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Potty Training Basics?

When should I start potty-training my child? How do I kick it off?

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When should I start potty-training my child? How do I kick it off?

The Bump Expert

Every kid is different and there are a lot of factors that go into when a child is ready, but if you’re looking for some ballpark timing, two-and-a-half tends to be the ideal age to begin the full training process -- but only if she’s showing readiness signs. “Usually, when baby’s 15 to 18 months old, you can start to sense she’s getting ready,” says Anita Chandra-Puri, MD, a pediatrician with Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group and an instructor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Some of the signs it’s time to start are:

• She lets you know when she needs to go.

• She’s interested in the toilet and undies.

• She fusses about dirty diapers.

• She can sit on and rise from a potty.

• Her diaper stays dry for two hours or longer during the day.

Once you see those signs -- and you notice in her expressions or behavior that she needs to use the toilet -- suggest going to the potty. When she’s on the toilet, give positive reinforcements (like cheering her on).

Put a potty chair in the bathroom, schedule bathroom times so she gets into a routine, and bring her to the toilet if you sense she needs to use it. Communicate with your child and understand that if she isn’t ready, you shouldn’t force it. “Never pressure them; they’ll be ready when they’re ready,” says Chandra-Puri.

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Potty Training Basics?

I believe that when a kid starts to cruise that it's ready for potty-training.my son is 8mos now and he's standing with furniture.as soon as he walks I'm gonna start train him.early is better than later.i really can't afford to change a messy diaper of a 2yrs old.

tsh1255 |

Potty Training Basics?

True every child is different and you have to know the signs to start AND the signs to stop. He/she will indicate if they are ready to potty train and if you start too soon you will know by how difficult it is. Although even difficult ones can be trained, best tips here: (this guide saved us sooo much trouble) http://pottytrainingindays.blogspot.com/

ccmommie |

Potty Training Basics?

My baby sitter took it upon herself to start training my daughter as soon as she turned one so she has doing pee pee and pooh pooh at the baby sitter house but my husband thinks its way to soon she just turned 14 months 3 days ago...I don't think she is ready cause she can't say pooh pooh or pee pee yet. So I'm letting her do it when she is at the baby siters house but I don't do it at home yet I figured I would wait until she is adleast 15 months

knostitz |