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Have you potty trained a younger toddler? 21 month DD

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Pottytrainingstressed Tue 14-Apr-20 16:50:17


Just after some help as I’m not sure whether it would be best to stop for a few months or persevere.

DD has been potty training for about a week. She is doing well, can poo/ wee on potty and will sometimes initiate but mostly needs prompting.

We’ve had accidents as she’ll hold it, not go and then have a big wee while playing. Maybe one or two accidents a day.

Trips out may be tricky but it’s not like we can go anywhere for a few months so not too worried about that just yet. As DH has another couple of months on furlough.

I feel like we’ve made real progress but I do worry she’s doing too much too soon.

She did seem ready, and generally as she was quite early with other milestones it seemed like a good idea to try it.

Can I ask how long it took you to potty train your younger child? Is it just a case of her being a bit younger she may need more time? Any tips? Doing the oh crap method, I’m going to re-read it but wanted some real life tips!

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NoodieRoodie Tue 14-Apr-20 19:48:06

I did all 3 of mine between 19 and 23 months and it took between a week and a couple of weeks for them to be reliable (ish). I didn't follow any method as I sort of did it by accident with my eldest and made it up as we went along! For 2 of mine out and out bribery worked, along the lines of "we're going out know/it's been a while since you had a wee, go have a try and you can have a smartie". For the other one if I thought it'd been a while since she'd been I'd sit her on the potty and read a story. All of them were totally dry daytime before they were 2 so if you're happy with what you're doing I'd persist, like you say you're at home and it's an ideal time

Pottytrainingstressed Tue 14-Apr-20 21:29:44

Thank you @NoodieRoodie I had a bit of a freak out after the big carpet wee and accident in the park!

I’m going to keep going. She’s doing so well it seems like a bad idea to quit now.

She may not end up back at nursery till her second birthday. I hope things will have clicked by then!

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Latteaday123 Tue 14-Apr-20 21:36:12

Sounds like she has the hang. Id preserve. I don't mean to brag but my second child was actually toilet trained and dry at night by 18 months - I know that sounds ridiculous but she just somehow understood it!! As soon as she got the hang of it I also took away nappies at night and she again just understood it. I think sometimes waiting can make children understand the whole thing less. Good luck!

Pottytrainingstressed Tue 14-Apr-20 21:47:53

Thank you@Latteaday123 I agree waiting could be harder, I think it can be simpler with a younger toddler as there can be less objections or attachment to nappies.

Some naps have been dry. Unfortunately we still rely on a nighttime bottle for her to sleep at night so I can imagine dry nights being a challenge down the line. But one obstacle at a time!

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Twistedinknots Tue 14-Apr-20 21:58:24

Hello, I did at 22 months
Don't worry about night-time, that will happen when she is ready.

It sounds like you're off to a great start, just keep being consistent and don't put too much pressure on ie " oh dear, try again next time" each time there is an accident.

mamablondie Mon 20-Apr-20 18:16:23

Following! My daughter is 22 months I’m extremely keen to train while in lockdown.

UKWoman Thu 23-Apr-20 03:57:12

My first was around 18 months & we didn't have any trouble; she just sort of began - but still wore them at night for quite a while. This time 2 1/2 years & has no interest so far. I won't try to hard, I'll have another go in a couple of months.
My Mum always used to push that it happens when the time is right, you don't hear of many teens still wearing nappies

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