How do i Train my year and half old daughter to go potty?

MISSY - posted on 04/19/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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How do i start teachiing my year and half old daughter to brush her teeth and potty train her?

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Angela - posted on 04/20/2012

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Like Lisa said the parents should help them till they are about 8 or 9 years old. That what our dentist said also. I started letting my DD do it more often and at her 7year appt she had a lot of plaque so I went back to brushing her after she did it herself first. Let your baby play with the brush after you brush her to get her used to it but dont let her do it all herself

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Susan - posted on 04/21/2012

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With my kids, I let them "brush" their teeth for a minute or so, then I would come in and finish the job, explaining as I went which teeth I was brushing, and how I was brushing them. I continued this method until when I watched them doing it themselves, they did it as I did.



On the potty training, unless your daughter is going for extended predictable times of dry diapers on a consistent basis, I would hold off on potty training. I have several friends that "potty trained" their young children, but because they didn't have muscle control to hold it, or the cognitive skills to recognize when they needed to go, potty training was really just the moms putting their child on the potty very often, and still cleaning up lots of accidents. Why make more work for yourself when the likelihood of success is so low.

User - posted on 04/21/2012

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for the brushing of teeth - we brush her teeth first, then tell her to brush her teeth (which she LOVES, at first I called it 'making them shiny' ). That way I know they are done and she can have a go too. With the potty training, I say go at her pace, just have no nappy times and have a potty around, be really positive about it. never be cross if she has an accident.

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Well on the Sprout channel each night they do a nightly routine with a song and it shows kids brushing their teeth and washing their faces before bed. Mine started brushing her teeth at a year because we would sing that song and run get our tooth brushes to do what they are doing on tv. If you dont have that toddler learning channel, then rent a dvd from the library that she can watch. There is starter tooth paste that is flouride free and okay to swallow, its not minty so it wont burn their mouths. There are fruity flavors without any dyes in them as well. Now when we get ready in the mornings she sees me brush my teeth and she points to the shelf with her brush. So, maybe a song will help. As for potty training, I just bought her a chair and she is two. We keep it in the living room so every two hours i sit her on it and we have stickers and a book of a baby potty training with big pictures for toddlers. she looks at it. no potty in the chair yet, she has had it a few weeks. we are still working on it.

Nicole - posted on 04/20/2012

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For brushing the teeth:
From the time my little boy got teeth he brushes in the bath at night and in the morning after breakfast with dad. He wanted to copy whatever his dad did so we encouraged the brushing of the teeth after breakfast and before doing their hair with gel. This allowed close bonding and has become such a part of his routine that now at almost 3 in the morning after he has his orange juice he rushes off to the bathroom to get his and his dads toothbrush and toothpaste ready!!! Even just letting them play with the toothbrush in the bath is ok cos it helps with the routine.

For potty training:
Put the potty in the toilet/ensuite whichever you use the most and allow her to sit and play with the empty potty. My little one used to put the potty on his head or sometimes sit on it fully clothed while either my husband or i were on the toilet. This way when he was ready i brought the potty out on a towel in the rumpus room so that he realised that going to the toilet didnt mean missing out on what was going on. But I had to wait until he was ready for the toilet and have a week where I was home all week. Summer is great cos kids dont need clothes on while potty training

**Jackie** - posted on 04/20/2012

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I am planning on training my daughter at a year and a half as well (only 2 months away aaahhh) As far as brushing the teeth, I got my daughter a Dora mechanical toothbrush and she laughs at it when it vibrates. She likes having her teeth brushed. We started doing it when her first one came in, I would brush her teeth and my husband would clap and cheer and she would get so excited. Now I let her hold the brush.

Brittney - posted on 04/20/2012

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For brushing her teeth, try giving her a toothbrush and letting her do it herself. Just do spot checks and make sure she doesn't walk around with it.
For potty training, buy a potty and put her on it at regular intervals (30 min) and use cloth training pants. I trained my daughter at 15 months.

Lisa - posted on 04/20/2012

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Our kids' dentist told us to wash their gums before they even had teeth. Then to use those baby tooth brushes when they get teeth. The dentist told us it's very important for the parents to brush the kids teeth twice a day until they are 8 years old, once in the morning, and once before bed. We always let the kids brush their teeth on their own inbetween whenever they wanted to. Then when they turn 4, we let them brush their own teeth in the morning, and we still brush their teeth before bed. This ensures that they will not get cavities. If your 4 year old is not getting their teeth clean enough in the mornings on their own, you may have to go back over their teeth a little when they've finished. By the time they're 6 or 7 it will seem silly to keep brushing their teeth for them, but it's still very important, and worth it for them to not get cavities. My kids have all had great check-ups with no cavities since our dentist told us this, and we started doing it right away.



I didn't potty train my kids until they were 3 and a half years old. I tried before that, but they weren't ready yet.

Medic - posted on 04/19/2012

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My kids have been having their teeth brushed since they came in so they would be used to it. When they were about 14-16 months we started letting them do it on their own and just going back behind them for a quick brush over.

As for the toilet training she may not be old enough or ready. My son trained at 24 months and our daughter is almost 27 months and is only interested in it when it is her idea.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2012

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Yes. Our daughter likes to copy us, so we use our toothbrush and brush our teeth while she's brushing her teeth.

MISSY - posted on 04/19/2012

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for the brushing the teeth should i show her how to use it and let her try or what?

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2012

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You should give your child a toothbrush as soon as they get teeth so they get used to having in their mouth. We get our daughter to brush her teeth in the bath and she loves it.

As for the potty training let her decide when she's ready. If you push it before she's ready then it will take a lot longer.

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