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i know this has been asked a lot by everyone, but i have a few potty training questions.

for a little girl:
1.) how long does it take to potty train a 20mth old on average?
2.) what techniques did you use? what was helpful the most and what absolutely does not work?
3.) she knows when she goes pee and poo, so i figure it is the right time to start training her, right?
4.) training potty in the living room ok?

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Asked by ashlyh123 at 4:18 PM on Apr. 20, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The average age to potty train is 26 months for girls and 28 months for boys, so your way ahead of yourself. Relax, unless she wants to go. My son's cousin is 22 months and she likes to pee in her potty but thats it, and my son is 23 months and he poops in his potty but hates to pee in it. I did nothing to get it going, he just hates the feel of poop on him, and his cousin seen her mommy so she wanted to do it. So everytime you go to the "potty" take her with you and take her diaper off and put her on her own potty, also try putting her on the potty right after a bath. Kids always pee after a bath! But again your way ahead of yourself, so take it slow. You can potty train them anywhere, if their comfortable then thats all that matters!! Good Luck!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:50 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Really, every child is different.
    Knowing she has gone pee or poop is a good first step but even a baby knows when a diaper is uncomfortable.
    The living room is fine. Just remember that expecting her to go on her own or to tell you she needs to go is a no-no. She may in the beginning but once the excitment wears off, she'll prefer to keep playing even if she has to hop from foot to foot to keep from peeing. Don't ask if she has to go and don't expect her to tell you... it's YOUR job to help her get to the potty in time.
    There are no techniques that don't work and there are no techniques that work for every kid. The best ones are the bare-butt method and straight to panties method. The least successful are pull-ups and anything using punishment or force.

    Good Luck! And remember that set-backs and accidents are common up to about 6 years old.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:02 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

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