when did u start to potty train??

Stephanie - posted on 12/11/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




my twins are 17 months and i think its still too early for them to understand... I would like to know when a good age is to start potty training??


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Callie - posted on 12/13/2010




Jodi A. ~ elimination communication works best if you start before 6 months. But it is possible to teach an older child. It's just more difficult because they have been taught to ignore their body's cues and use a diaper as a toilet. I just thought she may not have ever considered this and find it useful for possible future children. Also there are many different methods to potty training and many work with children under 2.

Sherri - posted on 12/13/2010




Between 2 and 2 1/2 but now would be a great time to introduce them to the potty not actual training but just to get them comfortable with it.

I am one that refused to have my 3 yr old in diapers so my first two were completely trained a month before 3rd birthdays and third was done at 26mo's.

Laura - posted on 12/13/2010




That is the proverbial question when raising kids--When do you potty train? The answer is generally "It depends!"

As previously suggested, start by simply introducing a training potty. Get them used to what it looks like and feels like. Watch for signals that indicate that they are becoming aware of their bodies' functions (stopping activities for a moment, straining, tugging on diapers, etc). Then you can start to try and associate elimination with the potties.

In th emeantime, you can do some research yourself. There are a number of different methods out there. Most all use positive reinforcement as part of the training proccess. Understanding the variations with different methods can let you make mid-course changes if you find one particular method doesn't seem to be working. The best advice I got when my daughter started potty training (and advice I always pass on!) is be prepared to stop the proccess,wait, and start again! It took about 3 tries before my daughter got the hang of using her potty; she was about 2 1/2, almost 3. This is about average for most kids in the US. Starting and stopping allows for the parent to "test" their child's physiological development without putting undue stress/pressure on the child to perform. If a child's body isn't ready, then the consatant trying will go nowhere fast and just frustrate everyone! Stopping the proccess lets everyone take a breather--no pressure. Wait a few weeks, then try again! When a child's body starts sending the appropriate signals, the training itself will progress very quickly and then everyone can feel proud of this stage of development! Hope this helps and good luck to you!

Helen Katrina - posted on 12/12/2010




i introduced the potty to my daughter when she was 14 months old but she didnt really understand what to do then, one day she started telling me when she had done wee wee's in her nappy so i try to introduce it to her again but i think she was a little scared of the change or something. she's now 2 and has started using the potty regularly, if you just show it to your kids and explain to them what its for, they will make the step and show you when they are ready or not =)

Jodi - posted on 12/12/2010




Callie, infant elimination communication can only be started on babies under 6 months. From what I have read, once a baby is over 6 months it is too late to use this method.

Callie - posted on 12/12/2010




The right age all depends on your style and how you want to train. Most places in the world begin potty training or potty learning long before the baby is 1. In the US a lot of people begin training at 2 or later (past generations trained earlier). Although there is an increased movement in the US of early start potty training/learning or infant elimination communication.
I just started teaching my daughter about the potty (she's 13 months). We spent a week getting to know her potty and have been sitting on it for the last couple of days (with a few successes). She can only say a few words but uses sign language so I'm in the process of teaching her the sign for potty. She knows when she's going potty because she gets still and grabs her diaper or if she's sitting on the potty she will look down before she goes. So I know she know that it's coming. I would suggest doing some research on the different ways to potty train and make a decision on whats best for your family and style of parenting. Good luck! Sorry that was so long.

Bridget - posted on 12/12/2010




Hi Stephanie, I am at the same stage as you - my little man is 18 months. I love Jodi's suggestions - sounds very baby led which is what we have been doing the entire time. Listen to your bubs - they will tell you when they are ready. I am going to start my little man now - he has had a few dry nights now (no wet nappy in the morning and its not because he hasn't drunk enough, etc). He is also clutching his crutch when he relieves himself which is a good sign. I am only going to introduce him to the potty not do full training until I see if he can associate needing to go and sitting on the potty! He will tell me when he is ready! Good luck with your training - let us know how you go!

Jodi - posted on 12/11/2010




I started when my kids were about 2 just by introducing them to the potty and teaching them what it was for. I didn't really "potty train" them at that age, it was just an introduction. Sometimes, they would sit on it, sometimes they wouldn't, most the time they did nothing on it because they still weren't getting the right signals from their bodies, LOL. But that was ok, I didn't really push it.

Once they were about 3 I really started the push for full training. By then, they already had a good idea what we were aiming for, and it all happened pretty quickly and stress free from there. Because they were familiar and comfortable with the potty and the toilet by that time, without the pressure, they responded well to the rewards system I put in place when I decided to "get it done", and it only took a few weeks.

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