Why have you not started potty training your baby yet? When my son was this age he was no longer using diapers during the day. Sounds familiar? Well, I heard this more than enough times before I started potty training my daughter. At only 18 months, some family members, relatives and close friends all seemed concerned. Well, this is totally understandable because some people believe that learning how to use a potty is one of the important milestones in a baby’s development. Although I did not feel pressured to start potty training my daughter before I felt she was ready for it, such questions left me wondering whether there is a right time to start. So how early can you start potty training? At 8 months? 12 months? or 18 months perhaps? I believe this a question that does not have a straight forward answer. In this article, we will present a roundup of responses from several moms. They will tell us when they started potty training and why they started at that particular time and not earlier or later.
Fellow mums’ experiences with potty training
Maryanne, a mother of two boys aged 3 years old and 7 months stated;
Sharon, a mother of one gal aged 6 years also had a similar experience. She explained;
Mercy is a mother of two, a boy aged 5 years and a girl aged 3.5 years. Mercy had a different experience with potty training. She stated;
Evelyn, a mother of two twin girls says;
From an expert’s perspective; how early can you start potty training?
Majority of experts say that there is no right or wrong age to start potty training a child. They agree that it depends on your goals and your child’s developmental milestones.
In some parts of the world, parents start training their children how to use a potty as early as 8 months while others start not earlier than 18 months.
The appropriate time to start potty training is when you feel or notice your child is ready. This means that there are a number of signs to look out for.
- Baby looks for privacy when he or she wants go
- Refuses to stay in a wet or soiled diaper
- Often wakes up with a dry diaper
- Tries to remove his diaper when he wants to go
- The baby will become fussy when he wants to go until you remove his diaper
- Enjoys being diaper free