I'm curious as to what people think about this, as a general rule.
Of course it depends on the child, and when the child is ready, but I think that usually people toilet train between 2-3 years of age in Australia (or thereabouts), whereas I often hear older people say that pre-disposable nappies children were generally toilet trained between 18mths and 2.
So do you think we are training them later just because disposable nappies make it more convenient?
Do you think that we now have the perception that children pre-2 aren't 'ready' to be toilet trained, when it used to be commonly accepted that they were?
Do you think it's possible to toilet train a child under 2 without too much distress on all sides?
My thoughts... Erm... Well, that's kind of why I'm curious to see what others think! DD is 18mths, and showing 'some' signs of readiness (tells me when she's done a poo, very interested in the toilet and potty, and will sit on them) and in other ways is not ready (never done anything when sat on toilet or potty, and hasn't told me BEFORE doing anything in her nappy - always after, and seems happy in nappies - announcing 'nappy time' when she needs changing).
So I'm thinking that it will be easier all round to wait until she is older and can understand the concept better. It's not something that I'm stressed about, but it got me thinking about 'the old days' when children were commonly trained at a younger age, and it wasn't thought of as difficult.
What are your thoughts?
ETA: I haven't put an 'other' option on the poll, as I'm not looking for the 'depends on the child/ maybe' reaction. I'm more interested in what you would pick as a 'general/ for most kids' response. Arghhh and I noticed a typo in the poll... Shame shame...