When is the Right Time to Potty Train?

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Getting ready for the arrival of Ella and being warned about the amount of soiled diapers I’d have to change, I stocked my nursery with all the essentials – changing pad, diapers, wipes and disposable gloves.  Yes, disposable gloves were a must have for me as the thought of even accidentally getting any of it on my hands grossed me out.  As with everything when you actually become a parent, you just learn to deal with it as there is no other choice.

As a result, I was happy to support potty training as soon as possible!  We were lucky as Ella’s baby sitters were completely on board.  I read a lot of articles about when the right time was and many of the articles indicated that you should wait until they showed interest in the potty or were uncomfortable sitting in a soiled diaper.  Ella was 19 months at the time, and I can’t say that she showed interest or even cared too much about a soiled diaper.  In looking back, I think she was a little young to really care one way or another and I wonder if I waited until she had more of an opinion on things whether she would have been as agreeable to go along with it.  Who knows, all I knew was the sooner the better and since she didn’t fight us on it, why not? (more…)

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