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what is the best age to start potty training a girl???

we have a 17 month old girl and was wondering when is the right age to start potty training? we were thinking about starting in a couple of months and was wondering if that is too early to start?? any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:47 PM on Feb. 12, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • our pediatrician and orthopedist said its perfect to start at 10months, because thats when they are able to sit up by themself for longer than 1-2 minutes.

    before that their spine is to weak to hold the pressure on it.
    we started at around 11-12 months.

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 5:50 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • 10 months my A**! You potty train when they start giving signs like feeling nasty in their diaper, taking it off, letting you know when they have gone pee or poo in their diaper and staying dry through the night. You can try in a couple of months and if no interest don't force it. When they are ready and not being forced it shouldn't take long to potty train. It may be two months and with some they don't like to poo in the potty for some reason so that part can take longer, but like I said that's not all kids.


    Answer by Christine0813 at 6:04 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • hahaa well i started at 14 months.. and she did great... this is you baby... not anyone elses... if you feel like you want to start it... then do so.... it didnt take mine to figer it out... she is almost 3 and she does everything by her self... and i mean everything...

    Answer by Dayna-Marie at 6:24 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • I worked in the potty training room at a day care and they start them getting used to sitting on a potty as early as 18 months and ended up with a few kids completely trained by the time they were two! But really it all depends on what you are comfortable with and if the child is ready or not. Go at your own pace and make it a fun experience so the child will want to keep it up.

    Answer by Kaityluv08 at 7:03 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • There is no best age. Just when you and she are ready.
    There are two schools of thought:
    Start any time you want, even right after birth. With this method, you will be doing all of the work. You will keep her on a schedule or learn to spot her "I'm about to go" signs. You will take her to the potty, work her clothes, etc. The benefits: fewer diapers and you can brag that you've "started training". The cons: months and months of effort and frustration.
    Start when she is ready to learn. This varies but is usually between 24 and 30 months for girls. You take her on a schedule until she catches on. Then you just make certain she goes at regular intervals if she isn't asking to go on her own. The benefits: less frustration and effort. The cons: more diapers and pushy relatives and friends bragging that they've started and you haven't.

    Your call.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:06 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • And no matter which method you choose, you will be done at the same time. Your daughter will fully take over her potty duties when she is ready to do so, no matter how many months or years you've been taking her, cleaning up accidents, or reminding her to go.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:47 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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