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Just wondering when you starting your toddler using a potty and how did you know it was the right time?

Posted anonymously, 22nd April 2021

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  • With both my son and daughter we tried early but they wouldn’t go for it. With both just before they turned 3 i stopped putting them in nappies and put them in big kid undies and they practically toilet trained themselves and loved going toilet and being a big kid.

  • If they’re interested and will give it a go, they’re probably ready to start trying. They’re all so different so just don’t make it a fight or big deal and they’ll usually tell you when they are ready. Ages vary widely.

  • Started introducing the potty just before 2, as more of something to sit on etc but she did do the odd wee in it at that age. Our Daughter was telling us she was about to go so we’d try and sit her on the potty. Stopped for a while then started again a few weeks later. She saw older kids in daycare using the toilet so I think that sparked her interest too!

  • I have actually started potty training my 7 month old baby – I started at 5 months, I don’t think it’s ever too early. I started by watching her signals and take her nappy off to sit her on the toilet then. I also sit her on the toilet everytime I change her nappy and use a specific phrase so now she’s learns when I say to “do a wee” she wees.

  • My eldest started hiding so we knew to give it a go. My youngest we tried and then waited another 2 months and tried again and she was more ready.

  • My bubs almost 19 months and we have started using the potty since he was around 6 months old. He is still in nappies and we aren’t 100% doing it but we go regularly every day. I plan to properly start in the next month or so

  • We gave it a try around 2 years, but none of my kids would have a bar of it till they were 4 years. And then they toilet trained pretty much overnight.

  • With my daughter, we tried at 18 months (was told this was good time) but she had no idea so we stopped. At 2.5 she told me she wanted undies, and at this stage she was hiding to do her poos so she had some concept (I hear this is a sign that they are ready!?). So I trained her that weekend and within a week she was done! She told me she was ready so I guess she was ready! After a month I took her off night nappies too as she never had accidents at night. With my son, he had no interest and enjoyed sitting in his own poo nappies! At 3.5 I started training him, and it took Covid lockdown few months later to get him completely off nappies. He was hard work! And still is! Likes to go last minute.

  • My toddler is turning 2 next month so as soon as the weather gets hotter I’ll try and train her as then I can just have her walking around the house in undies and that will be the only thing I’ll have to change rather than a whole outfit or pants.
    Plus it might also be hard getting cold if I was to start now.

  • My son was almost 3 when he started and my daughter was 2.5yo and only because I was in hotel quarantine and I was running out of nappies I put her on potty to save some and it worked

  • I started first thing in the morning when my son was about 11 months as he wasn’t one for nappies and he was really interested on sitting on the potty. But none of my children were the same.

  • Each to their own but I am choosing to toilet train rather than potty train.
    I bought one of the soft seats from Target that sit on top of the toilet seat.
    My little one has been showing signs for weeks but we have had a very busy schedule lately so haven’t had a few days to just concentrate on toilet training. I never force her on the toilet because I don’t want her to think it’s a bad thing. I ask her multiple times a day if she would like to use it and at least one time she will say yes. She’s 20 months old and did her first wee the other day (we made a big deal of about it, to help encourage her to do it again). I have hopes that she will be toilet trained by the time she turns 2 but as I said, I’m not forcing it on her if she doesn’t want to do it yet.

  • My little one was 3YO before he showed any interest in using the toilet. We skipped right past the small potty, and just threw a toddler seat (from Bunnings) on our toilet with a small child step for him to step on. It took about 2 weeks for him to really get the idea of it but now he goes all by himself and loves the independence we’ve given him. Next step – night time.

  • Depends also if you want to use a po tot or skip straight to the toilet.

  • I started investigating the option as soon as my daughter started walking around 1year old I brought her a doll that used a potty and sang a song and a book we would read about using the potty.
    I changed her nappy to pull ups and she would come to the toilet with me and I’d show her that I wee on there by 1 and a half I had sat her on the toilet a few times to try I think only once did she wee but it was a slow introduction to the big toilet as she is now almost 3 and still only uses the big toilet occassionally she has a potty in her room she uses all the time though so is now toilet trained I just went with her ques if she wasn’t showing interest at the time I didn’t bother I’d just put a nappy on her which eventually she hated and wanted to be nudie bum as she calls it which is what I think made her learn every child is different and my advice is follow cues read stories about it watch videos on it etc

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