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My toddler is showing interest in the toilet instead of the potty, is it too early for them to start using the toilet?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time parent and my toddler is currently 2 years old. Recently, I have noticed that my child has been showing more interest in the toilet instead of the potty. While they have been using the potty on occasion, they seem more intrigued by the toilet and have even tried to use it a few times.

I am wondering if it is too early for my child to start using the toilet and if I should be encouraging them to stick with the potty for a while longer. I do not want to rush them if they are not ready, but I also do not want to discourage them if they are showing signs of readiness.

Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hi there,

In my personal experience, I started toilet training my first child when they were around 2 years old. Like your toddler, they showed more interest in the toilet than the potty. While it can be nerve-wracking to start them on the toilet so early, my child was able to successfully use it with assistance from me.

It's important to remember that every child is different and there's no exact timeline for when they should start using the toilet. If your child is showing interest and willingness to try, it's worth giving it a shot. However, if they seem uncomfortable or resistant, it may be best to continue with the potty until they are fully ready.

Ultimately, it's up to you as the parent to gauge your child's readiness and determine what works best for your family. Good luck with the toilet training process!



I had a different experience when it came to toilet training my son. He was around 3 years old and still showed no interest in the toilet or the potty. I tried several different methods to encourage him, but nothing seemed to work.

Eventually, I decided to take a break from trying to toilet train him and just let him lead the way. A few months later, he suddenly told me that he wanted to use the toilet like a big boy. It took a little time, but he finally got the hang of it.

From my experience, it's important to not force your child to use the toilet or potty before they're completely ready. Every child is different and may take longer to develop this skill. Just be patient and encouraging, and eventually, they'll get there.

Hope that helps!


Hey there,

I can totally understand where you're coming from. My daughter was also about 2 years old when she showed more interest in the toilet than the potty. However, we did not encourage it until she was a little older.

My husband and I decided to wait until our daughter was around 2 and a half years old before we attempted to toilet train her. Since we waited a little longer, it only took her a few days to get the hang of it.

I think it's important to wait until your child is completely ready before attempting to use the toilet. If they're showing more interest in the toilet, that's definitely a good sign, but it may still be too early for them to switch fully. Just continue encouraging them and let them move at their own pace.

Hope that helps!


Hello there!

My daughter was about 2 and a half years old when she started showing interest in using the toilet like an adult. She would constantly ask me about it and occasionally try to use it.

However, I decided to wait a little longer before attempting to toilet train her. I didn't want to put too much pressure on her, so I made the switch gradually. We started by letting her sit on the toilet fully clothed, just so she could get used to the idea of sitting on it.

Eventually, we transitioned to wearing training pants and using the potty before bed. After a couple of weeks, we finally made the full switch to using the toilet during the day. She had the occasional accident, but overall, the process went smoothly.

In my opinion, it's better to let your child take the lead when it comes to toilet training. Waiting until they show a real interest in it can make the process of learning much easier for them.

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