How old should your child be before you start potty training them?

Tasha - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 1 year and 5 months and she says potty and tries to rip her diaper or panties off. I take them off and set her on the potty and she doesn't go.

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Sam - posted on 10/02/2009

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i bought th epotty wen she was 10 months old.We put it in sight and she used it as a toy at first.I used to tell her that this is her potty and she could sit here to do a wee,wee and be a big girl.When she was 10 months she was walking and now by 2 and a half she is fully trainned.I do belive that there is no certain age,they will do it when they are ready.When she was about 11 months to 1 yr she was in the pull ups and i used to take her with me to the toilet and say would you like to try have a wee like mummy does?She used to come behind me with her potty and sit on it while i was in the bathroom.I used to reward her with m&m's and she started goin for wees and poops almost straight away!

Glen - posted on 10/02/2009

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She may or may not be about ready.Only she really knows.It's not an age thing, more an awareness thing.Just don't push her.Carry on with what you're doing so she can become comfortable with it.She's quite young.One of mine really wouldn't go till she was 3!

Just don't stress and it'll all be fine.And ignore all those mum's who tell you their's are doing it already!

User - posted on 10/02/2009

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One thing my friend did was when her children where mostly trained and didn't have an accident all day the got a phone call from their favorite character. The girl got a call from Cinderella and the boy Spiderman. It was really her inlaws disguising their voices but the kids really enjoyed it and they were getting candy all day.

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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Every child is different my son was almost 3 and my daughter before she was 2 it sounds like you are on the right track I would just keep up with what you are doing and before you know it she will being going on the potty :)

Tonya - posted on 09/30/2009

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Honestly, if you think she's ready...go for it! but I need to warn you that I did that with my first and i really didn't take it very serious...so she got bored of it and it took until she was almost 3 to fully potty train her. With my 2nd I learned pretty quick..so we took it very serious when he showed interest and he was potty trained by 18 months :) G'luck!

Cheryl - posted on 09/30/2009

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my daughter was 14 months and she did the exact same thin! she would would pull it off then not go. I found out that when she would pull at her diaper of pull up she was knowing that she was going but did not give enough time to get her to the potty so around the house i would put her in dresses with no undies and she had an accident one time and that was it. I realize that everyone is different and makes more work for mom but it worked. (by the way I never used candy as a treat for going potty) my son is now 7 and still asks for candy when he goes drives me nuts lol.

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Cheryl - posted on 09/30/2009

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Get her some pull ups or when in the house leave her without anything on her bottom half and where she get to the potty shel go wen shes good and ready x

Bethany - posted on 09/30/2009

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Charlotte is nearly 8 mths, and even though she is not "training" yet, I know that she nearly always does a poo after her solid breakfast. I sit her on our potty and we look at a book or play with a toy for 5 or 10 minutes and sometimes I save myself cleaning up a pooy nappy. Also in the afternoon, before her bath. She likes sitting on her potty, and will eventually appreciate not sitting in poo. My friend's mum suggested it to her for her daughter as she often pooed on the change table and it is also working a treat.

When the time comes, Charlotte is in Cloth, so she will know very well when she is wet and will learn quickly how to avoid it I hope.

Talina - posted on 09/29/2009

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You should start trying to potty train when they show fairly clear signals that they are ready. Like acknowledging that they have done a poo or a wee and feeling uncomfortable in sitting in it. My son was just over 2 and a half years old when we started and it was quite stressful (especially due to the fact that I had a newborn). It took us 9 weeks however it can take longer. I have heard girls are much easier.

Bianca - posted on 09/29/2009

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Around 1 year is when toddlers start getting curious about the "throne" lol now is a good time to start her on the potty even if she's not doing anything, just acknowledge the fact that she SAT on the potty. maybe give her a snack or clap for her. this will let her know sitting on the potty is a good thing. as she gets older she will know she is supposed to actually "go" in the potty! lol

most toddlers should be potty trained before their 4th birthday!

more than half are before their 3rd year or during.

Dana - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have only had boys and they were all over three when they were potty-trained, the latest this summer. I didn't both trying until 3 yr 4 mo old, and he trained in less than a week! I had tried at a year with my second son and have lots of funny stories to tell, but in the end, he wasn't trained until almost 3-1/2. I have some friends that have girls and they seem to average around 2 years old. Are your daughters diapers dry at night? If she's waking up dry most of the time, then just keep setting her on the potty at about 20 minutes after meals and regular intervals otherwise. Be sure she's ready. Honestly tho, think about if it's very frustrating for you and her and if it's worth it to try now. I concluded it wasn't on my last one and am so happy I did, because he obviously was really ready when I finally did train him. One week was sooooo much easier. Good luck!!

TNell - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Dalynn:

I used to be a preschool teacher in the 2's room and she sounds ready. I used to tell my parents to make potty training a really big deal i.e. let them pick out there own big girl/boy undies, make a sticker chart for them to use when they try to go, skittles or something for when they do. In my classroom I gave 1 skittle for trying, 2 for peeing and 3 for pooping. Do away with the diapers except for night time. Pull ups are of no use...to them when it's wet it feels no different then a diaper. With undies they at least feel very uncomfortable. This will make life difficult for 2 weeks give or take and lots of laundry. Never get upset over accidents. Hope this helps! Best of luck!



I also used to be a Pre-k teacher, of many ages.  I agree that she is definately ready!  Something else you can try if you don't want to use candy is just make a HUGE deal out of it if she goes in the potty , give hi fives, call grandma, etc. 



One thing I found to be true across the board, no matter what age the kid started:  They will be doing great, you think you are done, and they will regress.  Each kid's regression is different, but if you don't make a huge deal, just calmly make them clean up the messes, they tend to get through it faster. 



One tip:  On public toilets, the one automatic ones:  cover the sensor with your hand.  My daughter completely stopped for six months and was even afraid of our toilet at home because she thought the toilet was trying to get her!  Good luck!

Dalynn - posted on 09/29/2009

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I used to be a preschool teacher in the 2's room and she sounds ready. I used to tell my parents to make potty training a really big deal i.e. let them pick out there own big girl/boy undies, make a sticker chart for them to use when they try to go, skittles or something for when they do. In my classroom I gave 1 skittle for trying, 2 for peeing and 3 for pooping. Do away with the diapers except for night time. Pull ups are of no use...to them when it's wet it feels no different then a diaper. With undies they at least feel very uncomfortable. This will make life difficult for 2 weeks give or take and lots of laundry. Never get upset over accidents. Hope this helps! Best of luck!

Tasha - posted on 09/29/2009

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Thank you I appreciate it. She has gone on it once two days ago, but she hasn't gone since. LOL, so i just wanted to make sure she wasn't too young

Colleen - posted on 09/29/2009

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keep the potty easy access for her and have her wear big girl panties ... or even have "nakey time" ... try even keeping the potty in her room ... so she feels a bit more comfortable going in private ... good luck! ... =)

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