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When to start potty training...and

How do you know if they're ready or not? I've heard of potty training early, but how do you introduce it?


Asked by mamie2shoes at 11:48 AM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I've always heard that taking off the diaper or being dry through the night are NOT signs. The signs I've heard are:
    Fascinated when others use the potty.
    Able to go 2 hours (or more) between wet diapers. This may be over a nap or overnight but that's not necessary. 2 hours or more while awake means they are starting to hold onto their pee and can control the bladder.
    Willing to sit on the potty - either the big one or a little one. You won't get anywhere if you have to force them to sit on the potty.
    Is not in a negative phase - "NO" is not the first, automatic response to any question you ask.
    There are no big changes in the household planned for the next 2 to 3 months - no vacations, no guests, no new pets or babies, no new schools.
    You have the time and patience to deal with the mess and stress.

    But you can start anytime if you keep it low key and don't force.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:20 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Wait until he or she starts taking off the diaper(usually an indication that they're ready!). Don't push it or force him or her to do it, because it'll back fire and they'll lose interest. If you notice that he or she is pulling off the diaper have them go to the bathroom with you and have them sit on the potty!!! Good luck!

    Answer by ladyd6280 at 11:59 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • An easy way to start for younger toddlers is to simply put them on the potty after each meal and while you are filling the bathtub. Kids are more likely to pee or poop at those times so you are more likely to catch that first accidental bathroom deposit.
    Once he's done that a couple of times, you can switch to taking him every couple hours all day long.
    Once he is staying dry between bathroom visits, switch to undies. Skip pullups except for overninght and special outings where a bathroom may not be available quickly.
    Don't worry about overnight at all. Many kids wet until age 6 or later. No one can control what they do while sound asleep, no matter how much day time "training" and lectures they've had. Most kids self-train. Some will need help once they are over 5.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:26 PM on Apr. 28, 2009