My son was 15 months old yesterday and I am wondering the same thing. He has been telling me for about two months now that he is going to do a poo. I will check his nappy and it is clean and then a few minutes later he will say "poo mummy" and when I check his nappy it is dirty. So he definately knows when he needs to go but I am just not sure if I should just put him on the toilet when he tells me he wants to go the first time. I don't want to scare him!
My babies are all grown up sad
syd, daughter april 03, son Nov 05
also we decorated the toilet with pictures of like bob the builder, blues clues, etc
just put aside a week to stay at home and put your daughter on the toilet every half hour or so. if she does a wee or poo in the toilet make a huge fuss about it, ring grandma or give her a special treat. we made a reward chart for caleb which worked well. anyway good luck
Kelly, NSW, Caleb born 3/10/00, Hannah born 21/8/0
A child can't toilet train prior to 18months of age. They don't have the physiological nervous pathways to the brain properly developed until then. Lots of parents claim to have their child 'trained' prior to this age. But it is the parents putting the child on the potty @ the 'right' time and not the child actually having the bladder tone telling the brain that they need to go now. I agree that familiarity with the toilet and potty will help to allay fears when ready to train.
Susan twinmum boy/girl Oct 2003
Good luck with what ever you decide.
Michelle,QLD, mum of six