At what age do you think it's appropriate to start potty training ?

@Sissygrl (10914)
Canada
December 13, 2007 6:40pm CST
My daughter is almost 17 months, and everynight before her bath i sit her on the potty with no diaper and the last two nights in a row she has pee'd in there! Every time i go to the "potty" i take her into the bathroom with me and sit her on the potty with her diaper on. Just so she sort of gets the idea i guess. I am not expecting her to be trained anytime soon as i know its REALLY early, and the fact that she's pee'd in there is probably just coincidence, so what age should we start trying to REALLY teach them to use the potty ?
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
14 Dec 07
It's not unheard of for a 17 month old to start potty training, so encourage her. I think more important than age is readiness. If she is interested, is trying to be independent, is uncomfortable when she is wet or soiled, tells you when she has gone or has to go, she is ready. Just encourage and don't push.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
I dont think she cares too much if she is wet or not just yet, cause when i try to change her diaper she runs away and i gotta chase her down. I think its more of a i wanna be like mommy thing, cause she copy's nearly everything i do. which is sometimes good sometimes bad!
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@ersmommy1 (12598)
• United States
14 Dec 07
I started at 18 months. But my daughter was on the changing table yelling "No diapee" "No diapee" and she kicked, and loosened my front tooth. That was the last diaper.6 months later she was day time trained with only the occasional accident! And my dentist was right, it only took a week for my tooth to tighten back up. If not sure, let her be the guide. Every kid does it at own pace. My nephews got to run arounf naked from the waste down. While it was entertaining for some adults, I'm just glad i had a girl.
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• Canada
14 Dec 07
My daughter is seven, almost eight now, and she showed no interest in potty training when we started her potty training when she was three. The books we read at the time indicated that she may not be ready before then. I think children develop at different rates. My sister wet the bed until she was 14. Some doctors say that if children don't potty train it simply means that the required physical development hasn't happened in them. When my daughter finally decided she was ready to potty train, I don't remember her ever wetting the bed even once. I think most children are willing and eager to cooperate in toilet training - they just may not be ready on our schedule! Your daughter seems to be showing some signs of readiness, and your positive reinforcement is probably just what she needs! Good work!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
Thanks cathy :) I guess sometimes even moms need encouragement to know that we are doing the right things with our kids even though our instincts tell us we are.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
14 Dec 07
I let my older three do it when they were ready and they were all completely trained right around three. I did the same thing with my 4th while everyone else tried the forced training at 2 1/2 and he still has accidents and will be 5 in March. My 2 1/2 year old has "sucess" several times a day but is no where near totally trained. Your daughter is showing signs of readiness which isn' unheard of in a 17 month old so I think you should just support that. Take her with you and let her try whenever she wants to go and maybe you'll get lucky and have an early trainer! Good Luck!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
thank you for the tips :) I guess every baby is different, and i will continue to do what i'm doing and see how that goes :) Thanks for the luck :)
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
14 Dec 07
The best time to potty train is when they express and interest. My oldest was potty trained before he was two. He would tell me before he went, and then he would go. At that point, I started putting him on the potty when he mentioned it, then I'd praise him if he went in the potty. My youngest didn 't care. She wanted nothing to do with potty training. It took too much out of her play time. it wasn't until I told her that she couldn't go to preschool until she could use the potty that she relented and started using it. She was nearly three. My other three kids were standard issue, typical potty training. but all kids develop differently. There is no age. When they express an interest, start the process.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
Thank you for the tips :) seems like everyone says that they are all ready at different ages :)
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
14 Dec 07
IMO it varies from child to child..some kids are ready by 1 1/2 but others aren't ready until they are 3 or 4...There really is no set right age and rather the child him/herself should be the gauge...A child will let you know if he/she is ready or not and in all honesty thats what I suggest you follow..
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• Canada
14 Dec 07
I think 17 months old is a good age to start potty traning.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
14 Dec 07
We started training right around 17 months for our little guy. He seemed to be interested, so we went with it. He's 22 months old now, and has maybe 2 daytime accidents a week. He still wears a diaper to bed, though.
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• United States
14 Dec 07
I always tried to start the potty training when they were almost two some children learn faster than others and some are not but most children are potty broke by the age of 3 granted they wiill have some accidents but not all the time I hope that this helps and congraulations on her twinkling in the potty
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• United States
14 Dec 07
My sister started training her oldest around that time,. She had a little PlaySkool potty that sat next to the big potty. My niece would hear my sister in the bathroom and run and sit on her little potty. My sister even caught her once on her little potty, pants pulled down and she had a book and was acting like she was reading it.
14 Dec 07
We're starting to potty train jake, it's a period of time I'm not really going to enjoy, although I'm fully supportive of getting his to that point. I don't know when or if this is a good time but I'd rather him start now rather than later. I'll be looking at your responses you get with this. :D ~Joey