When to start potty training?

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When to start potty training?
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 5:34pm

I cloth diaper my 15 month old son, and I am wondering when to start trying to potty train. I was reading that 18 months could be a good age - has anyone else potty trained this early? It seems a bit early to me for him to really be able to do it well, but I was thinking about it.

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 9:11am

There are some clues to starting potty training. Can they stay dry at night? Do they tell you they are wet or poopy? Can the child pull their pants up and down? If the answer to all of these questions is yes then you can say the child is showing signs of potty training readiness.

Even if the child isn't showing signsof being ready many people start trying to get the child to usethe potty by putting them on the potty first thing in the morning and at bath time. if your child poops about the same time each day and you know this, that would also be a good time to place them on the potty.

My YDD was potty trained at 14 months, she wanted to be just like her big sister that was 7 at that time. That is not the case any more....DGS is 4 and still having isues but that has a lot to do with his mother being in and out of his life.

The best time to try and potty train a child is to make sure you have a few days to really work with the child and you can be at home for those few days with nothing big going on. You have to be ready for accidents and cleaning up those messes. You don't want a lot of extra people around in and out. You need to decide if you are going to reward and how you want to do it. reward can be after each time they go or for a child that has been going but not going all the time it could be a reward after so many times or days. For DGS if he uses the potty for 3 days he gets to play Wii one set of Mario cart races a day. If he has an accident he goes back to 3 days of staying clean and dry. For

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:15pm
There's no exact answer to this question. For us, the right time to PT was at about 30 months. He is old enough to understand and talk about what to do. I dedicated 4 days to it, but in actuality it took about 5 hours to click and 2 days to mostly train. I have friends who did it at 15 months. IMO that was a lot more work. Plus in a 2 hour playdate I didn't have to change any diapers, and they went to the bathroom about 20 times each. By the time we trained, he can usually hold it for a couple of hours.
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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 10:19pm
We start at birth (you can read the elimination communication folder on this board). My DD was potty trained at 10 months. There is no "too early". It really depends on what you're wanting. If you want a child who can take themselves, pull up and down their own pants and be totally independent (for some people this is their goal) then IME that usually doesn't happen until 2.5-3.