Just to offer a slightly different perspective (not to disrespect anyone else's opinion...): My daughter trained very well at 19 months. She hadn't shown all the "readiness signs" and definitely didn't walk up to me and say, "No more diapers, mommy, I'm a big girl now." I don't agree that it's like forcing your child to walk before she's ready... Iyou don't wait until your child is cognitively capable of reading a book before you begin teaching her about letters, sounds, etc... My daughter didn't know much about the potty at all, in fact, and she took to it just fine. Experts agree that the ability to control the bladder develops around 18 months. After that, IMO, is fair game. I feel glad that I was able to give my daughter the opportunity to master something new. All that said, you as the parent have to be ready. My daughter went straight to underwear and had the hang of it in about a week. Good luck!
at 4:47 PM on Apr. 2, 2009