sept as far as i knew around nov when we were together for awhile she was just having problems with car rides idk about the night time part though the thiing i hear all the time is they will start to show an interest in going potty and make sure that they are able to tell you when they think they need to potty and if they have gone potty

Lisamarie81m - posted on 03/13/2010

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My son turned 2 in June we started potty training and by September he was accident free and I think by October he was night time dry as well. My other son turned 2 in december and by the time summer hit he was fully potty trained he took a little longer. they are 6 1/2 and 4 now.

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