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Is 18 months to 2 years too early for potty training, or can we start now?
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: When Ready
Many people have many indicators for readiness.
The best sign I have seen is when the child wants changed every time they are wet, they generally can be trained in 2 wks. Although there is no real research, this seems to work.

In brief: When Ready
Many people have many indicators for readiness.
The best sign I have seen is when the child wants changed every time they are wet, they generally can be trained in 2 wks. Although there is no real research, this seems to work.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Potty training myth
Parents training their children is a myth.
They train themselves when are ready + want to use the potty. Let your child watch parents use toilet + offer a potty. If child voluntarily sits on potty you can make a shhhh sound simulating urinary stream hitting base of potty. Avoid negativity such as "ur2 old for diapers". Don't advise to "push it out" which causes straining via closed sphincter.

In brief: Potty training myth
Parents training their children is a myth.
They train themselves when are ready + want to use the potty. Let your child watch parents use toilet + offer a potty. If child voluntarily sits on potty you can make a shhhh sound simulating urinary stream hitting base of potty. Avoid negativity such as "ur2 old for diapers". Don't advise to "push it out" which causes straining via closed sphincter.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on child
It totally depends on each child.
It certainly won't harm your child. Children with older siblings tend to learn faster but i throw everything out the window as to a definitive rule. Barring mental impairment, they will get it by kindergarten. You can try early if they are reading potty-training books, showing interest/desire, or save yourself all the work and in time they will do it when ready.

In brief: Depends on child
It totally depends on each child.
It certainly won't harm your child. Children with older siblings tend to learn faster but i throw everything out the window as to a definitive rule. Barring mental impairment, they will get it by kindergarten. You can try early if they are reading potty-training books, showing interest/desire, or save yourself all the work and in time they will do it when ready.
Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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In brief: Perfect age
Many 18 month olds are ready to potty train.
If your little one is showing interest , then start potty training with lots of praise!

In brief: Perfect age
Many 18 month olds are ready to potty train.
If your little one is showing interest , then start potty training with lots of praise!
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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