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    Default When did you start toilet training?

    At what age did you bring the potty out and ditch the nappy for a few hours a day?

    My dd is 18mo, she knows what poo's and wee's are.
    When I'm on the toilet she is all excited saying "Mum poo-wee" (sorry TMI)
    So I thought today I would bring the potty out..
    She just seems confused by it.
    I have sat her on there saying "Poo's & wee's" making a big song and dance about it.. But she just either gets upset or runs to the toilet and says "Mum Poo's Wee's"

    I'm thinking I'm trying to young, but she understands what poo's and wee's are and will often tell me when she has done a poo in her nappy etc.
    So I don't know how to continue from here on?

    Do I just let her run around nappy less and when she does a wee I just take her and sit her on the potty until she gets the idea?
    Or just wait until she is a bit older?

    I have never toilet trained before, this area of parenting is all new to me.

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    I left it too late with DS1, he was nearly 3 and it was hard. The others were around 2 or less and it was very easy to train day and night simultaneously. DD2 who is 20 months could definitely be toilet trained now but she is having an operation and cast on next week so I willhave to leave it untila fter that.

    I do a rough version of the three day potty training but we go straight to the big toilet with an insert

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    Maybe try using the toilet instead of the potty, as she knows what the toilet is for, the potty might just be confusing her???

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    I tried with DD1 at around 2 (several times) but it was a huge failure. She toilet trained at 3 very easily though. I think it depends on the child, some are ready early and others just aren't.

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    I waited until they were interested. All three were toilet trained day time around 2 1/2. Night times took a lot longer. Also my youngest prefers the potty where the other two were toilet learners. Each child is different

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    We waited until she started asking to go to the toilet (she's never been interested in the potty despite us having it in the bathroom since she was about 18 months old).

    One day a few weeks ago, just before her 2nd birthday, she said to me she needed to wee and ran off to the toilet! Since then, it's been pretty good. She'll still have accidents, but majority of the time she'll go to the toilet.

    As for nappy free time, we've been pretty much doing that for a long time, especially when it's warmer. She loves having no clothes on at all and we just make sure we ask her if she needs to go to the toilet regularly.

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    I'll wait til DS (almost 2) lets me know he's ready.

    Health professionals/paeds reckon they're not usually ready (psychologically) until about 2 1/2... Same with moving from cot to big bed... Too early and they just get out all the time.

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    I'm a Paeds nurse and I've trained all of mine by 2.5 years..... Friends have waited for their kids to initiate and one child was 4 before he started. I firmly believe it is called toilet training as we need to teach them. I have always done a version of the 3 day tt

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackEyedPea View Post
    Health professionals/paeds reckon they're not usually ready (psychologically) until about 2 1/2... Same with moving from cot to big bed... Too early and they just get out all the time.
    I find that strange. All my kids have gone into beds from the age of 12 months and with the exception of DS1 toilet trained before or around 2...and I know lots of other who have too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    I find that strange. All my kids have gone into beds from the age of 12 months and with the exception of DS1 toilet trained before or around 2...and I know lots of others who have too!
    Just because you and lots if people you know think that, doesn't make it a universal truth. It all depends on what we as parents interpret what we see as being 'ready'. For me (and many people I know), our children didn't seem ready and I don't see the rush. He is starting to show an understanding if what it is to use a toilet now at 2 yrs... But before now I would have been 'training' him without him really understanding and being ready himself IMO

    Same with moving to a big bed - he would just get out all the time before now and so I think he needs to ba able to understand that being in a big bed means he can't just get up all through the evening and during the night.
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