Hi everyone can anyone please tell me when is the best age or time to start potty training ??

Lisa - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Hi all,

Im a bit stuck as im being torn between advise from friends and family about when to start potty training sme say start now some say not yet my daughter is a yr and half ? x

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Louise - posted on 04/30/2010

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18 months is to young to potty train the normal age is around 2 to 2 and a half for girls and between 2 to 3 for boys. Please don't force her to do this at such a young age. I used to work in a pre school and the chilldren that had been potty trained very young regressed back to wetting themselves. Let her dictate to you when she wants to potty train. You are lookng for long periods of time with a dry nappy, the feeling of not wanting poo in the nappy and an interest in the toilet. I have an 18 month old daughter who I will not even think about training until she is 2. When you do start training stick with it, it takes about 10 days for your youngster to get the idea.

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Annesha - posted on 05/11/2010

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When she learns how to walk. That's when I did it. Oh and get the pull ups that get cold when wet. They work wonders.

Kerri - posted on 05/11/2010

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my son is just 3 and i started training him way too soon. my secon d child was due so i wanted to get him out of nappies i think i started before he was ready, hes now getting there but its taken 4 months. i know people whos kids were trained at 1 or 2 but it so depends on the child and weather THEY are ready not you. theres no advice that can help , you know your child and it will happen when THEY want it to not when you want it to.

Natalie - posted on 05/09/2010

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It's really up the kid, but at the same time I reccommend potty training start in the warmer months..... My son was not ready until he was about 2 1/2 years ( And I started trying at about 20 months) yet me Daughter was completely out of nappies at about 18 months and training her took only about 1 month, with no potty, she was straight on the toilet using a step.

Kat - posted on 05/09/2010

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I read a book once that said potty training is about training the parent, not the child. I thought that was interesting. You can start whenever you feel you are ready to drop everything you are doing a zillion times a day at the drop of a dime. Of course, if you wait until your child has expressed an interest in training, it would probably be less of a struggle. If the child shows interest, I'd jump on it. Once they've taken interest, if they aren't taught, they'll lose interest for a long time before having any interest in potty training again.

Anita - posted on 05/09/2010

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Start when your lil one is ready. If you have a floor potty leave it in the room somwhere and see what she does. If she sits on it then seh is ready. Best time to also start is when its warm/hot weather where she can go nappiless. just be aware the longer you leave it the harder is will get to potty train.

Virginie - posted on 05/09/2010

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I found it easier to start before two, as my son turned much more stubborn. He was already aware that he was going though, which seems to be key. If your daughter is not aware that she is peeing or pooping, she's not ready. You should raise her awareness first and see how she responds.

Kandie - posted on 05/08/2010

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i would start to potty train.i would start by putting a potty in the bathroom or livingroom.it all depends on where the child is most comfortable.if the child is ok with going in the bathroom then put it there and when you have to go to the bathroom then ask the child to go to.my daughter started by sitting on it with clothes and then she slowly worked her way to going regular.everytime i would go to the bathroom she would go and she still does it plpus a little more.she will pick it up. it is alot of work and the child has to be ready also. if she is ready then just start.she will get it soon.

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2010

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its really up to you when ever you think she is ready all children are different i have two boy and my first i started at 3and a half and the other i started at 2and a half and there both fully potty trained i was asked to start when my boys were 1 and i didn't think they were ready so i waited until i thought they were ready to understand what the toilet was for and they got it straight away i always found the summer is the best time to potty train them in anyway as they drink a lot more so its easier to no when they want to go to the toilet and most of the time its around ten minutes after they have had a drink

Ann - posted on 05/03/2010

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I have a 3 yr. old "Very stubbon" daughter who refuses to pee or poop on the potty I have one in each of my bathrm's and have even tried Princess Pull up's and she want's NOTHING to do with any of it...I have been trying with her since she was your daughter's age and nothing is working....so I say start now, and maybe if your like me you still will be struggling with it...by the time she's 3....It isn't good to push them and get mad at them and I don't do that to my daughter( even though I should sometime's) but I know that isn't the right thing to do, I guess she Just isn't ready yet, But again I would try to start alittle bit of potty training with her now and if she's really not interested in it and then Just stop for awhile, Good Luck

Patricia - posted on 05/02/2010

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My daughter is 26 month and I have not started yet. I have a potty and she has sat on the potty a few times, but has not used it yet. Follow your childs lead and you will know when she is ready.

Carla - posted on 05/02/2010

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your little one will let you know when it's time. when she's ready she's starting wanting to sit in the toillet and pulling her diaper and wanting to play in the washroom. when my oldest daughter was just about 2 i decided it was time. let me tell you, i cleaned alot of pee off the floor. then i gave up on it. when whe was about 2 and a half she started showing interest in out toilett. pulling her diaper. we tried then. it was very fast at that time. good luck.

Shirley - posted on 05/02/2010

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Hi My I have three children and I have never made the first move to potty train them I have always let them show me the signs that they are ready. My twin boys bothe were potty trained by the age of 3 1/2 - 4 some will say that was late but I did what was right for them and it worked. Where as my daughter who is now 3 on 8th april has been dry since march. There is no rush just let her show you when she is ready.

Sabra - posted on 05/01/2010

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My oldest started to show interest about 16 months while at daycare... just embrace the fact your child is curious. She was totally potty trained prior to her sister being born... but she has reverted back to wearing pull-ups at night (although she doesn't need to. I think it's the fact her sister- 9 1/2 months) wears diapers). Encourage her-- she'll have her moments where she doesn't want to do anything, but let it go and try it again in a week or so.... she'll respond to your reactions. I know for my oldest giving her a reward for the first few months helped her out

User - posted on 05/01/2010

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My daughter Is 2 1/2 and we are also having probs potty training her. She will sit on the potty but wont do anything in it. What is this 3 day thing?

Jodell - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have a almost 3 year old. She wants nothing to do with the potty chair. Has a temper and is very stubborn. Does this 3 day thing really work?

Krista - posted on 05/01/2010

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by the time aly was 2 she was able to control it and she is a stubborn child.. and very strong minded.. she knew this was something she had control of so this was a real problem for us. if i would have started before she knew that she had her own mind she would have potty trained. i hated pull ups so we just used them in daycare other wise i cleaned up after her.she could go all night a 11 months.. good luck u do what is right for you .. don't listen to everyone else you will go nuts.. :)

Krista - posted on 05/01/2010

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you will know.. you are her mom.. i made the mistake of starting aly to late i should have started her at 11 months.. but i listened to everyone else.. booo.. lol i will be starting baby sofia at 11 month she is getting a potty when she can crawl.. :)

Sherrie - posted on 04/30/2010

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I would say if she's showing an interest, do it now.My opinion. But with 3 children it's worked using intuition.My daughter Destiny is 14 mos. and acts like she's gonig potty when i go.I always have taken her with me in the bathroom when i goafter a year old, and explain sounds, and things ect. she's responding!But i am going to wait 1 more month. So she knows WHAT she's doing and why. Hope this helps!Good luck! Sher

Cathy - posted on 04/30/2010

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my oldest daughter was ready at about 2 1/2 so we started to potty train and by the time she was 3 she was complety trained, during the day and at night. we didn't even try to train her at night, but she did that on her own.

Lynsey - posted on 04/30/2010

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Unless she is showing signs of wanting to potty train then I think it really is too early. Buy a potty and it keep next to the toilet anyway and see what happens, perhaps even use a dolly as role play with your child. At 2 yrs my son would tell me when he was doing/had done a wee or poo in his nappy and as soon as he had done it, he wanted to take the nappy off. I took that as a sign that he was ready and he did potty train very quickly. My daughter on the other hand has just turned 3 and is only just out of nappies so every child is different. But dont push her as that could really put her off.

September - posted on 04/29/2010

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Our son is 18 months old and in the early stages of being potty trained. IMO you start when your child shows signs of readiness.

Joanna - posted on 04/29/2010

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prob still a bit young but my boy is now 19months and he has two pottys one downstairs one up stairs,i have told him what they r for and he sit him on them, but he doesnt understand he has started to say before and after he does one,but i ask if he wants to do it on potty and he says no most of the time but when he says yes by the time i have taken down his trousers and taken his nappie off its always to late, will prob try really hard at end of summer cos they run around naked in garden so if any accidents it wont matter

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It's really up to the child, some kids want to start early others really late. Don't push her, that can make her rebeal against potty training. Have potties around and let her discover them by play and you will get to talk to her about it. Talk about what is saposed to go in the potty, encourage her to sit on them. If she seems ready she can sit with or without a diaper on the potty. When you think she is ready give her lots of liquids and take her to the potty often, then have a party when she pees. My neice started when she was 1 yr old and at 18 months she was fully potty trained, calling her mom to wipe her and everything. My son is 25 months and potty trains off and on, when he is into it, he rarely goes in his pants, but then he decides to stop for a while. I just wait for him to come around again. With my son he will go in his pull ups and diapers, but if he had underwear on he goes potty every time, until he decides to not potty anymore, then he doesn't want to put on underwear.

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