Potty training...

Jessica - posted on 11/23/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15 mths and I was wondering how to go about starting potty training. I do have a 4 yr old who was potty trained before he was 2 but he seemed to have done it on his own and within a matter of a week which was amazing....so I don't know any tricks or fun way to make her want to use the potty and stay on the potty...does anyone have anytips?

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Potty training before age 2 is not too early! Although I do agree that before 12 months it is definately the parents who are trained! :) It does differ from child to child, but to be frank if you can get your child potty trained before they are 2 you will have an easier time--once they hit 2 they are more independant and more likely to be too busy to care. It also doesn't matter if you train in the winter or summer. I had one son trained during the summer months and the other during the winter and honestly the one that trained during the winter was easier. Seasons have nothing to do with it--it is the child's development and personality that make the difference. All 3 of mine were trained by the age of 2. My daughter was trained by 18 months.

If you really want to give it a try. I would recommend putting your daughter IMMEDIATELY on the potty everytime she wakes up. It is natural to go as soon as you wake up so she will most likely go. Praise her and make a big deal about it. Use consistent words so that she knows what to call everything--pee or #1? bathroom or potty? It may seem obvious but sometimes we forget and consistent words really is a big deal! After a couple of days start sitting her on the potty every 20 minutes or so. If she doesn't go then try again 5 or 10 minutes later. This method has worked for me and numerous friends. My boys were trained within a week my daughter took a little longer because she just couldn't go #2. Once she figured it out she was fine and I am loving the diaper free life!

If you choose to wait, that's fine, she won't go to kindergarten in diapers!

Kelly - posted on 11/25/2008

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I think you can introduce kids to it and see how they react, but ultimately, you usually have to wait for them. They say girls are earlier, but I find that it is more about each kid, and not what gender they are. My nephes also basically trained himsef by age 2. My son had interest at 18 mos, but wasn't totally ready, and after 3 attempts, was trained at about 39 months. My daughter trained at 2 1/2, and my other daughter, who's 21 mos, is showing signs of readiness. I would guess, however, that 15 mos is a little early, but then again, there are ppl who train at 6 mos (which I don't get). I also think that for some it's a quick thing, and others it's a process, with stages. No one ever says that, and so you think, oh, he should be doing this by now. Doesn't always work that way. But boy do I wish it did :D

Jennifer - posted on 11/25/2008

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My oldest didn't use the toilet 'til he was almost 3... I was worrying like crazy and then one day he just copied the other kids in his nursery school, and it was done. Now my 17 month old (both boys) is acting like he might be ready to start training... who knows why they are all on their own little schedules! But, like they say, no one starts kindergarten in diapers. :) They all get there eventually...

Jessica - posted on 11/25/2008

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See I thought 15 mths was a little soon but I recently met a bunch of moms in my area and they were all commenting on the fact she wasnt yet potting training at all so I thought maybe I was starting too late and making her bhind in that aspect or something... guess not!

Amy - posted on 11/25/2008

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The other thing to remember is that boys and girls are very different physically/developmentally. A boy can see exactly where his wee comes from and can stop and do it immediately in the garden, for example, without having to get undressed, whereas a girl cant see it and has to recognise the feeling of fullness earlier so that she can get to the toilet in time.
Also, 15 mths is very early to worry about toilet training. Try in the summer after her second birthday, at this point she should be starting to recognise when she is wetting her nappy, and during the warm weather she may only be wearing a nappy and singlet so there is less clothing to remove. You could even try bringing the potty outside and letting her play naked so she can be whisked onto it at a moment's notice.

Jessica - posted on 11/23/2008

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very good point cause i really dont wanna make it a difficult thing for her otherwise i'll have a hard time getting her out of diapers and i dont wanna traumatize her and be changing them till she's 4!

Dawn - posted on 11/23/2008

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My biggest suggestion is let your daughter lead like you said your son did it on his own so will she. All three if mine I had to let them lead. The other suggestion is just intruduce it do not force potty training other wise it will just cause you stress.

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