Post # 1
My almost 17 month old talks a lot, and now she’s seriously obsessed with people who go to the potty and with pee and poo. She just started telling me when she’s pooped in her diaper ( “mommy me poo”) but she hasn’t grasped pee yet, because when I ask her if she did she’ll say “doggie good boy” or something random. But she does like to say “mommy go peepee potty” to anyone who will listen so I think she sort of maybe gets it.
I bought a potty because we have potty convo going on, but I don’t want to start too early. But I think if we’re talking about it, I should start…What say you, been-there-done-that mamas?
Post # 3
We trained Addie at 18 months, so i definitely don’t think it’s too early to start! You can start off by just introducing her to the potty without actually doing full-time training, just to see if she’s interested and to build her enthusiasm; a really easy method is to just sit her on the potty every time you go. That way, she can mirror your behavior (toddlers LOVE copying) and it’s very little “work” on your end. Once she starts showing more signs that she’s ready, or once you feel more comfortable, you can make the final push to fully potty trained. Good luck!
Post # 4
I was dry before my brother who is 18 months older then me. If she seems keen to potty train, count your blessings and give it a go. I can’t see how it could possibly harm her unless there is some psychological study suggesting otherwise?
Post # 5
@Sibiohan: I’m not worried about it harming her. I’m worried about it harming me! LOL.
I just don’t want to be potty training for 3 years. I’d rather start late and finish early than start early and finish late-know what I mean?
Post # 6
My vote is to give it a shot. If she resists, doesn’t seem to be into it, or gives you signs that she isn’t ready then stop. Leave it alone for a while. Try again another time. That way there’s no pressure but she knows what’s there. It gives her time to warm up to the idea, too.
It took my son a while to get it. We tried off and on a couple times. Then one day, it just clicked. We’d already explained what to do so he knew what to expect and took the reigns himself.
Just as an aside, my son never had any use for a little potty. He used it maybe twice. I bought a kid’s toliet seat and that’s what he preferred since he saw everyone else using the toliet and not some little potty. Truthfully, I was really thankful for that one. Flushing is a lot easier than cleaning a potty!