At what age should i start toilet training?

Zoe - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




she's 19 months but was born 3 months prem so her milestones are at 16 months, she HATES getting her nappy changed and we have brough her a new exciting potty, how and when should i start and any idead ont he best way to teach them would be great! :)


Lakisha - posted on 01/26/2011




Step, by step. You can start to introduce her to the potty now. let her sit on it with her closs off. let her decorate the potty, and sit it in a special place in the bathroom and make it her section. Since she three months premature, I would actually start to really concentrate on the potty to 21 months. Pull ups have an excellent dvd on potty training as well.

Michelle - posted on 01/26/2011




Most children start potty training when the are 2, but some are potty trained b4 this and others after. It really all depends on the child and when they are ready.... each child develops in their own time. How ever i potty train my son at 2 and when i did so he was dry during the day within a week the nights took a little while longer and found the night pants where the worst thing ever as to my son they was just like a nappy. Any i set a week aside where i did nothing didn't go out or nothing and let my son run round without a nappy and when he when to wee or poo i'd pick him up and put him on the potty and say this is where we go wee wee's or poo poo's, once my son had crasped this and went to potty himself when he wanted to go i put on underpants and showed him that he was to pull his underpants down when going on potty. once again once the got it then the trousers went on and the same thing... once he got this i was able to go out with him no nappies but i did get a small cheap potty that lived under the pram just incase we was out and he needed to go. he did have a few accidents put on the whole went well. at the beginging you will be on your hands and knees cleaning you floor but in the end its worth it..... there are loads of ways to potty train a child and everyone as there own way that they swear by, give a few a try you never no


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Zoe - posted on 02/12/2011




thanks everyone, she does like sitting on her potty and shes been taking her nappy off lately especially just before she needs to go to the toilet... thanks for all the ideas and advice :)

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I just read a great book called "Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner"

Staci - posted on 01/31/2011




Everyone is going to have a different response to this and everyone is different, of course you can start early, they just might not go - they have to know key things, no matter what age - they don't like diapers, interested in the potty, can take off their own pants, and can communticate. Other than that whenever you choose is your choice. I did immersive when I saw all the signs, meaning straight to undies, this is not for everyone, plenty of accidents for 1 and my daughter is now in week 2 and had no accidents after 4 hours, she is 2.5. So your call. Email if you are interested in the 3 day straight to undies. Good luck, there is no wrong way or a better way. It's what you and your child feel comfortable with.

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My own personal opinion is that it's never too early to at least start encouraging the use of the potty/toilet. Up until my son was 2, I'd put him on the toilet if I figured he might have to go. Strictly speaking it wasn't "potty training" but it was a way for him to get used to the toilet. When he turned 2, that's when we started encouraging him on a regular basis. It took many months before he finally "got it" and gave up his daytime diaper, but I think the steady encouragement really helped. (He was 2 yrs 7 mos when he finally stopped wearing a daytime diaper.)

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2011




when she starts showing signs of being ready .. like being able to walk .. and pull her pants up and down, and has a word or sign to let you know she has to bathroom ,,, ther is no point trying to train her unless shes ready tis just going to stress you both out .. my daughter is 3 and isnt trained yet and there is nothin wrong with that she is now showing many signs of being ready so we plan to try it out once we move (which is this sat)

Bonnie - posted on 01/26/2011




You can start to get her familiar with the potty now, nothing wrong with it. If she doesn't seem all that ready or interested, I would stop for a few months then try again. I have boys and it is known boys usually take longer, so you may be lucky.

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