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Location: Choo-Choo Town, TN
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Micah was ready less than a month after he turned two. I had been allowing him naked time an hour or so per day, and if I noticed him starting to urinate, I would move him to the potty. One day, the entire morning had passed with him going to the potty on his own while naked, so we "started". Within a week, he was waking dry in the mornings and I eliminated all diapers.
All children are different, and it can't really be categorized. Some children are ready as early as 18 months or before. Others not until 4 or later. Boys can be early or late or in the middle, as can girls. I think that 2 is kind of an average. I also think that it can be easier if you start before the "strong willed" stage that can occur some time during the 2's and 3's. No matter what, if your child isn't ready, you can't force them. I would allow periodic naked/diaper-free time, and let his body lead. When he is ready, he is ready.
Developmentally? I would say SOME form of communication would be needed, whether verbal or signed, the child would need to signal that he/she needs to potty, which would go hand in hand with recognizing the need to go.
I used CDs as well, which I think helps with recognizing the need to go. Night training, like day training, is going to vary from child to child. Some can day train early, but their bladders physically cannot be held through the night until they are much older. Others can.
Rebekah , single working mom to Micah (04.12.2007)