How long does it take to be 100% potty trained

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Claudia - posted on 08/19/2009

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Like another mom said it depends on the child, but you also have to keep in mind that it is easier if they are ready, because if they are not, then the process will be much longer.

This is off a Parents magazine and is what I used to determine if my son was ready

9 SIGNS IT'S TIME

When is your super-duper future potty pooper ready? If she regularly does a majority of the things on this list, start training.

1. She can easily take off all her clothes
2. She asks to be changed when wet or poopy
3. She follows you into the bathroom, asks questions, and imitates you
4. She knows her body parts and the words "pee" and "poop"
5. She basically understands what pee and poop are, where they come from, and where they belong
6. She shows interest in books and videos about using the potty
7. She stays dry for at least two hours in a row, is dry after naps, and, ideally, is poop-free overnight
8. She normally stops an activity when she needs to poop
9. She isn't constipated (has one or two formed stools a day)


My son was doing 7 out of the 9 and he was fully potty trained within a week or 2. It helped a lot that I let him flush the toilet when I went to the bathroom and even when we went to public restrooms, so he wasn't scared of the toilet. He's 2.5 years and is dry all day and night. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 08/19/2009

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It depends on the child. My son was mostly trained (no nighttime problems) within about 2-3 weeks, but daytime was more of a problem as he didn't want to stop what he was doing to go potty. We went through several accidents for about 6 weeks before he realized that he wouldn't miss much and would rather miss a little than a lot, based on how long it took to clean up after an accident. However, my nephew was fully trained in 2 weeks - he decided he wanted to go potty like his cousin (my son) while visiting over Christmas and that was it. Good luck!

Dian - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter started to get potty training at 2+ somewhere about 2 1/2 years old. I used to prompt her to the toilet every time after she has a drink. But when I asked her if she wanted to pee (in the toilet) she responded as if it was a preference question, not a yes or no question lol so she preferred not to go to the toilet to pee and then has an accident..

I can't remember how long it took to potty train i.e. the time period when we stopped putting on diapers and she stopped having accidents, maybe 2 months? The night time dryness took a while and honestly I didn't expect much of a result but very surprisingly she's dry overnight now at 3 1/2 years.

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HI there, My daughter Jolien took about a month to be compleetly dry (day & night). Her birthday was dec 3d and during the holidays that followed she announced she wanted to go potty. She had a few accidents but after a month she was in full potty-mode :D

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