When to start potty training?

Megan - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




We want to start planning to get Pregnant when our daughter is between 18 months and 20 months old. I was hoping to start potty training her when I get pregnant so she would be out of diapers by the time the new baby is born.
Is potty training around 18 months too young?? I don't mind having two children in diapers, but was hoping maybe i'd only have one in diapers.


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Louise - posted on 03/30/2011




Yes 18 months in my opinion is to young. Also potty training is not something that you decide to do you have to take the lead from your child. Your child needs to be showing signs that she wants to be clean, an interest in the toilet, long periods of time in a dry nappy, not wanting to be in a soiled nappy, taking her nappy off. If she is not showing any of these signs then toilet training is not going to be a success.

Most medical experts say that a child does not recognise the sensation of needing a poop until the age of 2 and for bladder control it is older. For the best chance of stress free toilet training I would wait until after the age of 2 and when showing signs. It does not take long to do this way as you already have a child that wants to be clean which helps. I have raised three kids and each child is different my eldest was 28 months my middle son was 26 months and my daughter was 25 months when they toilet trained without any fuss.

There are mums out there that will tell you it is possible and yes you would have limited success at 18 months. But toilet training will go on for months because your child does not have full control, if you wait toilet training can be achieved in two weeks.

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