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what is the right age to start potty training?

I have a 19 month old daughter and I was just wondering when do I start potty training her?

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Asked by MooseNPeanut86 at 7:01 PM on Jul. 11, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Like everything she will do for the rest of her life... don't go by age. Go by finding out if she is ready.

    Get a good potty training book. One that has a list of the readiness signs. Does she show at least half of them? If not, she's too young and you'll only be training YOURSELF and you'll have to completely retrain her at a later date. A good book will have a list of things you WILL need and a list of things that might be helpful. A good book will also have some ideas of things you can do to help her get ready.

    Another question lots of moms ask is which potty is best? There isn't a "best". Some kids prefer little pottys. Some prefer an adaptor on the big toilet. Some kids hate the "most popular" chairs, some kids love them. Look at how much space you have in your bathroom, read the reviews at Amazon and BabyCenter and pick the one you like best. She'll probably be just fine with your choice - though she will wear the potty bowl as a hat for a

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:16 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

  • Its usually best to wait till age 2, this is when they are aware of the feelings/urges to go to the potty. Before this time can be rocky cause sometimes they can't feel the urge or understand. Start by getting some pull-ups, and let her sit on the potty for fun. Have the potty placed in the bathroom near your toilet, and everytime you go potty take her with you and sit her on the potty with her pull up down. When she starts pulling them down herself, and actually does pee pee or poopy clap your hands and get excited. This will excite her and she'll want to do it again to please you. When she's ready, start up a Potty Chart and use stickers. 1 sticker for pee pee and 2 stickers for poopy. When she goes 3 or 4 days out of 7 ... take her to get a surprise. Good Luck.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:54 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

  • potty traing can be a very long process start now slowly when you full flege, be consistant and money always works. coins for going stats a nice piggy bank to by big girl pretty panties.

    Answer by shannon401 at 8:27 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

  • my son has been completly potty trained since he was 20 months old. i used the book "Toliet Training in Less Than a Day" by Nathan Azrin. i also used the mini m&m's as a treat (just 2 each time) until he got independent enough to go w/o a treat. although the book is old, there were LOTS of good advice in it (like giving lots and lots of liquid while you are training so that your child will have to go more often).

    Answer by 17kimberly17 at 9:10 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

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