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10/02/2012, 10:23 AM
Hi,My DD is 22 months and basically I don't know where to start or how to know if she's ready or not.Any advice would be greatly appreciatedTIA X
10/02/2012, 10:29 AM
I tried when DD was about 26 months (admittedly I was a bit lazy because I had DD2 when she was 23 months and life was chaos for a while). I started by sitting her on the potty a bit and that was ok, but it was more toilet timing. She then had a few accidents and got really upset and didn't want to do it again, so I decided not to push the issue.
About three months later she was starting to show signs - she'd tell me as soon as she'd wee, and she'd go and stand in the corner and sort of squat when she was about to poo. So for two weeks I talked to her and explained that the nappies were going to go away and she was going to get big girl pants.
I set ourselves a day to do it, put her in undies that morning and prepared for the worst. But to my surprise she just had one little accident that day, and that was it. Undies ever since, its just clicked with her. For the first few days I'd be constantly reminding her and asking if she needed to go, and then she just started taking herself.
She still has a night nappy but more often than not wakes up dry. She sometimes goes without, but still sometimes wets the bed so I'm not worried about that. But for day time she was fully TT pretty much in a day.
10/02/2012, 10:34 AM
Child care has always set the ball rolling for my tribe as they have little loos and take the children every 20 minutes for weeks/months until they get it, so maybe that's how it's done. But 22 months seems very early. I'd wait to 3 if I were you.
10/02/2012, 10:39 AM
DS was the same age.
He started waking up dry of a morning so i knew he needed to go, sat him on the toilet and he went - huge deal etc and then put him in undies for the day.
Did a lot of outside play but we have wooden floors so that wasn't so bad if there was an accident.
I also made sure i had a BIG drink when he had a drink, which i tried to give him a cup of water with B/Fast, M/tea, Lunch etc rather than sipping on a water bottle, so i had a better idea when he would need to go.
I found asking if he needed to do a wee didn't work, it was just easier to say toilet time, and take him with me - he got the choice if he went first or mummy went first. Or he had the option of the potty.
Oh and we got a special Buzz Lightyear lolly dispenser, put in 10c and out came your gumball - we replaced gumballs with Jaffas so that was a huge help too - Getting the 10c and using the lolly dispenser was more fun than the jaffa's.
10/02/2012, 09:34 PM
I'm quite new to it all too, but have just TT my 24mth old. From about 18mths we've had th potty around, I'd let her sit on it before her bath whenever she was nude. Occasionally we'd get a hit & I'd praise her. She learnt the words wee & poo and that it was supposed to go in the potty. I also had a newborn, so was not going to push it. Less than 2 weeks ago, she didn't want to put her nappy on, so I left her nude. She just started going. I praised a lot and she was excited to make me happy. No pants, no accidents. But once we put undies on she needed reminding & help. Dont stress about it at her age, but give her the opportunity and you might be out of nappies a year before others think possible. And I feel they need to learn to hold wee & they don't do that in nappies. My daughter has gone from going every 20mins to holding for a few hours.
11/02/2012, 04:47 PM
I've been wondering this a bit too.
I was recommended this site as a bit of a guide for readinesshttp://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/books/007...isbn=0071476903
DD is a little younger but has started telling me when she has done a wee in her nappy (or perhaps just as she is doing the wee) but I haven't tried to put her on a potty yet. She hates doing a poo and cries every time so if I was a bit more dedicated, I could probably put her on the toilet for that every time. Sometimes when I've done that though, she hasn't ended up going and waits til later to poo, but mostly she has ended up going in the toilet.
At the moment, I am thinking I will start with some books, setting up a potty (as well as the little seat on the toilet) and seeing if she seems interested, but I want her to score a few more c's on that survey first. I figure if she is showing signs of readiness, then it's worth a shot. If it doesn't work, well, we try it again later and if it does, think of all the nappies that I didn't have to change.
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