Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

My daughter is almost 18 months old and I know I need to start thinking about potty training. We got her a potty for christmas but I just dont know where to begin. HELP

Answer Question

Asked by KPlunk at 10:19 PM on Jan. 2, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

Level 2 (7 Credits)
Answers (2)
  • I wouldn't worry about it until she is at least 2. We started at 2 with each of our kids. #1 wasn't potty trained until she was 3 years, 2 months, #2 was 2 1/2, #3 was 3 years, 8 months and #4 was 2 1/2.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 10:31 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • It really depends on the kid. At this age, I would focus more on naming the terms associated with potty, allowing her into the bathroom when you go, pointing out when doggies or cats go potty, getting her a book or two about going potty and encouraging her to tell you when she has to go. Once you do start potty training, you can't have to see it through so it is better to wait until you're sure they're ready. Older children tend to pick it up quicker and get it more consistently than younger children. Our pediatrician recommended a "potty weekend" once we start training. Confine your child to an easily cleaned floor area (tiled kitchen, etc.) for the day, turn the temperature up a little in the house and let you child go naked all day. Every time they go potty, they will immediately feel the effects and thus learn the sensation very quickly. Once they've learned what it feels like, they train much easier.

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 1:24 AM on Jan. 3, 2010

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.