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Whats the best way to potty train a little girl that is 20 months old???

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:59 AM on Jan. 6, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Potty training has nothing to do with age. It's like asking "what's the best way to make my 9 month old walk".
    There are two main potty training camps:
    Get them out of diapers ASAP. This group takes the child to the potty at set, regular times since the child is too young to let the parent know they have to go. As the months go by, the child slowly learns to get to the potty on their own.
    Wait until they are ready. This group waits until the child shows most of the readiness signs. Then they teach the child how to recognize the "I've got to go" feeling and teach the child to go when needed.
    No matter which method you choose, your child will be fully trained - capable of getting to the potty and using it on her own - at the same age. So, months of regular trips or months of changing diapers. Your choice.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:18 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • As to how to do it...
    You can keep them in diapers, put them in pull-ups, switch to undies, or let them run bare-bottomed. Each method works for some kids. No method works for all kids though the last two have the best track records.
    You can bribe them with small treats like fruit loops or M&Ms.
    You can reward them with sticker charts.
    You can not do anything and just expect them to get it without an incentive.
    You can make them feel badly about getting the princesses or superheroes on their undies wet.
    Again, each works for some kids. None works for all kids.

    You really need to evaluate how much time you want to spend, your child's temperment and readiness and pick what methods you want to try. Once you get started, you can always switch if something doesn't seem to work.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:22 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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