Our Top Must-Have Potty Training Products {$150 Giveaway}

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Summer time is a great time to begin potty training, the days are warmer and kids can run around diaper free all day. I trained my first during the summer months and I am hoping to maybe start with my now 18 month before the end of the summer. It may be a bit early but I can always go back to potty training later if it doesn’t happen in the first try.

As I start thinking about potty training my second child and based on my experience with my first I have put together a list of essential products that I will be using this time around:

  • A Small, Portable Potty Training Seat

The big toilet seat can be scary and intimidating when you start potty training your child. Get a small, portable potty training seat that looks less intimidating and more your child’s size.  We opted for a Beco Potty Eco-Friendly Potty when potty training our first son and I will get something similar this time around. At the store you can also find potty seats with friendly colours and children’s characters decorations.

  • Cute Potty Training Pants/Underwear

It is important to transition from diapers to training pants/underwear when you decide to start potty training. I found that going from cloth diapers straight to underpants was the best thing for us but you can definitely try training pants to start with, some have an extra layer of absorbency to help when little ones have accidents.

Look for cute designs at your local store, even better if you let your child pick his/her favourites.

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  • A Potty on the Go (Carry Potty)

I purchased a My Carry Potty portable seat on Amazon with my first and used it all the time. I kept it in the car and it was always a life saver when he had to go and couldn’t wait to find a public washroom. It was also great to avoid using dirty germy toilet seats at public washrooms. I am definitively using it again with my second.

  • Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes are very helpful when little ones are learning to master toilet training. They provide a better clean than toilet paper and rarely irritate their delicate skin. They are also convenient for travel and on the go when there is not toilet paper in public washrooms. I carry a pack of Kandoo® Flushable Wipes in my bag at all times and I love that they are biodegradable and the perfect size for little hands.

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  • A Good Selection of Potty Training Books

Potty training books are a great way to introduce the potty to your child. A fun way to make training interesting and explain all of the steps of the entire routine. Go to your local library to get a few books if you can, there are many wonderful ones but our favourite when training our first was Sesame Street: Potty Time with Elmo.

Elmo

Potty training shouldn’t be stressful for yourself or your child, remember, patience is key! If you think your child is not ready don’t rush him/her. Wait a few weeks and try again! Good Luck and enjoy the summer!

Check out some useful potty training tips from Kandoo in the official Kandoo Potty Training Guide.

For those of you that have a potty trained child, any other must haves you can think of?

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86 responses to “Our Top Must-Have Potty Training Products {$150 Giveaway}”

  1. Judy Cowan — June 10, 2015 @ 1:38 pm (#)

    I honestly think it depends on the child and when they start showing signs that they are interested/ready. Probably around 2 is common.

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  2. Carey Hurst — June 10, 2015 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    I honestly can’t say the perfect age, i find people are to focused on competition with each other that they push their kids to

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  3. Julia — June 10, 2015 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    I think it depends on the kid

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  4. Sunshine G — June 10, 2015 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    We started around 18 months, and she’s been daytime trained since 2.

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  5. Barb W — June 10, 2015 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    I don’t think there is a pre determined age, I think it’s just a matter of when the child is ready.

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  6. lynn clayton — June 10, 2015 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    when the child is ready

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  7. Sarah M — June 10, 2015 @ 5:04 pm (#)

    Normally I would say 2 from past experiences, but this go around with our son (who is currently 2 1/2) has been NOT easy! So…. 3? LOL!

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  8. Taylor Hawkins — June 10, 2015 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    Pretty much the child will let you know when they’re ready, but it’s good to start bringing the potty out by 2

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  9. Kristina Ziegler — June 10, 2015 @ 7:27 pm (#)

    When they are ready!

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  10. Jennifer P. — June 10, 2015 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    My older child was super keen and started just after her first birthday and was fully potty trained by 2. My current 2 year old has almost no interest and I feel like she will be in diapers forever! I know she won’t be, but… So I think the ideal age is when your child is ready and shows some interest. I never would have started at 1 but my daughter pushed it and thus I followed her lead. I have tried at 2 with my current toddler and we both got frustrated, so I am leaving it alone for now and we are much happier in the meantime. No sense trying to force it at a certain age, because I don’t think that it will be successful when forced.

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  11. Vesper Meikle — June 10, 2015 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    I would of thought that it depends on the individual child – as long as they are trained before they are in kindergarden and out of the care of parents

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  12. Louise Chapman — June 10, 2015 @ 8:03 pm (#)

    My boys were 2.5 and my daughter was 1.5 so it depends on the kid!

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  13. Michelle B — June 10, 2015 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    I don’t know that you can put an age on it really. It is something that is really based on the child. My first son was almost 3, where my second son was just 2.5 years old.

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  14. jan — June 10, 2015 @ 8:42 pm (#)

    I would say there is no ‘right’ age.

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  15. Silvia D — June 10, 2015 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    When the child is ready. Each of mine were different, my son potty trained really early and my daughter was much later.

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  16. Wanda Tracey — June 10, 2015 @ 9:04 pm (#)

    Every little child is different of course but I am thinking that two years is the average age of toddlers starting to train.

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  17. Josee Carpentier — June 11, 2015 @ 2:35 am (#)

    Âge 2

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  18. Carol Denny — June 11, 2015 @ 3:40 am (#)

    I think 2 years old.

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  19. Florence C — June 11, 2015 @ 4:31 am (#)

    It depends on the child. My daughter was easily trained at 2 day and night. My son a lot older and a bed wetter,

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  20. Laurie P — June 11, 2015 @ 5:58 am (#)

    Everyone’s kid is different…..I just let my girl lead the way….we started a little later than most people would, but I wouldn’t change a thing. We are stress free about it, and it’s all working out!
    Lots of praise goes a long way!

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  21. Robyn Bellefleur — June 11, 2015 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Around 2 years old.

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  22. melissa fowers — June 11, 2015 @ 7:55 am (#)

    My daughter is 2 and a half and we are full force trying to train her right now

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  23. tammy ta — June 11, 2015 @ 10:47 am (#)

    22 months-they can be trained by their second birthday

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  24. kristen visser — June 11, 2015 @ 10:55 am (#)

    there definitely is not an age for that! i know lol. I have been trying for a while now with my 2.5 year old and she will wait till the diaper is put back on before going to the bathroom. i have sat her down on a potty for an hr before waiting to see if she would go. she obviously isn’t ready yet so every day i put her on for a few minutes just to get her used to the potty. its not like she will be in diapers forever

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  25. Victoria Ess — June 11, 2015 @ 11:46 am (#)

    Depends on the child but I’d say it’s typical to start trying a little before 2 and definitely by 2

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  26. lori b — June 11, 2015 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    anytime after maybe 1.5 yrs depending on child tho as well

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  27. Wendy — June 11, 2015 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    It all depends on the child

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  28. kathy downey — June 11, 2015 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    It all depends on the child my son was trained at 13 months and off the bottle at 9 months,my daughter was doing #2 in the potty but only using the potty sometimes for #1 at 18 months and was not completely trained till 2

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  29. Jerry — June 11, 2015 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    coolsite

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  30. Susan Patterson — June 11, 2015 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    As soon as your child feels confident, try potty training. Different children mature at different times and it depends on them. Thank you Both of my children were trained before 2.

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  31. angela m — June 11, 2015 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    I think 2 is a good age to start.

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  32. Nicky — June 11, 2015 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    starting around 18 months i think, but am open to sooner/later depending on child

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  33. cheryl hodgkins — June 11, 2015 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Usually a little one will let you know by saying they have to go to the washroom, taking off their diaper, asking for their potty. I have a great granddaughter who is just over 2 and it was she who told her parents she wanted the potty. Therefore, its difficult to pinpoint a certain age. Some kids potty train earlier than others.

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  34. Dianne Arsenault — June 11, 2015 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Around 24 months

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  35. Dayna Wilson — June 11, 2015 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    I’ve always said that I didn’t want to pressure my son before he was ready, but I’m starting to get frustrated. He’s 3 in a few weeks and starts preschool in the fall, at a place that requires him to be potty trained…and he’s still showing absolutely zero interest. I’ve tried everythign I can think of: bribery, encouragement, potty chart…nothing is working.

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  36. D Schmidt — June 11, 2015 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    For us it has always been around 3 with our sons

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  37. Marisa — June 11, 2015 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    I think 2.5 – 3 is good. But most importantly watch for signs that the little one is ready and interested.

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  38. sarah sar — June 11, 2015 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    Usually I would say around age 2 is good but you want to do it when the child is ready!

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  39. Elaine D — June 11, 2015 @ 10:11 pm (#)

    I think 2 years old would be a good age.

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  40. Amy C — June 11, 2015 @ 10:20 pm (#)

    Around 2 is a good age but it really depends on the kid.

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  41. Brenda — June 11, 2015 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    I’d say about 18 – 24 months.

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  42. Maegan Morin — June 11, 2015 @ 11:45 pm (#)

    I went with my gut not necessarily how old they were. I attempted to train my son when he was just 2 but he just wasnt ready. 6 months later though I just got this vibe that we should try again and we were ver successful. My daughter however trained herself at 18 months.

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  43. Elaine Buonsante — June 12, 2015 @ 12:05 am (#)

    My granddaughter just turned two and is showing signs of being ready for potty training. She sometimes uses the potty on her own and brings a full one to her mum.

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  44. Juliee Fitze — June 12, 2015 @ 3:43 am (#)

    Between 2 and 3 is the best time , they will do it on their time.

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  45. Andrea Amy — June 12, 2015 @ 9:32 am (#)

    I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to a good age to start potty training as its all dependent on the child. I have 5 boys, and 4 of them were late to train. My 2nd child trained himself before he was 2 years old. I’m still working on totally training my youngest son who is 5. He was very reluctant to train, but is doing fairly good using the toilet during the day (but I had to force the issue and get rid of the easy ups last week except for bedtime).

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  46. Jonnie — June 12, 2015 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    I think between 18-24 months is a good time to test the waters and see how the child responds

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  47. Gillian Morgan — June 12, 2015 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    I think two is a great age to start potty training. Sophie potty trained herself at age 16 months but had she not she would have been trained at 2.

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  48. Diana — June 12, 2015 @ 3:03 pm (#)

    I think as soon as possible, even around 7 months.

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  49. Kelley Moore — June 12, 2015 @ 4:08 pm (#)

    2 years old….

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  50. Elizabeth Matthiesen — June 12, 2015 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    It depends such a lot on the child and whether it’s a boy or a girl. Some can be around a year others three, it varies a lot and it is not dependant on the method used but on the child in my opinion.

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  51. Heidi c. — June 13, 2015 @ 3:45 am (#)

    I don’t think that there is a specific age at which one has to start. I would say instead that one should look for signs of readiness such as a dry diaper after nap.

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  52. Heather Howard — June 13, 2015 @ 5:30 am (#)

    I think once a child recognises when they are going oee/poo and that other people do it in the toilet. 2-3 years old us early enough.

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  53. Deanna — June 13, 2015 @ 8:32 am (#)

    It depends on when they can vocalize their needs and are independent enough to want to do things on their own. I would say start at age 2 but be patient.

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  54. Jenny — June 13, 2015 @ 8:49 am (#)

    around 3

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  55. Marlene J — June 13, 2015 @ 9:20 am (#)

    It all depends on the kid – though around 2 I would start trying if they havn’t asked.

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  56. Linda — June 13, 2015 @ 9:48 am (#)

    By 18 months

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  57. rachel cartucci — June 13, 2015 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    I really do not have the typical opinion because my son has autism and training ir pretty much just a lot of hoping and fingers crossed.

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  58. Monique L.S. — June 13, 2015 @ 6:31 pm (#)

    2 or 2 1/2 yrs

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  59. Soozle — June 14, 2015 @ 7:04 am (#)

    I think it really depends on the child and not a specific age!

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  60. tanyab79 — June 14, 2015 @ 10:24 am (#)

    I think they are usually ready around 3 or so.

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  61. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) — June 15, 2015 @ 10:37 am (#)

    It depends on the child. Two is a good age I think.

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  62. Lee-Ann S — June 15, 2015 @ 4:58 pm (#)

    We started when she was 2.

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  63. Jeannie — June 15, 2015 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    I think 2.5 years is a great age to potty train. If you start too early, you’ll get frustrated.

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  64. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) — June 16, 2015 @ 9:23 am (#)

    2 or 2 1/2. It depends on the child.

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  65. Stephanie LaPlante — June 16, 2015 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    I’d say approximately 2 give or take a couple months depending on if the baby is ready.

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  66. nancy stokell — June 19, 2015 @ 2:21 am (#)

    not before 18 months.

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  67. ron — June 20, 2015 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    About 2 1/2 years

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  68. LILLIAN BROWN — June 21, 2015 @ 2:53 pm (#)

    Every child is different, but I started at 23 months

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  69. valerie — June 22, 2015 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    whenever the bladder seems to have some control over what’s happening. To early and it’s very frustrating

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  70. Leah — June 23, 2015 @ 10:55 am (#)

    I hear between 2 and 2 1/2. My daughter is turning 2 next week and I’m getting nervous about starting!!

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  71. Angela Mitchell — June 23, 2015 @ 3:14 pm (#)

    I don’t think their is a specific age. I think it depends on the child. Some are ready before others.

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  72. SweetPanda — June 23, 2015 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    There’s no definite age that’s good to start with potty training since every kids are different. But I would think that 2 years old might be a good starting point

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  73. Winnie B — June 24, 2015 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    I am starting at 1 1/2 but it’s slow going

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  74. SueSueper — June 29, 2015 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    I would say anywhere between 2 and 3 years old.

    And have patience.

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  76. Janet M — June 30, 2015 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    From my experience between 2 and 2 and 1/2, but it really depends on the child and the parent!

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  77. Amber Y — July 1, 2015 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    I think 2 is a good age to start. they learn so fast and you never know when they’ll be ready. the sooner they get it the better and if it takes longer, well thats ok too!

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  78. anna key — July 2, 2015 @ 2:17 pm (#)

    I think its depends on the child, but around the age of 2 or so, maybe a bit younger

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  79. Stephanie Small — July 2, 2015 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    I would start around age 2 – unless I feel that they are ready sooner. My daughter is 6.5 months, so I have that to look forward to next year!

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  80. Julie Bolduc — July 6, 2015 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    I think 20 months is good

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  81. maria — July 6, 2015 @ 5:08 pm (#)

    Maybe at 2?

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  82. Carol Denny — July 7, 2015 @ 4:09 am (#)

    2 is a good age to start.

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  83. Elva Roberts — July 7, 2015 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    It does depend on the child but, generally speaking, my girls were started at about two years. The boys were easier to train at about three years. Summer time is a better time as well as we have warmer weather and fewer clothes to contend with.
    I have trained a two -year old boy for my sister, who had to put him in daycare. Although he was a very intelligent and an easy child to work with, It took much longer to toilet train him.

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  84. KellyPC — July 7, 2015 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    it depends on the child but def before they start school!

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  85. Brenda — July 9, 2015 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    I haven’t a clue! My daughter is 25 months. She doesn’t like diapers, but when I offer the potty instead she begs for her diapers. I’m going to keep trying, and will do the 3-day training before the summer is up. *fingers crossed!*

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  86. Krista M — July 10, 2015 @ 7:53 am (#)

    That all depends on how ready the child is. I would say introduce the potty around 1.5 with no expectations & take things slowly from there.

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