what is the best to start potty training?

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Melissa - posted on 01/12/2009

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Thanks Shae! Isn't it great when they take to a new idea or concept so quickly!



 

Shae - posted on 01/11/2009

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I think the biggest thing is just to wait until your child is ready, and showing major signs of being ready to be potty trained.  We just potty-trained our son back in September and he was 3 years, 4 months at the time, and he has been doing great!  He only had a handful of accidents the first 2 weeks, and hasn't since.  My daughter has decided that she wanted to potty-train this week...so that's what we did.  She is 22 months old.  A couple of times in the days before we started potty-training her, I asked her if she wanted to go potty on the toilet...sometimes she would say yes, and would sit, but nothing would happen.  Other times, she just said no, and I wouldn't push the issue.  Well, two times in one day, I asked her, she said yes, and then she actually went potty!  So the next day when I asked her, she obliged, and was successful, I decided to put her into underwear.  We only had 3 accidents the 1st day (which I don't count one of them, because she was actually heading to the bathroom, and didn't quite make it...at least she knew what to do and where to go!)  So, we've been at the whole potty-training thing for about 6 days now, and she has not had an accident for the last 3 days!!  I've been SO impressed at how she's been taking to it!  I wasn't really ready to start potty training her, but she took a hold of the reigns and off she went, so I was along for the ride!  I think the biggest thing is just to watch for cues that tell you when THEY are ready!



(It's been kinda nice, too, in just 3 1/2 months, going from 3 kids in diapers, to just 1 kid...my 4 month old!!)  :)

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2009

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Thank you so much for all the advice! I think my daughter is ready, but I don't want to be too pushy...I will check out that potty training book! I also might try getting her "big girl" panties to encourage her along. Thanks again! :)

Nikki - posted on 01/10/2009

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There is not a lot you can do, you teach them until they understand the concept and let them that its there, no one will do anything if pushed to it, you have to work around their pace. I would say 2 (or around 2) would be best because they can understand more. Support them and let them know it is there for whenever they want it, and teach what to and let them control the rest. GOOD LUCK!!

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They have to be ready.  It's very easy for parents to potty train themselves.  A parent knows to take the toddler in every 20 minutes or whatever, the kids don't catch on until they are ready.  I tried at 18 months with my oldest.  She was no ready at all.  I tried again at 2 1/2, and it took just one week.  I just stopped diapers, gave her cotton panties, and told her not to pee on the princesses.   First day; 13 changes of clothes, second day; 7 changes, third day; 3 changes.  By the end of the week, we had our first day of no accidents and I took her out of the house without a diaper. 



The kid has to be ready!

Jodi - posted on 01/10/2009

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with Victoria (my now 18 year old), i was a bit pushy with her; i started training her at 2, she was fully potty trained at age 3 after much kicking and screaming and plenty of accidents.



with Dani (now 15), i tried a different approach... i let her go at her own pace and she was pottying by herself by 2 and a half, with little or no drama.



i think i'll try that same tact with sara beth, my 2 and a half year old, who is starting to show interest... . i set her new 'pink" potty up a year ago, and all she has managed to do with it, is wear the bowl around on her head as a hat, much to my chagrin.

i think all kids are going to go when they are good and darn ready anyway... so i'll just watch for her cues and help her out when she decides it's time.



all baby people are so different, i guess it's just about trial and error until you land on something that works.



ps... i will definitely check out the book that amy suggested as well.. =)

Amy - posted on 01/09/2009

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Only one particular book worked with my daughter. It is called MY BIG GIRL POTTY. They also have MY BIG BOY POTTY. It is by Joanna Cole. It also helped when Maggie saw her older cousins using the potty.

Kelley - posted on 01/09/2009

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well I have 16 month old twin girls and I actually bought them pottys yesterday. I did that because they were both showing signs of interest such as watching me in bathroom, pulling their pants down, taking diapers off etc... when i came home with them they both took of their diapers and sat right on the potty. they didnt go in it yet, but this way by the time they are really ready they will know what its about and not be scared over it

Jenn - posted on 01/09/2009

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my little girl started just a little bit after 2 yrs old and did great, caught on to it fast and is 3 now. it started at the daycare she was in, she came home wanting to do it so that helped. but my friend has a boy thats the same age (now 3) and she cant get him to potty train. he wants nothing to do with it. i guess it depends on each child when they are ready.

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