What is the best age to start potty training?

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LindsiJo

Asked by LindsiJo at 11:21 AM on Jun. 19, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My understanding is not until they are about 2.
    leahjoy

    Answer by leahjoy at 11:22 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • At the age the child is ready. 2 is a good time to introduce the potty chair, but don't assume they will automatically take to it. If they don't understand the concept they are not ready.
    irishidid

    Answer by irishidid at 11:24 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • Well, I started a little bit after Landon was two. Maybe 2 or 3 months after his birthday? I rewareded him and he's always been great with things like that. He's any only child so its easier for him to do somethings since he has all of my attention.
    Lindsay21488

    Answer by Lindsay21488 at 11:24 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • usually 2 years old is the ideal age, but it really depends on when they are ready!

    i have always heard that it will happen when the toddler is ready!
    lloveland614

    Answer by lloveland614 at 11:24 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • When he/she show signs they want to start
    christene

    Answer by christene at 11:26 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • I have found it depends on the child and the one trying to train the child.
    mamagator

    Answer by mamagator at 11:27 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • It's different for all babies. Usually there are cues that the baby/toddler is ready, such as walking, having a word for "pee-pee" and "poo-poo", waking up with a dry diaper, and having a "signal", like squatting in the corner, when they need to go. Some toddlers potty-train really early, like 18 months, some don't until they're more like 3.
    GothyMama

    Answer by GothyMama at 11:29 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • My cousin started PT her first child at infant. She feed her then within 10 mins hold her on potty chair for several mins. I was shocked that after some time her dd started going. I don't recommend or encourage this as it seems odd since an infant can't talk or walk. I would start encouraging at walking age by taking child to potty about 15/20 mins after eating/drinking. But in the long run...just have patience. Your child and you will find the best time. Just be attentive to his/her body language.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:34 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • generally they say for a girl around 21 months and a boy between 2 and 2 1/2 every child is different and if you watch them they will tell you. if you tell them, you will be the one who is trained, so just sit back and watch they will let you kknow when they are ready.
    yathere

    Answer by yathere at 11:40 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • I think starting between 15 and 18 months is appropriate as long as your child feels ready. Don't push it on them that early
    Jennie_Bean

    Answer by Jennie_Bean at 11:49 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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