how old should you start potty training a little girl?

Katie - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I am just wondering when you should start potty training. I dont want to start to early or to late?


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It really depends on your child. If she can hold it through a nap, that's a good sign. If she can communicate well enough to tell you she needs to potty, that's important too. It's good if she's interested in watching you go or wanting to sit on a potty. I've heard that it's important to not force the issue too much and watch for their "readiness". That way they don't get stressed about it and want nothing to do with it.

Jeanine - posted on 07/14/2009




I started when she was 18 months old and that just made me frustrated! So don't start too early! My pediatrician said between 2 1/2 to 3 and around 3 if they aren't starting to get it she would have a talk with us but she finally got it at a couple weeks before she turned 3. Now she has regressed for some reason but we think it is attention seeking because she has a 5 month old sister to compete with now so to speak. So hope you don't have that to consider like is but she was doing great for about 6 weeks, about 2 weeks before her 3rd bday. Hope this helps good luck.

Sally - posted on 07/10/2009




I kept a potty downstairs and upstairs and both of mine were interested in it. Dont start too early I started it at about 20 months just going with them not forcing them, encouraging them.

Lindsey - posted on 07/09/2009




I was told if they are waking from naps with a dry diaper they are ready! Hope this helps.

Darcie - posted on 07/08/2009




I don't know how much this will help, but I have a 2 1/2 year old girl and everyone keeps telling me that she'll potty train when SHE'S ready. All you can do is try to encourage her and try to help her acknowledge when she's going potty....

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