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Potty training

When did you start potty training, how (in general) did you do it, and when were they able to stay dry on their own?

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Asked by CassCass at 1:20 AM on Jun. 3, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • We started "potty training" #1 around 2--in the sense that she knew what the potty was for and she peed on it when we took her if she had to go. As for actual "potty training", we tried m&m's, charts, that 3 days of hell stuck at home with a timer thing, etc...and she could care less, until around her 3rd b-day, I told her that she could go to school if she didn't need diapers. She's never had an accident since, not even overnight.

    IMO, if they know what the potty is for, and where it is, and what to do will happen when they want it to happen. Its neither a credit to one's parenting skills, nor an indication of a child's intelligence/maturity to pee on the potty, it happens when they are physiologically, mentally and emotionally ready.

    For #2, we aren't doing anything but showing and encouraging him where to go and how to do it (thats dad's job), and the rest is for him to decide.

    Answer by thalassa at 7:53 AM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • I waited until they turned 3. I put them right in underwear and stayed home for 3 days. The first day there were many accidents. Probably 12. The second day maybe 5 accidents. Day 3 they were trained.

    Answer by mompam at 2:08 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • We started and stopped quite a few times. With 3 kids we used 3 different methods. DD is 14 and autistic. She still has daily accidents. Her twin brothers were trained at age 3.6 and age 4.

    We used rewards. One twin trained for candy, the other trained for superhero underwear.


    Answer by JSD24 at 8:17 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

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