WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO POTTY TRAIN A GIRL?

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Mary-Ann - posted on 01/26/2010

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when she shows interest in the potty. At 16 months we bought our daughter a potty and just left it in the living room for her to do with as she pleased. we told her what it was for and that she could use it if she wanted to. She was off and on in panties and diapers as she chose and sitting on the potty whenever she wanted to. she never did anything in it for a long time though. She was 22 months when she first whipped off the diaper and pooped in the potty. That was shortly after we started reading a book called The Potty Book For Girls. I think there is a video too. So I started training then and all was well until about 6 or so weeks later when an auto flush toilet flushed while she was on it, twice in the same day (we were at the zoo). That was the end of that. She will be 3 in a few months and she is finally over her fear of public toilets for the most part and willing to use the potty regularly, so 3 weeks ago I took away the pull ups for good. She has been doing great. Still has accidents but not every day and she hasn't wet the bed in over a week. I never made my daughter go potty when we started out, she learned the feeling on her own so I never had to "remind" her to go potty. She new when she had to go. And that is a big one too, Make sure she knows when she needs to go, kids will start telling you they they peed and then will start telling you just before they go. That is the key time to start active training. by telling her to go every so often it can make it take longer for her to learn on her own when she has to go. If she were to pee in the potty using this method it would be pure coincidence.

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16 months is pretty early I would think. Maybe give it more time. Don't rush things and try not to stress. You want it to be a positive experience for her. Good luck:)

CYNTHIA - posted on 01/26/2010

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WELL THANKS THESE WHERE HELPFUL TIPS....I HAVE REALLY NO PATIENCE FOR POTTY TRAINING....AND ITS VERY FUSTRATING....I WILL SIT THERE WITH HER FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND SHE WONT GO...AND THIS HAPPENS EVERY 30 MINUTES...AND STILL NO...SHE IS 1 YR AND3 MONTHS....WOULD IT HELP MUICH BETTER IF SHE WOULD START TALKING?....MAYBE THEN SHE WILL LET ME KNOW WHEN SHES READY....

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Once your child wakes up in the morning with dry diapers then that shows they can control their bladder well enough to learn to go on the potty. You can introduce the potty at any time though just don't force it. She will let you know when she's ready.

Tabb - posted on 01/25/2010

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I think 2 is the perfect age. My oldest has Downs and wasn't potty trianed untill right at his 4th birthday. His younger brother is 2 years younger and was potty trianed by his 2nd birthday. They did it together, at the same time. Consistency is the key. Never get agravated, or irate. Always ask her if she feels like she needs to go. Make her go to the potty every 15-30 min. when starting out (more or less, depending on how she is handling it). Put big girl panties on her and let her feel 'in control'. Good luck.

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Gender has nothing to do with anything. Each child is different and each child with show signs of readiness sooner or later. Hit up your local library and pick up a couple potty training books.

Brittany - posted on 01/25/2010

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when she shows interest in using the potty. and can communicate well enough with you to let you know she needs to go

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