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What percentage of children are potty trained by 18-months old?

A few weeks ago one of my best friends told me that their daughter was potty/toilet-trained by 18-months old. I was surprised. I didn’t know that kids could actually be toilet trained that young. Haddie, our 18-month old, is super awesome and is showing interest in toilets, but I couldn’t imagine her being toilet trained by this age.

Cool fact: 10% of 18-month olds are toilet trained. Who knew?

But, wait, there’s more!!!! And, this one will really be mind blowing. What percentage of 18-month old children were potty trained in the 1950s?? Ready for it?? 95% of 18-month olds were toilet trained in 1950. Holy poop.

If you want to read all about the evolution of potty training, here over to Priceonomics, and read this article: “The Evolution of Potty Training”.

Here’s a little excerpt:

“Whereas 95% of children in the 1950s were potty trained by 18 months, only 10% are today. While this can be attributed to many factors (like the aforementioned philosophical changes), there seems to be a correlation between the increase of disposable diapers and the decrease of children potty trained at younger ages.:

There is no doubt that the technological improvements in diapers has played a key role in the way and the timing that we toilet train. But, what about the current changes in technology? Is the iPotty going to be something that you’ll use??

The iPotty won the TOADY Award in 2013 – Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young children

Here’s my favourite review of the iPotty on Amazon:

“I was worried when I was about to have my baby that one day I was going to have to do all sorts of things like feed him, talk to him, teach him how to use the potty. well thanks to Mc Donalds – I was able to blend his happy meal into a pulp and saved myself from having to actually nurse my baby. then along came the ipad allowing me to not have to interract with him, but he continued to poop & pee all over himself. what was I to do? thanks to this amazing product I can stick my little angel on the iPotty, set his favorite mind numbing cartoon to repeat and not miss a single status update on facebook!”

This was a good one as well:

I initially purchased this product for my 87 week old son. He didn’t take to using it right away (which I didn’t understand because he’s been going to sleep watching his IPAD 4 since he was like 3 weeks old and he craps all the time while sleeping). Now I can hardly get him off his potty, he just sits there playing games, checking emails, Netflix whatever….. I don’t really check, it keeps him quite that’s all that matters.

I don’t know what toilet training method we are going to use, but Haddie is showing interest in toilets now. So, maybe we will be closer to the 18-months than the 3 years? Who knows.

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