February 28, 2009 4:25am CST
Most experts say that a toddlers body is mature enough by age 2 to be toilet trained. My daughter is 22 months old & in the past month, she has asked to use the toilet or potty to do a poo (without success), she is telling the truth too coz not long after I put a daiper on her, she dirties it. She is an only child so I am surprised that she has shown this initiative. Have any of your children shown this initiative?
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28 Feb 09
Sorry, but the experts are clueless. Every child is different. Some are ready sooner while others take much more time. This applies to toilet training and to stop giving bottles. Do either before the child is ready and you have consequences. Your doing the right thing by letting her experience the potty but not pushing the issue and she'll eventually get there. I can't take credit for my oldest child because the sitter got her potty trained I was going to school. My second child is autistic and it took much longer to train her and she wasn't fully trained until she was almost 5. My son just about trained himself, I only had to set the potty chair down and say "Here ya go." Each child is different and they all take patience.
28 Feb 09
I am not a mother, so I would not know. I havne't heard many stories of children taking the initiative, just nightmare stories from parents about toilet training. I guess those are the ones that get the most exposure. I'll pass this onto my husband who has raised a lot of children during his life time, and see what he says.