My son is 14 months and he has started hiding when he has to poop. He's been walking since he was 9 months so he gets around really well. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any advice on potty training this young? I'm going to get him a little potty and see how he reacts to it. I've been searching the internet and I keep finding all these articles saying 18 month+ is the time to start but then there are also a TON of people talking about how hard it is for their child. Maybe the earlier we start the better? Hopefully. Anyway, thanks!
DD is 19 almost 20 weeks and we are transitioning to training pants with a cover this week.
Potty learning at this age is actually just old fashioned traditional potty learning. Get a potty. Sit baby on potty at likely time especially when they first wake up, before or after meals, before nap etc. The Bjorn little potty physically fits them best when they are little. Transition early to training pants and cloth diapers both help. They figure it out pretty fast. Diaper Free Before Three is a really great guide if you want one. We wait a bit longer because I find an interest in books to be a nice distraction.
I think it was about 15 months that I started putting ds on the potty in the morning & after nap. He was starting to be dry through naps so it seemed like a natural transition. We did that for quite some time (which was nice 'cause he could sleep naked for naps then) & then did a more deliberate pling at 21 months when we left the diapers behind for good.
I always just used a toilet seat reducer on our regular toilet. Our house is not big & we have dogs & having something else to clean just didn't appeal to me. I found that the cheapest plastic seat I could find worked the best.
Doula mama to dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08) and expecting (Apr '17)
We started elimination communication at 14 months, and it worked beautifully. By 18 months he was out of diapers during the day at home and out of diapers for outings at 21 months. By 2, we were able to put all the diapers away completely. I wasn't in a big hurry to get him potty learned quickly. I was mostly looking for an instinctual method that would be low stress for him and for me and DH. This was perfect for us.
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