Potty training - what is the right age?

Catherine - posted on 05/21/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is in a day care, and they apparently start potty training the kids at the creche, from 27 months. What is the significance of 27 months (that's 2 years and 3 months). It just seems like an odd time, as opposed to say, 18 months or 24 months. I'm wanting to try and potty train her at home as much as I can, but that means only mornings before school, afternoons / evenings and weekends. I guess I may end up relying on the school more than I would like.

Any ideas on why it's 27 months?

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Angie - posted on 05/24/2011

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Catherine, I think the daycares start assisting in potty training at 27 mos to give them time to be successful at it by the time they move up to the 3 year old class where you must be potty trained to move up. The daycare is a great place to learn potty training, they see all the other children doing it and they want to do it too! It makes potty training so much easier!

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Kristy - posted on 05/24/2011

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What is the age cut off for the class? A lot of centers say your child must be potty trained by 3 to move to the next class.

Brianna - posted on 05/23/2011

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that really weird.. later than i would of thought.. i would of thought they would say 22 months since most potty training books say to start at 18-22 months of age. my niece is 19 months a potty trained expect for at night. my daughter is 18 months and im not planning of potty training her till 22 months cuz i dont think shes ready yet

Sharon - posted on 05/23/2011

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Yeah I agree, I think it's dependant on the child, not a specific age.
We are about to start with our eldest...he's 18mths. He's aware of when his nappy is wet or dirty and insists it is changed straight away. We have about 2-3 mins to react after he tells us or he's taking off then nappy and streaking through the house...hehehe.

Katherine - posted on 05/21/2011

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No clue. It actually drives my bonkers when people say a certain age is the magic age. Every child is different and I believe that when they're ready they're ready. You just need to check for signs of readiness.

*Pulling off the diaper
*asking to go potty
*staying dry for long periods of time
*pooping in the potty

Those are just a few.

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