16 month old girl showing interest in potty training, advice

Melissa - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old daughter is showing an interest in potty training. She is very verbal and tells me when she is poo poo which means both poo and pee to her. She sometimes tells me when she is actually do it but most of the time not until afterwords. She has started trying to take her diaper off. I do not want to push her because she is still so young. The doctor said it was okay to introduce the potty chair so I bought a pink one with a cushy seat that does not make noise. She loves to dance and I was afraid she would try and play with one if it did. I sit her on it when I have to go to the bathroom. She has not done anything in it yet, but she knows what it is for. She points to it and says poo poo. She even once put toilet paper inside it, I guess because she has seen us do it in the big toilet. I would like advice on how to proceed from here without pushing.

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Amanda - posted on 07/16/2010

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my daughter potty trained at 18 months and i didn't have to do much. What made her actually do it was that she was sick one night. That isn't exactly the way u want it to happen but what i did was asked if she had to go every couple of hours and then if she said yes i would put her on it. Another thing my daughter did was that she didn't like using her potty she wanted to use the big potty so i got one of those seats that u put on the big potty and that worked much better. She would actually try after that and she always liked to flush the toilet. My son on the other hand i am not sure what or when with him he is 15 months but is already taking off his diaper ..... i think i am going to leave that one up to daddy : ).

Megan - posted on 07/15/2010

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I agree with most of the posts. Start it at her pace my daughter is two and she does great. The only thing i would say is not to introduce the rewards like M&Ms my sister is a nanny and two of the girls she has potty trained stopped going on the potty after being fully potty trained because the rewards were gone.

Tanya-Lynn - posted on 07/15/2010

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I think you should let her get more interested in it if shes in diapers still or pull ups and talking i would tell her when you get down the last few tell her mama ain't buying you anymore, your a big girl and have to start using the big girl potty now. I said this to my daughter at 3 1/2 thats how long it took me to train her. for a bonus in her room have a little drawer full of little undies i did that to my daughter and everytime she had an accident she would run to her drawer and put on a dry undie, it worked......took me 48 hours to train my daughter hope this helps a little

Shaunna - posted on 07/15/2010

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id say go for it. im working on it with my son now and hes 20 months old and stubborn lol. i give him a sticker if he goes. but yeah when she does use it clap for her and call her a big girl and just let her know that she did a good thing

Kim - posted on 07/15/2010

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When our child started showing interet we ust put him on the potty at 3 different times during the day. If he stayed we clapped and praised him, but if he didn't want to stay there we didn't worry about it. I think the jkey is not to make it a big deal otherwise it becomes too stressful for the child.

Julie - posted on 07/14/2010

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when i had my son i had a potty that was part of a set wlong with the bath and other bits. when my son could sit up unaided i would sit him on it for a little while each morning. i got some great pictures of his cheeky grin and infectious smile. he got so used to sitting on it that eventualy it was second nature just part of the morning ritual. bath potty dressed breakfast. i tried it with my aughter but she wasnt interested she went from a nappy to the toilet age 2. kids do things in their own time and your baby is telling you its almost time so start trying. good luck oh and get some carpet shampoo and disinfectant at the ready for accidents ha ha

Angie - posted on 07/14/2010

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My youngest was trained at 17 months, that said I wouldn't actively train a child that young but I would make the potty accessible and help her if she needs it. At around 15 months my youngest started using the potty occasionally, she demanded being changed as soon as she went in her diaper and would often tell me as she was going or before. I got her a potty, made sure she knew what it was for and it was accessible to her. She went around naked a lot at home (or at least bottomless) and she would go to the potty on her own. If she went on the potty I just said "good job" if she didn't I didn't say anything at all. It was really only about a week from letting her go bottomless and having the potty accessible before she was using it 99% of the time. I definitely wouldn't push it or make her sit on the potty at allotted times but let her know where it is, let her go if she needs to and if she goes let her know she's doing a good job. If she's ready she'll do it on her own. If she doesn't then she probably isn't 100% ready yet.

Julie - posted on 07/14/2010

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i agree give it a go. keep her nappy on but the next time she says anything take it off and sit her on the potty. i took my kids shopping for a new potty and they picked what they wanted which to them made it special. when they were fully potty trained i took them shopping again and let them pick their own p[ropper big boy/girl pants. praise when need be too. always clap and tell them good job and clever girl/boy and even brag to daddy if he wasnt there and make sure he praises too.

Hayley - posted on 07/14/2010

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Give it a go!!! I recommend a book by Gina Ford 'Potty training in 7 days'- its an excellent book with suggestions and hints and tips on what to do. Buy/make a reward chart is my biggest tip- and reward for wet and dirty pottys. sit baby on the potty when you know you are going to get success- just after breakfast or when you see the lovely poo face that our little ones make!!!! get books and toys that baby likes, entertain her/him, get two potties for the house one upstairs one downstairs so you don't have to rush about. The book is excellant and there is a little ground work to do before you take the plunge into potty training.....Good luck and if you could get you little one to talk to my 19 month old to tell her how its done - pleasse do!! Hxx

Anita - posted on 07/13/2010

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Definately start the toilet training, but also remind yourself to take her at least every hour to avoid accidents as that can set them back. Just stay with her to avoid distractions and she should go fine. Summer is the better time to train from what I have experienced

Becky - posted on 07/13/2010

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There is no harm on starting to train her now. All of my moms girl's were potty trained by 18 months. Just start putting her on it every 30 mins and make it a really exciting moment when she does and when she does go potty on it reward her. I used M&Ms with my daughter. She got 1 go potty and 3 if she went poo.

Traci - posted on 07/13/2010

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I don't have any just yet since I only have a n 8 month old but if you get any good advice let me know!! I couls use all the help I can get seeing as how my daughter only has me as the only other female.

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