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How long does potty training typically take?

Hey guys,

I am a new parent and my toddler is showing signs of being ready for potty training. I am eager to start this process, but I have no idea how long it will take for my child to fully learn and understand the concept of using the potty. I have read different articles, but I am still confused about the timeline of potty training.

So, can anyone share their experiences or knowledge? How long does potty training typically take and what are some tips that worked for you? I just want to make sure that I am prepared for this journey and set realistic expectations for my child's progress.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi there,

In my personal experience, the length of potty training can vary greatly from child to child. For my oldest child, it took about six months of consistent effort before she was fully potty trained, while my youngest child picked it up within a couple of weeks.

I found that a key factor in successful potty training was waiting until my child was ready and showing interest in using the potty. Once we started, we made sure to consistently remind our child to use the potty and rewarded them for their efforts. We also made sure to have plenty of spare clothes on hand for accidents.

Another important tip is to be patient and not get frustrated if progress seems slow. Every child learns at their own pace, and putting too much pressure on them can actually hinder the process.

Overall, just keep in mind that potty training is a process, and it's important to be consistent, patient, and encouraging throughout it all. Best of luck to you and your little one!


Hello all,

My child and I had a unique potty training journey, as we started the process early, close to 18 months. I know this is considered earlier than most kids, but my child was showing signs of readiness, so we decided to give it a try. And to my surprise, my child picked it up pretty quickly, within 1-2 weeks.

Of course, the process wasn't perfect, and there were accidents along the way, but the whole experience taught me that there isn't a perfect timeline or method when it comes to potty training. Every child is different and has their own pace of learning, so parents need to be patient and work with the child's pace.

Another thing that worked for us was introducing potty training gradually. We started by introducing the idea of using the potty, and then gradually reducing the use of diapers. This helped my child to get familiar with the potty and feel comfortable using it.

Overall, my experience tells me that timing is relative when it comes to potty training, and experimentation is key. Based on your child's readiness, you can try different methods and see what works best for you and your child.


Hi everyone,

For my child, potty training was a long process, close to 8 months. We started when my child was showing signs of interest and readiness, and while the initial progress was good, it soon plateaued, and the progress became slower.

During this time, we tried different methods, such as rewards, a potty training song, and reading books together. However, what really helped us to make progress was taking a break and revisiting the whole process with a fresh start.

When we started again after a small break, we changed our approach and tried to focus on the right habits, as user 3 mentioned. We tried to teach my child how to identify and communicate when they needed to use the potty and also praised them for using the potty without prompting. This approach made my child feel like they were more in control rather than us pushing them.

Lastly, something that helped us a lot was open communication with our child's daycare provider. Their support was invaluable, and they helped maintain consistency, making it easier for my child to transfer the habit of using the potty from home to daycare.

To anyone going through a challenging or long potty training journey, my advice is to have patience, keep trying different methods until you find what works, and try not to stress too much. With time, your child will learn, and you will both make it to the other side.


Hi there,

I had quite a different experience with potty training for my child. It took a long time for my child to become fully potty trained, close to a year. We initially started the process when my child showed some interest in using it, but it just wasn't clicking for them.

It was a frustrating process, and we tried all kinds of rewards and fun activities to motivate my child to use the potty, but it just wasn't working. We also tried different potty training methods and even sought help from experts or other parents.

However, one thing that, retrospectively, we didn’t focus on was rewarding the right habits. We tended to reward using the potty itself, rather than the habits behind it, such as sitting in the correct position, flushing the toilet or washing their hands. We changed our approach and focused more on creating habits, and slowly we started seeing progress.

So, my advice would be to focus more on the process and habits behind the act instead of rushing to achieve the result. Teaching proper clean-up habits and celebrating each step towards potty independence can help make potty training a more positive experience.


Hello everyone,

Potty training was a challenging experience for me, and it took my child about 5-6 months to become fully potty trained. I tried a few different methods, but what really worked for us was creating a visual chart and rewarding my child with stickers for each successful use of the potty.

We also used a potty training seat that fit onto our regular toilet, which made the process more straightforward and less intimidating. We made it a fun experience by reading books together, singing songs and doing a happy dance every time my child successfully used the potty.

One thing I learned during the process was that consistency is crucial, but so is being flexible. We followed a routine, but I also made sure to adapt to my child's needs and make changes whenever necessary. There were times when my child felt uncomfortable or frustrated, and I took a break and tried again after a few days.

Another thing that helped us was setting realistic goals and celebrating small achievements along the way. It helped build my child's confidence and created a sense of excitement around potty training.

In conclusion, every child and family is different, but with patience, consistency and flexibility, you can make potty training a fun and positive experience.


Hey there,

My child was also showing interest in potty training at a young age, so we started the process with some trepidation. It took us around 3 months for my child to fully learn and understand it. As we started, we tried keeping it playful and fun so that the process doesn't become intimidating for the child.

We created a ritual - they would use the potty and then get a high five or a little reward. It created a sense of excitement and a positive association with it. We also made sure to have an array of colourful underpants and let them pick their favourite ones.

Like User 1 said, patience and consistency are key throughout the process. We tried to keep in mind that every child is different, and their learning curve can vary, so we didn't revolve our expectations around timetables. Also, staying calm throughout the process was important as children can pick on our anxiety and develop fear or anxiety themselves.

Lastly, it's essential to celebrate their successes and focus less on their slip-ups or mistakes. It's all part of the process, and with the right attitude, potty training can be a fun journey for both you and your child.

Hope my experience helped!

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