Posted in Behavior, Diapering

When to start potty training?

Our LO is 13 months and has turned into what I can only describe as a tiny demon lately when we change her diaper. She used to sit quietly and not mind anything at all. As she got bigger we *might* need to sing a song or hand her a toy, but generally she never even attempt to roll over. FF to now? She is literally trying to climb us to avoid putting on the fresh diaper. She hasn’t had any food reactions, never had a yeast infection, and poops regularly. Any thoughts or suggestions welcome...

  • Ruth
    Jun 14

    I had the same issue with our 16 month daughter and we have been doing standing diaper changes ever since. Our daycare taught us how but I'm sure you could probably Google it.

  • Jackie
    Jun 14

    We’ve been going through this with our 11 month old!! Ughh it’s so hard! She’s too unstable on her feet for us to do standing diaper changes so I try and make her laugh or sing sounds or a mixture of both at times! Hopefully it’ll get easier soon 🙏🏽

  • Alli
    Jun 14

    Get pull ups! Not to train your toddler yet, but you can do standing changes like the commenter above said. Poops are harder obviously.. for us I try I give my toddler something he normally doesn’t get to play with (baby nail clippers, the lotion bottle, the little garbage bag I’ll put the poopy diaper in lol) and that has helped. I have read potty training isn’t until later. It’s hard, that’s for sure! Good luck.

  • Stacey
    Jun 14

    I'm glad to hear that our 20 month old is the same was. Kicking, trying to roll over, stand ing up and hugging us screaming, crying or whining the whole time. Sometimes a toy or letting him play with something he doesn't normaly get to like lotion bottle works. Sometimes a song or food will distract him. Other times its just a fight.

  • Kristen
    Jun 15

    We have our son pick a stuff animal that he thinks needs a new diaper too. We tell him to go first to show them what will happen. It works most of the time.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 15

    It’s a phase! You’ll come out on the other side

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jun 15

    This is totally normal for that age and there are a ton of great solutions out there. I usually give them something safe but not something they usually get to hold while I change them (diaper rash cream worked well for me with my youngest). In my personal experience, the earliest potty training I would do is 18 months, and most experts recommend between 22-30 months. My oldest started at 20 months, but really picked it up well closer to 22. Meanwhile my 3rd, is 2 weeks into training at age 18 months, and is prob getting it 80 percent of the time already.

  • Julie
    Jun 16

    My daughter started acting like this at 10ish months and it never ended till just recently when she took it upon herself to tell (show) me she was ready to potty training. If you have a potty chair, put it out. Let him watch you and daddy go pee and poop...if he shows interest then he may be ready. Good luck!!

  • Sinai
    Jun 16

    I started setting my son down on his potty at 11 months and now 4 months we can go all day without having to change a pull up. Still not trained but at it.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 16

    Thanks everyone! I’ll be talking to her daycare soon, too, since the toddler rooms have the first potty (there are two levels of toddler for potty trained vs not). She can’t walk on her own yet, so I don’t think they can move her to the first room. She definitely seems ready—if you catch her grunting or squatting and ask if she is making a poopoo she will nod yes or no (and is correct like 90% of the time). In the mean time we’ve been giving her weirder and less commonly played with toys to *try* to distract her.

  • Julie
    Jun 16

    Sorry, just realized I thought you said you had a son, not a daughter!! Haha. Anyway, if she shows she’s ready then give it a shot!!! My daughter is in daycare as well. She’s 21 months and her room has two toddler toilets. She is really good at staying dry at school even though they make her wear a diaper. She always tells her teachers she has to go. Ask your centers teachers if there’s any way they can accommodate. They should try to help!!! Also, it’s not necessarily too early at all. There’s one little girl in my daughters room who is only about 3 weeks older than my daughter and she’s been almost fully potty trained since late last year!!!