My first took about 10 days (3 days of staying home and focusing on that exclusively, another week or so of frequent accidents) before she was good to go -- she was 19 months. My little one just recently became accident free (and initiating all the potty trips on her own) at 20 months -- she started a bit younger, actually, almost 18 months, but we were more gradual about it because of different circumstances. So I guess for her it technically took about 2 months, but it was easy enough to manage from the beginning... it just took a bit longer for her to be able to tell us reliably when she needed to go. Patience, consistency and persistence! But I'm not one to give in at the first few accidents or if the child gets bored with it... I say, once you're in it, ditch the diapers and plow ahead. They can do it!
at 12:55 PM on May. 17, 2010