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What's the right age to start potty training?

I wonder if my youngest son is still in diapers. He's 2 years old.

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Asked by MyTwoBoys210 at 6:52 PM on Jan. 26, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • when they are ready. My dd is 2 and we are working on it, because she appears to be ready. There is no "rush" to potty train because not every child develops the same.

    Answer by celticreverie at 6:53 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • I wouldn't start before three.

    Answer by SgrplmsnSnflwrs at 6:53 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • wouldnt start before three? are you serious they should be potty trained by three if not earlier all kids are different yeah but over three is too old

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:55 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • anon, you really don't know what you are talking about. there is no age limit on potty training. a 3 year old not potty trained isn't a crime and is normal.

    Answer by celticreverie at 6:56 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • i've heard the magic rule is the summer after they turn two. the reasoning is that they're two so they're old enough to get the concept and also respond to whatever method you plan to use. also the summer is always easier because there are less clothes for them (and you) to have to wrestle with, therefor making the whole experience a lot less frustrating.
    good luck!

    Answer by juliness at 7:00 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • if their not ready ok i agree its not a crime but dont even try til their three why not atleast try?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:01 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • There are two ways to go:
    (1) Anytime you want. You will do all of the work. You will take your child to the potty on a set schedule, work the clothes, hold him on the potty, etc. You will basically train yourself to get your child to the potty so he can go there.
    (2) Wait until he is ready. You will teach him to recognize when he has to go, to get there, and what to do there.
    The first one takes more work but less diapers. The second one takes far less work but more diapers. If you do the first one, you will still have to do the second one at some point.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:43 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • We started at 14 months. She was fully potty trained by 18 months. For the first little while, we were doing all the work. But after a month or so, she learned to hold it until she was sitting on the potty. It was just a matter of us remembering to put her little potty about twice an hour.

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 2:39 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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