Most of the experts usually say that they don't gain the ability to control their bladder before 18 months, so starting before then is usually hard and is more like training the parents, rather than the kids. We trained our daughter at 19 months... she did fantastic. She did not exhibit many of the signs beforehand, but it was not traumatic for her and she mastered it quickly. I think kids are ready sooner than people tend to train them these days, but that's just my personal opinion. My daughter's 22 months now and only has about 1-2 accidents a month. We went straight to underwear -- cleaned up a LOT of accident in the first days, but it was worth it. She's a confident "big girl" now and I'm glad we gave her that opportunity to master something new.
at 2:35 PM on Apr. 9, 2009