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When do you start potty training, and what is the process???

My daughter will be 2 years old in July. She is my first child, and I'm overwhelmed at the thought of potty training! I have no idea where to start, and when. My pediatrician wasn't very helpful, and just said that she would express interest when she's ready. I bought her an Elmo potty chair, and she was not very impressed with it. I know she recognizes what pee and poop mean because I will ask her if she pooped in her diaper, and she will tell me yes! And she's always right. Also, right before her bath - she will run around naked (it's her "thing"), and run on the couch, squat down and pee!!! I always ask her if she's peeing, and she nodds her head "yes"!! My husband and I have tried to give her the potty chair to pee on when she does this, but it only worked once. How do I get her to make the connection???? Also do you recommend rewarding with treats? Or do you think that gives them the wrong idea?

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Asked by Babykayks710 at 1:01 AM on Mar. 30, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I have been "leading by example" with my son since he started walking at 8 months. I always say, "Mommy's gotta go potty" and let him come with me. Now, at 16 months, he has his own potty in there and has already been using it when I take his diaper off. He's by no means potty trained, but he knows what the potty is for and will one day quit going in his diaper on his own I'm sure.

    Answer by Sharon7772 at 2:33 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • we have brought my son to the potty since he was small also and tell him when we go pee in the potty and he will run and watch us and I will show him his diaper if it's pee or poo and he could care less - granted he's only 17 months but I worry too about the time for potty training

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 10:47 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • There is no set age for potty training. You just need to know the signs of readiness and can start. Some helpful sites are the , , . They all have a checklist of things to look for with your child. Also my son follows me into the bathroom (he's 18 months old) and I just let him watch me go, I figure he'll pick up on it sooner or later, also my husband is finally letting him follow him into the bathroom (he thought it was gross at first). Most of the sites recommend charts and small rewards. I would say based on the info you've provided that she is showing signs or readiness.

    Answer by 2panda7 at 12:21 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

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