pottytraining

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United States
January 24, 2007 11:44am CST
What is the best time to start pottytraining a child? should it be different ages when it comes to being a girl or boy?
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@Sasselle (698)
• Australia
31 Jan 07
I started my son at 18 months ... but he wasn't interested so we started again at 2 and a half. It's been a long and slow progress with lots of hiccups on the way - like the in-laws not bothering to take him to the toilet ... instead just putting him in nappies all day! They still do now and he'll be 4 this year! I personally don't think there should be a time on it - just when your child is ready PS - Summer is a great time to learn rather than winter
• United States
31 Jan 07
do you really think that the weather has anything to do with potty training?
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
31 Jan 07
It is easier to train a girl boysn are how to train. But I did train my Son which was 10mos at the time.
• United States
31 Jan 07
I do believe that my daughter was easier to potty train. My son is giving me a hard time.
• United States
31 Jan 07
There use to be set ages for things like this, but now it seems more like you are suppose to watch for signs of readiness. I have heard that it is easier to potty train girls, but I have two boys and a girl, two of whom are potty trained and it was equally difficult. Just keep trying and be positive!
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Thank you for the advice... i'm doing the best that i can.
• Canada
29 Jan 07
It's not about an age, it's about when your child shows the signs that they're ready. I was potty trained (fully) by the time I was 1 and a half.. my sister on the other hand, is a whole different story. Children will let you know when they are ready. Can they say poop and pee (or some other word for it) , do they show signs that they don't like to be in a wet diaper? Are they interested when you go to the bathroom? Can they hold their urine for a long period of time ( 1.5 - 2 hours ) .. if all the signs are there, then they are ready.. if the signs aren't there, then wait for them.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Alot of people have said that you have to watch and wait to see if your child is showing signs of wanting to start going potty.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Jan 07
What a great question. All children are different when it comes to potty training and the best advise to give is when your child starts to show an interest in going potty on the potty chair that is the time to start. Some kids show as interest in this as early as 18 months while others don't show an interst till closer to 3. Girls do tend to show an interest earlier than most boys. Don't push is the best way, when children show the interest it is so much easier and faster to get them completely potty trained. Hope this helps. Good luck!
• United States
30 Jan 07
I think that is the best advice that i have heard so far. thank you
• United States
29 Jan 07
I know most ped. let you know children should not be potty trined untill they are 2 years of age.This is when a child can normally hold there own bowels I wouldnt try to potty train them before then!! I woul dintroduce a potty to them but I wouldnt try taking off the pull-up fully untill the child id 2 years old... GOOD LUCK!!
• United States
29 Jan 07
My son will be three next week, and he's been going potty... when we tell him to. it is getting harder for us, because he doesn't want to go unless we make him.
@arvee17 (730)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
I've read on a book that most girls are easily trained than boys. Most boys start learning when they are 3. But girls start even as early as 2. But I guess it depends on how you handle your kid. I started potty training my baby when he was 19 months old... he is 25 months now and still a work in progress... he still makes mistakes but most of the time he would tell me that he needs to go... and i am very proud of this little achievement of his...
• United States
25 Jan 07
i started my daughter early. my boy though has given me a hard time. i'm lucky if he lays down for a nap.
@apky12 (775)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Honestly, whenever the child is ready. I have 2 boys. One started when he was 15 months old. One is 3 in April and still isn't potty trained. You'll know. They'll show interest.
• United States
25 Jan 07
i totally agree with you there. that you can't pottytrain a child until the child is ready. thanks
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Potty training should start at the age of 2 1/2 if not sooner.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
thanks for the response
• United States
25 Jan 07
we started trying early with all of mine. my first one finally got it when he was 2. my middle one, started about the same time, but it took him till he was about 4 to really get it down. my daughter was a pain. she just didnt want to at all. i think it all depends on the kid.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Yeah, that's true. My exhusbands step son is 7 years old and will pee in his pants if he doesn't want to get up from playing video games. and he also pees in the bed. my four year old hasnt peed in the bed since she was 3 years old. i hope she doesn't pick up any bad habits from her stepbrother
• United States
24 Jan 07
the best training potty it comes with a step stool - the best potty chair
I think that 1) it depends on the child 2) if they are a boy or girl. I started potty training my son when he was three and it took about 4 months to get fully potty trained. Shortly after I was done with him my 2 year old daughter kept wanted to set on the potty and I gave it a shot with her and she was potty trained in about a week.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
I have both a girl and a boy. i think it was easier for me to pottie train my daughter. she was more into the earning. but it too me longer than a week...lol
@xXmeganxX (4422)
24 Jan 07
hi, i tried to potty train my child when she was around 12 months, she still uses nappy's tho, and goes on the potty about once a day, she doesn't seem to like it!
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Thank you for your response. My son is 2 years old, and goes potty when he wants to. it's hard on me.