E.C. asks from Durham, CT on March 10, 2009
Potty Training My 19 Month Old Daughter
My 19 month old daughter recently showed an interest in using the potty. I went with it and put her on the potty. Surprisingly, she is doing very well. She has been requesting to use the potty many times throughout the day. She urinates and has bowel movements (up to three BMs in one day last weekend). She goes to a babysitter three times a week and then to my parents two days a week. She does very well with the potty training while at home, but not so great while she is out of our house.
I tried her in big girl underpants and she seemed stressed, so I did away with the panties for the time being. Two weeks later, she still seems interested. I'd hate to miss the opportunity to potty train her if she is in fact ready (I hear that there's a window of opportunity). I'm not sure what to do from here.
Should I (gently) push for her to be potty trained by doing away with diapers and using big girl undies exclusively? If so, how do I do it? I know it's not complicated, but I just don't feel like I know what I'm doing. Should I ask her to use the potty many times each hour?? Is it a contradictory message if I have her wear diapers at bedtime? Any advice would be appreciated!
D.F. answers from Boston on March 11, 2009
She is still very young, I wouldn't push it. Let her be interested at home. She will let you know when its time for the big girl pants. Enjoy her while she is so little, don't try to rush anything. Good luck!
R.B. answers from Boston on March 13, 2009
She is still so young, I would just let her continue to experiement with it for now. My daughter did the same thing as far as "being interested" in the potty at a very young age. Some days she would go on the potty several times and other days not at all. She is almost 3 now and is almost totally potty trained, without any real struggle, becasue she did it on her own schedule. Good luck!
R.K. answers from Boston on March 11, 2009
When she is at home does she use a small potty? If she does maybe you need to get one for her babysitter and your parents house too. She is only 19 months old so I wouldn't push it too hard but I wouldn't ask her if she needs or wants to go potty you should tell her its potty time because by asking it could turn into a power thing with her.
D.D. answers from Springfield on March 15, 2009
As a licensed early childcare provider for 12+ years and mom to 3 kiddos, I have had my fair share of potty training to say the least :) My suggestion is to continue with the potty training- you'll be so glad you did! My own kids were fully potty trained by 18 months(g), 26 months(b), and 22 months(g), so yes it is very possible that she is ready. So long as she is showing an interest I would certainly carry on. Of course continuing it to keep it fun- can't tell you the number of potty dances and pee-pee celebrations I have taken part in ;)
If she is using a potty chair, I would suggest purchasing the exact same one for you to transport to grandparents/babysitters. You may also want to try her on a nice comfy seat that fits on the toilet- (I always went right to this in order to avoid transitioning from potty chair to toilet seat).
As for underwear, I have always had good luck with the padded training undies w/ the rubber liner. Gerber makes one (http://www.pottytrainingconcepts.com/WMT_AI1G.html). I believe they are available at Walmart. I much prefer "Big Girl" undies rather than pullups when potty training. If she is not yet comfortable with the underwear, you may want to start out by putting them over her diaper/pullup for the first week...just to get her use to the idea. At night, I would call her pullups "night-night undie" or something similar so that she associates them with only being worn at night.
It's a lot of work, but well worth it. If I can help any other way, please don't hesitate to contact me! Good Luck