After 18 months is the age most experts say they're capable of bladder control. After that it's fair game. It just depends on how you want to do it, which really depends on your parenting style. Many parents do wait until the child says, 'hey, I need to pee," they take them to the toilet, and they're basically trained. But sometimes that's not until age 3 or 4, and for some kids this day does not come (which can lead to parents trying to train a seriously resistant 3 or 4 year-old). We knew our daughter would be capable of learning to use the potty -- so we taught her much sooner. She was 19 months, and we simply got rid of the diapers (kept pull-ups for sleep time), and dealt with several days of accidents. Maybe not as easy in the moment, but we were all happy, her included, to be out of diapers. Although there was some resistance, it was like any transition and we gave her a supportive environment to help her through.
at 11:31 AM on Jan. 22, 2010