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What age is good fot potty training?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the child

Most kids get interested in the potty around 18 mo.
& train by 2 yrs. If their parents start taking them along every time the parents use the toilet. Put the kiddy potty on the bathroom floor so that your child can sit on it while you use the regular one. Start your child with clothes on;after a few days, go to just diaper, then, when your child's ready, to bare-bottom. Lots of praise & rewards help!

In brief: Depends on the child

Most kids get interested in the potty around 18 mo.
& train by 2 yrs. If their parents start taking them along every time the parents use the toilet. Put the kiddy potty on the bathroom floor so that your child can sit on it while you use the regular one. Start your child with clothes on;after a few days, go to just diaper, then, when your child's ready, to bare-bottom. Lots of praise & rewards help!
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. George Klauber
Just don't tell child to push it out or squeeze their tummies because this also results in contraction of pelvic floor muscles & voluntary urinary sphincters which can lead to future voiding dysfunctions. Basically agree with Dr. Juster that child in fact is training her/himself and parents should just be facilitators.
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: They train selves

Many parents + grandparents believe they can + do potty train their kids.
Not true. U can't teach a 2 or 3-year-old to relax their their urinary sphincter so that the bladder can reflexly contract?. U can give them a potty + demonstrate how it's done. Never say "push it out" when child is on potty because child will contract their urinary sphincter + force out urine. Not good, just safely say shhh.

In brief: They train selves

Many parents + grandparents believe they can + do potty train their kids.
Not true. U can't teach a 2 or 3-year-old to relax their their urinary sphincter so that the bladder can reflexly contract?. U can give them a potty + demonstrate how it's done. Never say "push it out" when child is on potty because child will contract their urinary sphincter + force out urine. Not good, just safely say shhh.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A toddler who walks

from room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training.
If not, you may create a behavior problem . There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it.

In brief: A toddler who walks

from room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training.
If not, you may create a behavior problem . There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: As early as 18m

Each child is different.
Some toddlers show signs as early as 18m. They will let you know they are wet and bring you a diaper. Or they have a bowel movement at the same time each day. Bring a potty chair out to have the child become familiar with it, make it fun and rewarding for the child. Lots of praise and encouragement helps. If your 18m old has good verbal skills you can start.

In brief: As early as 18m

Each child is different.
Some toddlers show signs as early as 18m. They will let you know they are wet and bring you a diaper. Or they have a bowel movement at the same time each day. Bring a potty chair out to have the child become familiar with it, make it fun and rewarding for the child. Lots of praise and encouragement helps. If your 18m old has good verbal skills you can start.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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