Looks like it's about potty training time...

@cynddvs (2950)
United States
April 14, 2007 7:18pm CST
About an hour ago my daughter was quietly playing in here room while I was in the next room playing on the computer. Well I hear her wonder in here to see what I'm doing and I look down to see she has taken her diaper off. This is the first time she has done this. Luckily I don't think she had had it off for too long because I haven't found any wet spots in the carpet lol. But now that she has figured out how easy it is to take off her diaper I'm afraid of what I may wake up to one morning. I'm thinking I'm going to go buy her a potty and see how she reacts to it. She will be 18 months in 6 days so I figure I can go ahead and introduce her to it now. If it doesn't work out now no biggie we'll just keep trying every now and then until she gets used to it. What age did you all start potty training?
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I really dont remember at what age I started training my daughters but I do know they were completely potty trained before their second birthday. I used cloth diapers and rubber pants so I was pretty anxious to get them trained so I did not have to wash diapers. LOL
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I don't blame ya there! I have enough clothes to wash without having to wash diapers!
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I think you have the right idea for potty training, getting her used to the potty. My boys were potty trained before they were 2yrs old, but my daughter was almost 3. I think what happened to her is that she was afraid of the potty. I bought her a cute one that looked like a swan, and it had handles coming out of the swan's head that your toddler could hold on to while sitting on it, but for some reason, Michelle was afraid of it. However, she would go on the big potty, if I was there with her. One night I had a little talk with her, and I said that she was getting to be a big girl, and I think that she should be able to use the potty by herself, and she agreed with me, and from then on, she went by herself. My eldest son was only about 18 months old when he started potty training himself. He used to take his diaper off and tell me he had to go, and he liked to get on the big potty, so I'd tell him to go ahead, and then he would tell me he needed a new diaper, but his old one would still be dry so I went out and bought him some training pants. He started to climb out of the crib by himself and go the bathroom. I was pretty surprised when he did that, but he seemed to have no trouble. It took about 2 weeks for him to be completely trained, and I could never understand why some people had so much trouble. Every kid is different, you just have to see what they'll do.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Wow that's pretty impressive for an 18 month old to tell you when he needs to go. It's true every kid is different. I'm not going to put any pressure on my daughter. I think she'll let me know when she's ready.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I hope that you have good luck with the potty training. I have a 14 month old daughter that is getting very interested in the adult potty. I think that we may be buying her own potty soon. She wants to go to the bathroom everytime someone goes in there. I am just not sure when I should actually start potty training her.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I don't think there is really a right or wrong time. Just whenever the 2 of you are comfortable with it. If she is showing interest it wouldn't hurt to try as long as you're not forcing it on her. Good luck!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
My son is 5 he was potty trained at 3. My daughter is 3 now and she has been fully potty trained since the first of the year. They both showed interest in it early on and then lost it. I went with it when they were young (my son even went a couple of day dry) and I did not force anything when they went back to diapers. Some rules of thumb are: 1.) your child needs to be able to dress themselves (be able to take their pants off and put them on) 2.) they stay dry during naps or at night 3.) they show an interest. I never pushed potty training when they were really young. Once they were 2.5 years though it was time to start making the final go for it. I would get her a potty and let her get used to it. Even if she doesn't potty train for another year. It may help in preventing fears.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
If she doesn't take to it yet and still takes off the diaper, here's a tip to keep you from going nuts: Put the diaper on backwards. They have a much harder time getting it off! Mine all potty trained after 2 years. I found that you cannot push them; doing so only makes them resist and then it takes longer.