Should I start potty training?

Rilda - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 2 this July and shes already showing signs that she is ready to start. EX: pulling her own dirty diaper off, letting me know when she has gone #2, and she is constantly scratching her back and butt trying to pull the diaper off. Is she too young to even think about potty training? I know all kids are different and my daughter has always done everything earlier than the average or recommended age. If she is ready how should I go about it? Do you start them with the training pull ups or are those for bigger kids who are already somewhat potty trained? Thanks so much!

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Amanda - posted on 05/25/2010

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Go ahead and try hon! There is nothing wrong with it, try, if she gets it, thats awesome, if not, wait a couple months and try again. We've been trying on and off for the past year now, and my son is 3 tomorrow, and still doesn't competely have it down lol... He wasn't ready beforehand, and I think he's ready now, just being a bit stubborn haha... He does really good going pee on the toilet but has yet to poop. He also usually won't tell you if he has to go, unless you actually ask him. Oh well, he's got till September to get it down, before his baby brother gets here lol.... As for the pull ups, they have 2t size, so if she can fit in them, I would use those at like nap time and bed time and try to keep her in big girl undies the rest of the time. Just makes it easier for them to know when they had an accident, in my opinion.

Erica - posted on 05/25/2010

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I know lots of kids that have been trained since about 18 months of age (not my own) but it's possible and only she knows when she's ready so if she telling you, there's no harm in trying. YAY!!

Chelsey - posted on 05/25/2010

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My 18 month old is doing the sames so we started putting her on the potty when she asks or is pulling at her diaper. She sometimes goes and sometimes not. At this stage we aren't really pushing her to go, but if your daughter wants to go for it. I'm not a big fan of pull ups because to them they are pretty much a different type of diaper so we've just been keeping Lily in diapers and occasionally we put her in panties to be like her big sister...a few wet floors but oh well. Don't be pushy, give lots of encouragement for going and trying and she'll either get it or you will know that she's not ready yet

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Gina - posted on 05/25/2010

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I started my older daughter's training on her 2nd birthday. she got big girl panties and a potty chair as gifts. She wore the pull-ups at nite only and the plastic lined training panties all day. For the first week of her training, we drank lots of water and she went in the RR with me everytime i had to go,i asked her to sit on her potty each time as well. We put a box with a few books next to her potty and stayed in the RR until she went.
It's also a good idea to ask her about every hour if she needs to try or has she gone already in her diaper.

Louise - posted on 05/25/2010

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Two years is the earliest you should be thinking about potty training. At this age a child can control both bowel and bladder. If you think you will be successful then go for it. First of all start by buying lots of ordinary pants no pull ups as these absorb wee and don't teach a child that if they pee in their pants they get wet. If you are using a potty then place them on the potty every half an hour until they have a wee then wait an hour and put them on every half an hour after that.Ask your daughter does she want a wee or poo. It takes about three days for your child to understand that they need to be on the potty to go to the toilet. After a week you should almost be there with less accidents. It is much easier to train a child who is two and a half than a two year old. If you are adament that you want to try now then be prepared with kitchen towel and floor cleaner and plenty of clean clothes. Ignore the accidents and praise the successes. I never used a potty for my boys they went straight to the toilet and had there own seat I found this much easier because if they were going to leave it to late at least they would make it to the bathroom and be stood on a tiled floor that could be cleaned easily and I did not have to retrain them to use a toilet and not a potty.

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