What Age Can I Start Toilet Training My Kid?

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Previous generations of American kids were usually out of diapers by 18 months, but these days it’s perfectly normal for kids to wear diapers well into their second or even third year. On its face, this seems ridiculous – who in their right mind prolongs the need for wiping poop-covered body parts? But there are arguments for and againsttoilet training at every age, from as early as 3 months (seriously) to later than 24 months. Eighteen months seems to be about the average, but there are a few things you can do to get a head start. This is the most entertaining for both of you: Kids are natural mimics, so bring them into the can with you and give them a play-by-play of what’s happening. For the first time in your life, it will be a good idea to give your bowel movement a catchphrase – “Yahtzee!”

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