When is the best age to start potty training?

Chiquita - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is about to turn one & i want to start putting her in stuff but most actitvities requires potty trained toddlers . when is the best age ?

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Clara - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter is just 2yrs. I'v tryed a few times and I think she's a little too young yet.
Not wanting to go potty. And telling me "no no no" So I don't want to discourage her. I'll just wait a month and try again one of these times it will click. Fingurs crossed!!

Adrianne - posted on 02/24/2010

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One of the best things is never force it. When they are ready they will start to show you signs of it. When they start to realize that they are wet or need a change and tell you about it then you should start the process. My two year old now will tell me when she's wet and needs to change. In between those times we sit on the potty and try to encourage her to go potty in the potty chair :) she loves the attention and usually will sit on the potty with no problem. Some kids potty train fast, others just go at their own pace and thats what I'm doing with her. When she finally starts to go in the potty chair I have no doubt it will go quickly after that :)

Gwendolyn - posted on 02/23/2010

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Look for her signs of readiness or the only one getting trained will be you LOL! My little ones loved the musical potty it encouraged them to want to put somehting in the pot. Hope this helps.

Samantha - posted on 02/21/2010

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around 2 is a good time to get them a potty so they can experiment with it. nothing too pushy, make it fun and rewarding for them! my daughter was completely potty trained at age 3.

User - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter was potty trained at 20 months. She showed interest in using her potty and I jumped on the opportunity to train her. Her interest made it that much easier. Look for signs of interest.....and good luck!

Frances - posted on 02/21/2010

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My oldest daughter was potty tranined before 2, but it was a little tougher with my son. He wasnt completely trained until he was 3. My little one now is 18 months and stays dry for hours at a time and tells us when she is dirty. She doesnt like to be dirty so I think it is time for us to get started with her. Just look for the signs and good luck.

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my daughter was potty trained at 21 months, i got her a potty when she was 20months and let her sit on it after she had her nappy changed, i got her potty training book we used to look/read it, and got her a dvd, she came loo with me and i'd explain wot i was doing,
3 weeks after doin this we went shopping got her loads of knickers that she liked,
and i just put her in knickers,
the first week she had 2 accidents a day, after that maybe one a week, she did great!!!

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2010

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They say that on average a child is ready between the ages of 15 months and 5 years of age to be potty trained. She has to be interested in it and wanting to go.

Amie - posted on 02/20/2010

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I think one is a great age to introduce the potty. Encourage her to sit on it with her clothes on when you are using the bathroom. Talk to her a lot about how big girls go potty on the potty. Once you feel she is use to this then try sitting her on the potty without pants. Once she has this down you can try putting her in underware with characters that she likes. Making each step exciting and showing her how proud you are of her. When you have her in underware you will have to take her to sit on the potty every 15-20 minutes until she uses it. Of course make a big deal of how big she is. If she wets her pant, put her on the potty immediately after. Both my kids where fully potty trained by 2 without a struggle. If she refuses at first thats okay just talked to her a lot about it and try again another day. Power struggles never work. Good Luck!

LeslieAnn - posted on 02/20/2010

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Our oldest was completely potty trained by the time she was 2 and a half. We didn't really push it. We got her the movie Elmos Potty Time and that got her to the point she came up to me and pointed to her potty. She potty trained fast. Hannah is currently potty training and will be two in March. When she wants she'll go in her potty and when shes done with it we put her diaper back on. We noticed with KalieAnn forcing it for us regressed her..so we've come for us that letting them decide they are ready is whats best for us...Potty Training is trial and error sometimes. You just learn to figure out what clicks for them :) Hope this helps oh and Pulls Ups didn't work for us either

Lindsay - posted on 02/20/2010

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I wouldn't start potty training until 2.5 years old. I have yet to hear of a toddler having successful training until after their second birthday.

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2010

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My opinion is that most kids aren't truly going to be ready and understand until about 2 years of age. But, every child is different. Definitely read up on the subject .. babycenter.com is a good resource of information and forums as well. There are signs that your child may show to tell you she's ready. For instance, being able to stay dry for a couple hours at a time ... shows interest in others habits of wearing underwear and using the toilet ... doesn't like feeling wet or dirty ... etc.



Our son was fully potty trained by his 3rd birthday. Pull-ups didn't really work for him because he treated them like diapers. So we went full force with the underwear and explained that these were not diapers, they were not meant to get wet or dirty and he needed to go potty in the toilet like a big boy ... like mommy and daddy. Our daughter, who is 2, has showed some of the signs that shes ready, but not the one that I think is most important -- "doesn't like feeling dirty or wet" -- she still doesn't always tell us when she's pooped... so we're not quite pushing potty training on her just yet. She sits for a min or two on the toilet, but not long enough for anything to happen. :)



All kids are different.. only you know your child and what you think they're capable of. Best of luck!

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