I have a toddler and a new baby. I was hoping to start potty training my toddler. Is this a bad time?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: While it’s tempting to try to potty train an older child so you don’t have to change two kids’ diapers, it’s probably not a good time. It depends on the child, of course, but generally it’s best not to try to potty train an older child within six to nine months of the birth of your baby. Otherwise, the child will often regress.
My son was two when his sister was born, and I didn’t even try to potty train him at that time. Some kids might be ready, but others aren’t. I believe children are not going to potty train until they’re ready, and they’ll let you know when they’re ready.
—Silvana Ribaudo, MD, a mom of two and an assistant clinical professor at the Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and at ColumbiaDoctors Eastside, both in New York City