what is the right age to toilet-train a child?

Philippines
October 15, 2007 3:08am CST
What is the right age for us, parents, to train our children to use the toilet instead of making pee on their diapers? My eldest started at 2 years old. And my second who is already 2 years old is still afraid to do it. Does it really varies on age?
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
16 Oct 07
Generally two years of age is suitable to begin toilet training a toddler. It does vary with maturity though. It can be a little older for some boys. Your second two year is probably not quite ready yet. Just be gentle, put it off for 2 weeks, then try again.
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
Child's maturity should be taken into account.
@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
15 Oct 07
It varies from child to child. Usually, around 2-3 years of age, I think. It's a very sensitive issue. If you try to potty train too early or too late, it can be a very bad thing.
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• Philippines
16 Oct 07
It depends really, i guess.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
15 Oct 07
I think that it is right time for you to train your two-year-old kid to use the toilet, but it is better for you to get a plastic one for the baby to use so that it is safe for the baby.
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
Yes, it will really do.
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
From what I have read in every toilet training books I've come across, as soon as the child can manage to sit on the toilet and won't fall in!lol, they are ready. But in my son's case, he's 4 years old now, he's still scared to use the toilet when he needs to poo. From what I have learned, a child will be first able to use the toilet when he needs to poo, but when it comes to peeing, he'll still have some failure on that part. But it's the exact opposite for my son. He first learned to use the toilet when he nees to pee, but he still uses the diaper when he needs to poo. Aside from being physically able to sit on the toilet, the child should be emotionally ready. I'm still trying to train my son for 2 years now to use the toilet instead of the diaper. But he's still scared so I take things slowly with him. Like you, I started to toilet train him when he reached 2 years old. We had success with the peeing in the toilet. And still waiting for that day when he asks to be brought to the toilet because he needs to poo. Goodluck with your own toilet training with your child.^_^
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
Thanks for sharing your experiences with your child.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 07
Hi there. We started toilet training our son 3 weeks before he turned 2 years old, and by the time he was 2 and a half he was well on his way...
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• Philippines
16 Oct 07
Same with my oldest.