Potty Training Question

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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How do you know when your child is ready for potty training? I'm getting people telling me that they got their children to be potty trained by 18 months old and my daughter is now 12 months old

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Tiffany - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter will be 2 1/2 this month and she isn't fully potty trained yet. Funny thing is she is doing wonderful up at daycare and has went a few weeks with only a couple of accidents. She doesn't seem to care to go in the potty at home. I have found out with her that if I don't bug her about going potty and she thinks it's her idea it works better. If you feel your little one is ready than take her to pick out a potty and when she has went a few time and seem to have thing hang of it than take her to pick out big girl panties. It makes for an exciting adventor with your child. Trust me I'm still in the middle of it and sometimes want to pull me hair out. :) Best of luck!

Christy - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Sheri:



Quoting lina:

The earlier u start the easier it will be





really......






 






I always heard that if you rush it, it will take twice as long.






 






Just Curious.






 






Sheri





while it may take twice as long to get them fully trained, the sooner you get your child accquainted with the potty the less likely they will be to decide they're just not doing it. my daughter is 17 months and is day time trained. i started when she was 11 months and it took her till 16 months to stop having accidents, though there was clear progress from the start. my daughter was at the age where she liked to make me happy so when i praised her it made her want to do it more. if i would have waited even till now i think i would have had a harder time b/c she is definitely more opinionated and not nearly so eager to please as she was.



basically, if you want to only take a month or so you will have to wait till the child is older but if you want the process to be smoother start out younger and give them as much time as they need.



 

Jackie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Every child is different, so yours might not be ready when your friend's child is ready. I have 3 girls, and all were different. I don't know why it is such a race to get our kids potty trained by 18 months, it will happen when they're ready. It's like the old saying..."you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink". You can lead a child to the toilet, but you can't make them pee! Ha ha. Good luck.

Ceva - posted on 12/30/2009

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I trained my son at 2 1/2,,I didnt use a potty as you will make more work for yourself cuz ull have 2 train her on to the toilet then. I brought my son to the shoplet him buy noveltly "in the night garden" pants n made him a sticker chart,i stayed at home for 4daysstraight& constantly making a big deal out ofhim using his step & the toilet,giving him loadsa praise and a sticker on his chart everytime he went! It worked wonders for me.......you will know wen your own childis readyno-one noz her like u!! Gudluck X :-)

Sheri - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting lina:

The earlier u start the easier it will be


really......



 



I always heard that if you rush it, it will take twice as long.



 



Just Curious.



 



Sheri

Sheri - posted on 12/30/2009

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My Cousin is 3 years old and is not even potty trained, My Aunt way of potty training is to let him ran around butt naked at home but its not working because not he doesn't use the potty unless he is naked.

Just don't rush it. if she/he goes to bed with a dry diaper and wakes up from a nap with a dry diaper she may be ready for potty training but just remember don't rush her/him and she will start holding it more and she will give you sign that she is ready.

but if you are really worried ask your doctor??

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Each child is different. Do not get involved around Mommy pressure. My son is 2yrs & still not interested. It will happen ...

Lana - posted on 12/28/2009

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I am still working with my two and a half year old son It Is Not Easy! I also don't know how his father is helping him when he is at his house, this is pretty tough cause you feell like everybody expects a 2 year old to be potty trained. I also thought having four other 2 year olds at his daycare already potty training would get him excited, but not as much as I anticipated. So we take it day by day and hope eventually it will come naturally! More trips to the bathroom maybe we will have a break through soon!

Charlotte - posted on 12/24/2009

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My son is 18 months old and nowhere near ready. Every child is different. Dont feel pressured. I've heard the harder you push the harder they resist..especially as they enter the toddler years. I'm introducing the idea to my son by taking him to the restroom with me when I go..but he's shown me he's nowhere near ready himself. I think curiosity is the best way to each. Take her to the bathroom with you when you go, if she sees you..she will probably be curious and want to try. But that's just my advice :o)

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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everyone has their own ideas on this. i thought my son was ready just before he turned 2. so i got the e-book for 3 day potty training. i failed miserably with that and decided he just wasn't ready yet. but i teach and over the summer i knew i had the time to dedicate to it. now that i'm off for winter break, i'm going to try again because now he says he wants to go on the potty at eleast twice a day. more than anything he likes to flush and play with the toilet paper, but at least he's showing interest! he stays dry 3 nights a week, stays dry through naps...and tells me he has to go, gets on the potty, nothing happens so we put a diaper back on and he wets it instantly! so he can control it, and that's when you know they're ready. i have heard from MANY people though that girls are MUCH easier to train than boys! our sitter's daughter trained herself practically over night just before she turned 2...and their son was finally trained at 4!

Michelle - posted on 12/21/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it. Of course easier said than done. I found with my first boys (twins) I bought all the books, took all the advise, and they wouldn't get potty trained. Drove me batty. At around 2 1/2 yrs they showed lots of interest but only for a little while. But a month before turning 4 they said they were ready and wanted to wear big boy underwear and they were potty trained day and night. My next child told me about a month or two after turning 3 that he was ready and he was day and night, also. My next child I'll let him tell me when. I do recommend practicing going potty, getting underwear, and making a positive big deal about going potty. When they feel comfortable and are ready you might be surprised how easy it is.



I have girlfriends who's children were potty trained young, but again it sounded like they were ready. As my pediatrician says you don't see anybody graduating high school not potty trained unless they have issues.



Don't stress about it, don't feel like it's a competition, and be positive and you might be surprised by the results. Sometimes it seems easier when the kids were in diapers. Because when you are using the public restroom there are a whole other set of issues.

Brandi - posted on 12/21/2009

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I am now just starting to potty training my daughter. every child is different. My nephew was not trained till after he was three, he just did not want anything to do with it. They well let you know when they are readY! just watch for signs!

Marcy - posted on 12/21/2009

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I agree every child is different. My 2 1/2 year old is somewhat interested, but no sucess yet, i get sometimes alot of grief from people, but i just tell them she will when she is ready. good luck.

Ashley - posted on 12/21/2009

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yea I'm going out today to get a potty, just so she can see it and get used to what it is so its slowly introducing it to her

Shannon - posted on 12/19/2009

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18 months is a good time to start talking about the potty, or asking if he/she wants to sit on the potty but every child is different. I was potty trained when I was 18 months old. My brother was almost 5 (he was scared) I potty trained my step son a couple months before his 3rd birthday. My 23 month old niece is in the process of potty training. I heard girls are more willing than boys. I think average is age 3.

Alissa - posted on 12/19/2009

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I think every child is different.. My oldest wasn't completely trained until she turned 3 and my youngest who is almost 2 1/2 is currently training, however she expressed interest in the potty before I even broached the subject :) I think the most important thing to do is not to push your daughter into potty training she'll discover the potty before you know it.

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