how to potty train kids

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Sandy - posted on 02/18/2009

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A good rule to know when your baby's ready is if they recognize that they are wet or poopy and don't want to stay in it. Also if they wake up dry in the morning. I slowly adjusted my son to the idea of pottying on the toilet around age 2+. He's 2 1/2 now and we're still learning. I have not forced it on him but have offered him the potty and when he says no (the very resistant type), I take it as NO. I found that the best time to take them to the potty is the morning because they usually have a full bladder from the night and it's a good victory place to start. Anyway, my son is wearing training underware at home (but not out) and I take him to the toilet every 30 mins and ask him constantly. He gets a few mini tuti fruti marshmallows as a reward when he does pee in the toilet, which he loves. I read books to him about the potty and we talk about it throughout the day even when he's in a diaper. The key is don't get frustrated. Go at their pace. You'll save yourself heartache and headache!

Tina - posted on 02/18/2009

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I think 18 months is too young to start potty training. I tried it then, and it did not work.

Wait until she is 2, 2.5. At this age, they know when they have to go, and where to go!!

You will drive eachother crazy doing it at this young age.

Marina - posted on 02/17/2009

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I wouldn't dream of starting to potty train my kids at 18 months old-- it would have set me up for frustration. Most kids that I've seen are ready closer to 2.5-3 years old.

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Hi Kadie, It all depends on how old your children are. If they are ready. I found that having potties all over the house and the diaper off helped a lot. Asking constantly if they need to wee or poo. Show them where to go. Huge praise and whoops and hollering when they accomplish. It takes them a few tries to get the message that it's a good thing :-D Accidents are not a bad thing, but ask for help cleaning it up. Don't get cross or frustrated. girls are usually quicker than boys.
Sam

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