Potty training tips please!

When did you start potty training your child and how did you go about it? My daughter has been showing interest but I have no idea where to start!

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    03/20/14
    Beth
    We did the 3 day method with both Mason and Audrey. The method suggests doing it at 22 months, but I didn't find it until Mason was 26 months... both experiences (novels, sorry) below!

    Mason was 26 months when we found out about the 3 day method. He had been showing ZERO signs of potty training anytime soon. We did our 3 days and it was horrific. But it worked. Around day 6ish? He realized he had control over his body and he would taunt me... he would pull his pants down and stand near the TV/sister/toys/couch/whatever and say "mooooooooooom look where I'm peeing!" and start going. It was not accidents. It was very clearly an intentional, calculated thing. Excluding the 2 days we dealt with that he has had 2 accidents since his 3 day method. One we were touring a submarine. He told us he had to go, we took him to the bathroom, it was terrifying (even as a grown adult I thought it was pretty creepy) and he said he didn't have to go anymore... we left the bathroom and he peed his pants. The other accident he had we were on an airplane, he told us during landing that he had to go and we told him to wait. We got off the plane and my husband and I completely forgot he had said anything. We got our bags, headed out to the car and as we were loading suitcases into the car he started crying because he had peed his pants and was SO embarrassed.

    We started Audrey's 3 days the day she turned 22 months. She had been telling us when she pooped and cooperating for diaper changes, but had zero interest in the potty. 3 horrific days. It mostly worked. She for sure knew what was supposed to happen. Unfortunately, she was very slow to talk, and so her language just wasn't developed enough. She would tell us she had to go, but unless my husband or I had our full attention on her we would miss it. She would only tell us once and if we missed it and didn't start heading for the bathroom, she'd pee a little in her pants and stop the second we said "Oh quick let's go to the bathroom!" It took us about 2 more weeks in training pants to get her to give us more than one warning and a more obvious warning... she started patting her crotch and saying "pa pa" when she had to go. Since we learned her signs, she hasn't had any accidents at all.

    I am a huge advocate for the 3 day method, but it is not easy. Both times I spent night 2 in hysterical tears. Both times I eventually pulled myself together and told myself "one more day and then we will go back to diapers" and both times something clicked on day 3 and they had it.
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      8Theresa Gould
      It varied from child to child. I wasn't as good as my mother and have mine potty trained by a year old but had a couple trained by 18 months. They were and are compliant children though and are the easiest with almost everything. The others were older. I found it easier to potty train them if we used cloth diapers. Our last child just potty trained two weeks ago and he's 3.5. We used disposables with him all the way through.
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      03/20/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Here's what we did with our last son, but he's been so ready and just stalling on us:

      https://moms.com/post/144005/how-to-potty-train-a…

      Your daughter is still pretty young. If she's showing signs, I'd just introduce her to the potty. Let her sit on it and see if she goes. Most babies and toddlers go right away upon waking up in the morning, you could start there as soon as you hear her stirring.

      You could also get potty books and read them to her or show her the Elmo potty video (that video helped potty train our seventh child). Each child is so different.
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        03/20/14
        Kimmy, does your child show cues like body awareness? Do they know after they have gone to tell you they need to be changed? That's usually the first step, kiddos seem to go backwards in recognizing what their body is doing. First they notice after, then they notice during and then they notice before. Once they hit that middle stage of knowing during I would start reiterating it with them. "Oh are you going potty right now?" if you see them squat. And then look for then being more aware before, like squatting but no straining or if they stop playing and look down to the front of their diaper.
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