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What's the earliest you can start potty training?

What is the earliest you can start to potty train your kids? My son is 14 months old. Is he too young to start trying?

Submitted by Ashleydecell

Really 14 months is too young, at that age it is the parent who is being "trained" to know the child's schedule and read the signs of the child needing to use the bathroom rather than the child actually being "trained". Many children who are "trained" under the age of two will stop being sucessful and need to be "re-trained" at some point in the future. Between 18 and 24 months of age most children will begin to have an interest in what goes on in the bathroom. This is a great time to invest in a potty chair and start talking about what happens in the bathroom with the terms that are comfortable for your family. Reward willingness to sit on the potty even if they are unsucessful attempts. If you can stay positive and reward heavily for success with time your son will be fully toilet trained. 

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Some kids just arent ready but if you see the signs in your child then they might be. My son always liked watching daddy and loved flushing the toilet.At 12 months i would just put him on the toilet and clapped and he always thought it was a game.13 months he began taking of his diaper. even with pants he learn to pull them off.So i decided to try. Yes He is almost completely potty trained.. he comes to me and tells me potty and i put him on toilet.he is 14 months in a week.hes very fast learner
Submitted by teamsmithulldo1
Some kids just are not ready but if you see the signs in your child then they might be. My son always liked watching daddy and mommy and loved flushing the toilet.At 12 months i would just put him on the toilet and clapped and he always thought it was a game.13 months he began taking off his diaper.even with pants he learn to pull them off. So i decided to try. Yes He is almost completely potty trained.. he comes to me and tells me potty and i put him on toilet.he is 14 months in a week.can work
Submitted by teamsmithulldo1
I followed both of my childrens lead when they wanted to sit on the potty I let them. My daughter would take her own diaper off to potty and put it back on when she was done. She stopped wearing diapers at 16 months. My son that was non verbal until he was 3years old was wearing underwear and going potty at 18 months. They always followed me into the bathroom as soon as they where mobile and i let them sit on a potty chair and cheered every sucess & if they didn't want 2 I didn't push it
Submitted by jesijetjames
I started with my first when she was 14mo. when she turned 2 she was good at using it but sometimes didn't feel like going to the potty and is still that way at times especially when we go somewhere. My 2nd I started with her when she was 6mo. what some might call Elimination communication or Infant Potty Training. She is now 2 1/2 and will tell me most of the time when she has to go. There are many great sites out there to help with EC or IPT. I started just by doing it part time.
Submitted by Kat540