potty training

United States
September 12, 2008 10:55pm CST
when is the best age to potty train???
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Each child is different but I would not try before the age of two. There are signs of potty readiness. They really need control of their bowels before they can. Even if they are physically ready, they might not be emotionally ready. It's never a good idea to push it just to get them out of diapers early. A good idea is to just introduce them to a potty chair. Whenever you notice them doing something in their diaper, fully clothed just put the toddler on the chair, so they start to associate the act with the toilet. Some signs of this control are having bowel movements around the same time each day, not having bowel movements at night, and having a dry diaper after a nap or for at least two hours at a time. Children must also be able to climb, talk, remove clothing, and have mastered other basic motor skills before they can use the toilet by themselves. Each child is different and there are many approaches to toilet training. My son was ready in the summer and I had bare floors, so I let him run around without diapers, and if he had an accident, I cleaned it up, made no big deal of it and brought him to the potty. With my daughter, she did fine with cotton training pants. She was younger as girls usually are more mature at that point. Here are a few links for you... http://www.mainstreetmom.com/par_potty.htm http://www.parentdish.com/2005/01/28/potty-training-faq-all-you-need-to-know-about-toilet-training/ http://www.pottytrainingtips.com/ If you search around, you will find many books and articles on line. I hope this helps.
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Thank you. I appreciate the best response that you gave me. I only try to help. I figure if someone asks an important question, it should really be answered in depth or what's the point? LOL Let me know how you do with potty training. As I said, there are many ways. One thing I never recommend is rewarding them with sweets. In fact, I don't believe in rewards other than hugs and kisses and "you are such a big boy/girl, you did it all by yourself." Kids should not get rewards for what's expected of them. Those should be saved for the "above and beyond" or "just because I love you" gifts. Good luck and remember, they are NEVER bad, they are just learning. Hugs!
@heaven11 (1161)
• United States
13 Sep 08
it really depend they usually start showing signs like grabing thierselves taking thiere diaper off when they used the bathroom ect. my daughter was fully potty trained at 18 months and my son was fully @ 2 so it just depends start working with them but dont push it
@pau_79 (793)
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
as soon as you can-that way you wont have to wipe and clean everytime he didnt reached the comfort room. Its nice to have a bedpan that way they can easily associate with it. Its ver useful too, if its youre first child better invest in a good one that way future kids can use it too, well same for all babies needs like walker, highchair,crib-its a wise investment