when is the best age to potty train?

Kelly - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my son has been telling me poo when he has done one. but not sure if its too early to potty train him, he's 17month old

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Michelle - posted on 04/02/2011

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When they are ready. My boys were all around 3 years by the time they were day and night potty trained. Just make sure you start talking to your child about it maybe when they are around 2 years. Show them how to do it by taking them with you or your husband depending on the sex of the child. Some signs of readiness my boys showed was wanting privacy for pooping, telling after they went pee that they went pee, and few others. Sometimes they might be close but the problem might be that their body isn't quite ready. What I mean by that is my last child who just got potty trained, yeah, would want to wear underwear but he couldn't quite figure when to go and he would end up peeing in his underwear. Then he would always go to the toilet but couldn't go. After about a few weeks of that and a lot of wet and poopy underwear it just clicked and that was that except he was afraid to go poop and that took a few more extra days of training.



Just be aware of your child and talk to them about going to the bathroom. Remember it's going to happen. You don't see any kids graduating high school in pull ups (unless there is an issue).



Good luck!



ps I forgot to add all my boys showed an interest around 2 years or so. I got totally excited, but then they lost interest. So don't be surprised if that happens.

Danielle - posted on 03/31/2011

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18 months is a good time to start. a baby's sphincter isn't fully formed till then. hope this helps :)

Kathy - posted on 03/31/2011

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I would check w/the ped doctor and see what they say. Each child is different however usually little boys potty train best between ages 2-3 yrs.You just dont want to jump the gun so to speak and try to potty train too early and then he looses all interest. Also it is best to have your husband help you take him as when he sees daddy potty he will want to become a big boy just like daddy too. Good luck

Lisa - posted on 03/31/2011

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The real answer is, when they show signs of readiness, as your son is starting to...though be aware, that may not stick. Generally for boys, I've found the magic age is between 2 1/2 and 3.
Lisa (mom of two boys)

Lindsay - posted on 03/31/2011

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I wouldn't push it with him but it's not too early to get him a potty chair and start introducing him to it. For the first week, when you and your husband go to the bathroom bring him with you and let him sit on his potty with his clothes on, also first thing in the morning and around bathtime also. The next week do the same thing but without a diaper on, if he goes give him LOTS of praise and tell him what a big boy he is! If not, don't stress, he's still pretty young! From there just keep doing it and he will eventually get it! My oldest son was potty trained about 4mths before his 3rd birthday, my middle son was 2 and a half! My youngest will be 18mths on April 5th and I don't expect him to be potty trained any sooner than his brothers. If he is then great, if not then no big deal :)

Lindsay - posted on 03/31/2011

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I wouldn't push it with him but it's not too early to get him a potty chair and start introducing him to it. For the first week, when you and your husband go to the bathroom bring him with you and let him sit on his potty with his clothes on, also first thing in the morning and around bathtime also. The next week do the same thing but without a diaper on, if he goes give him LOTS of praise and tell him what a big boy he is! If not, don't stress, he's still pretty young! From there just keep doing it and he will eventually get it! My oldest son was potty trained about 4mths before his 3rd birthday, my middle son was 2 and a half! My youngest will be 18mths on April 5th and I don't expect him to be potty trained any sooner than his brothers. If he is then great, if not then no big deal :)

Traci - posted on 03/31/2011

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my neighbor is a peds dr and I asked her about this as well. She said closer to 2 the better so it will "stick" but if he's showing signs to let him get used to a potty of his very own. it may sit there for a few months or maybe even just weeks but at least he'll know it's his and he goes "poo" there.

Rebecca - posted on 03/30/2011

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My son was following his daddy to the bathroom when he started walking around 15 months he was wearing pullups at his 2nd birthday party and he is wearing big boy underwear during the day now and pullups at night. If he is telling you poo after he has done it then he might be ready he is showing interest, so its possible. My son will be 3 in June and hopefully he will be compeltly trained by then. I think it just depends on the child. Hope this helps.

Yuliana - posted on 03/30/2011

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my baby has been on the potty since she was about 10 months old. She is 15 months now. She does her number 2 business every morning and still uses diapers for peeing. She is starting to advise me when she has to go by saying fuchi which is a gesture that means stinky!

Larissa - posted on 03/30/2011

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The earlier the better, in my opinion! lol But of course I'm a fan of EC and that starts at birth. :D

Jacqueline - posted on 03/29/2011

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Kids will start saying that sometimes around this age. ost people say to wait til they are closer to 2 at least though. Look for other signs that he's ready, interest in using the potty, able to hold it, longer periods between peeing etc. My ds was 2 and I tried PTing him. He knew HOW but just wasn't ready to be fully PTed so we had to go back to diapers and wait several months before bringing it up again. He'll be 3 in may and is now PTed but it was very frustrating when he knew how but wouldn't! They grow up too fast already. No need to rush it more!

Chairettie - posted on 03/28/2011

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I'd introduce him to the potty for sure - when you go let him go - or try to go, if he doesn't go no big deal if he does HUGE praise and hugs :o)

Amanda - posted on 03/28/2011

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I really don't think there is a right time or age but it does sound like he has noticed what is in there:) so that is a start. I've been putting my 17mo on the potty when I go. She hasn't went in the potty yet but I think she gets the idea some what. Just take little steps but I would start something now since he does know a little. Good luck!

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/28/2011

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The best age is when the child is ready. Potty training is a massive step for them.
Because he is still young i wouldnt push the issue, but you could start introducing him to the potty if he shows intrest. Placing him on the potty every now and then. Just see what happens.

Lisa - posted on 03/28/2011

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Too soon for it to "stick" expecially with boys. You're in phase one. It usually goes away (mind you, I said usually). Let him sit on the potty but don't push at all.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2011

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There really is no best age. My cousin's wife had her two girls potty trained completely by 18 months. My kids were all right around 3 before they were potty trained. All I can say is that if he shows signs of wanting to potty train, then introduce the potty, but don't force the issue. If he seems really interested, then lucky for you, if not, he will eventually.

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