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How do I fit potty training my 18 month old in with my newborns schedule?

I have a 3 month old and an 18 month old. I believe my 18 month old daughter is ready to start potty training. She's always taking her diaper off when its dirty, she knows what "potty" means and where the bathroom is--in fact she has gone pee a handful of times in the tiolet already. What I'm not sure of, is how often I should be taking her potty and how I fit it in, or remember for that matter, with the demanding needs of a new born. Any help or tips would be great!

Submitted by Jessical_124

I think the word “parent” comes from the Latin word parentus meaning “I’m supposed to do how many things all at once?!!”

When it is time to potty train a child, a parent definitely has to make sure that a child is ready and able.  But we forget that the parent herself also has to be ready and able.  Sometimes, there is too much going on in a parent’s life for her to put forth the effort and consistency needed to potty-train a child, and if a child is young (I would say less than three years of age), a parent may choose to wait until life circumstances change to the point where the parent has more time, energy, and opportunity to do the job well.

 

With that said, if a child is ready but the mom can’t put forth a complete effort, she can still help the child move in the right direction.  For example, a parent may want to give a child the opportunity to go potty when the child wants to and praise the effort when she does, but not put pressure on the child (or herself) for the child to do it.   Or, the mom may want to just pick one convenient time of the day to work on potty training (for example, a time that the child tends to consistently need to poop or pee), and only focus on that time of day.  When the child masters going potty at that time, the parent can then choose another time to do the same.

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I potty trained my little boy when he was almost three while at the same time I had a newborn. I knew he had been ready for a couple of months, but with my big old pregnant body I couldn't pick him up and rush him to the potty, so I waited until the baby was born. Even then, it was kind of stressful just because I would be nursing #2 and then child #1 would need to go NOW! If you are really gung-ho about it, I'd say take her to the potty about once an hour or so. No one will blame you if you wait to train, though.
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18 months is really young. Something I discovered with my son is there is a huge difference between them knowing when they have to go, and being able to control it. Switching back & forth between diapers & underwear confuses them. We introduced the potty at around 12 months but he really showed no interest for a long time. We finally got the feeling he was really ready right after his 3rd birthday (we also had a newborn). We went cold turkey to underwear and he was completely trained in 2 days.
Submitted by anna.frazier1
Honestly I would wait until both kids are just a bit older, but if you really want to give it a go, I've heard the best way is to commit to 3-5 days of NO diapers at all. Just let her go on the floor until she learns that peeing is done on the potty now. (It's a big commitment for you though--lots of cleaning in those days!) If she seems to be getting it at the end of those days, great! If not, don't stress it--wait till she's older.
Submitted by christi.joy
I have 5 children and I potty trained the oldest one at 18mos. I waited until the other 4 were turning 3.
Submitted by chreeuuss