too much too soon?

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Registered: 12-31-1969
too much too soon?
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 8:54am

I provide child care for a 19 month old little girl named Grace and have done so for most of her life. Recently, her father (a very young widower), decided it was time to start potty training. I'm not so sure Grace is quite ready for this huge step. Her vocab is such that she can tell you if she has peed or that yes, she has poo'd, but I don't believe she actually has control of her bladder yet and she cannot remove her own clothing - doesn't even realize that she has to. On top of potty training she has also recently moved to a toddler bed (which is actually going quite well so far) and into a booster seat and doing more of feeding herself. I don't want to hold Grace back, but I don't want to push her if she's not ready either. I'm not 100% sure I'm not just wanting to take the easy road (diapers) a little while longer.  Any advice, suggestions or opinions would be greatly appreciated.



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Registered: 08-23-1999
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 12:42pm

Hello Dew,welcome to our board.

I agree with skycheattraffic,18 months is the main starting age for possable training,but with disposables it can be much older.most children have many little signs showing their needs with out being vocal.

It does look to me,that she is a very good learner,going to toddler bed and being able to know when she has gone is very good for this age.

How does her parents feel about this,I take it they are still in the picture and look after her after you leave?

No child should be pushed into potty training,this is a natural practice that we only need to give some help with,unfortunatly,due to the invent of dispossables,it has been the parent that needs training with being a help instead of a hinderance.

May I suggest you try the naked method for a couple of hours a day and just watch her reactions?

We will be here if you can use our help,please feel free to ask.