We have found, from your questions, research, and experience that the best time to potty train is 18-30 months. After 30 months, potty training becomes much more difficult and problematic. This is not to say that after 30 months is impossible, obviously, but we do miss that window of opportunity if we wait beyond that point. Signs of Readiness usually occur sometime around 18-20 months of age. However, we do not feel that parents are being too harsh on a two-year-old by beginning training whether they shows signs of readiness or not.
Many of you may disagree, but if you think about it, you will note that in our parent's generation, many children were trained by the age of one (1). It was actually a measure of good mothering to have your child trained early!
Now, we at Robyn's Nest do not agree with forcing a 12-month-old to sit on a potty for endless periods of time in order to be a "good mother". Just the opposite, in fact. We do, however, propose that our parent's generation's techniques did no permanent damage to us as children or adults. Which leads us to believe that beginning training around age two (2) whether the child is showing signs of readiness or not, is neither harmful nor abusive.
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Potty Training - The Best Time to Potty Train