There are tons of sites and articles out there on potty training. For a new parent, potty training can seem exhausting. And it is. But in truth, there are much more difficult things ahead. So take these tips from a mom who’s been there . . .twice, and relax! You can do it.
Myth or Truth? Your child will let you know when he’s ready to start using the potty.
Truth. As a parent, you have to introduce the little singing potty at an early age, or your child will never know he’s supposed to use it. And making it fun and interesting encourages your child to enjoy the experience. But don’t be distressed when it doesn’t take at first. Toddlers have extremely short attention spans, so while the game is fun at first, and your 18 month old pleasantly surprises you by tinkling on the potty one day, be prepared to wait a while for daily visits to the potty. Typical potty training age is between the ages of 2 and 4, although I’d personally extend that range to age 5. When the little one gains enough awareness to notice that she’s not doing the same thing as the grownups and siblings around her, she’ll do what she’s made to do . . .mimic you. But the actual connection between needing to go and asking to go potty when she does takes a bit longer, and like everything else, it takes practice. When you notice she’s upset because she didn’t make it in time, it’s time to start keeping track of when she needs to go.
Myth or Truth? You should put your little one in underwear as soon as he starts using the potty.
Myth. It is, of course, up to the parent, but the child will continue to have accidents for a long time, so adding underwear too early into the training simply causes embarrassment for the child when she’s at day care or busy playing and doesn’t make it to the potty, and more laundry for you when you have to change her outfit several times a day, and change the sheets every night. There are a variety of options out there today in training pants which will both keep the child dry and save you both some heartache. Plus, the biggest incentive for your child to want to learn to use the potty correctly is that looming goal at the end – big kid underwear. Trinkets and prizes and charts and stickers are good incentives, but you need that one big goal at the end to keep the child motivated. What most sources fail to tell you is that while most of potty training is about awareness, it’s also a physical process in the body’s development. Their bladders are growing and debeloping a very basic instinct in interpreting it’s needs. But it’s not until the bladder has grown and developed enough that your average potty training experience will end. This is why I suggest a good healthy diet and some supplemental vitamins during this time.
Myth or Truth? Potty training and bedwetting are basically the same thing.
Myth, although it does run together during the first school age years. While some experts say potty training turns to bedwetting at age 5, it rather depends on the physical and intellectual development of the child at the time. Some potty training children may be fully daytime trained, but still need nighttime guidance for a year or more. Children who are around other children at that time may potty train faster than an only child in a family in the first place, due to the influence siblings have on each other. I would hesitate to turn to “bedwetting” techniques for a while until and unless you are sure the child is old enough and big enough to make it through the night. Bedwetters may be deep sleepers, and the problem may last until almost teenage years. But if it doesn’t seem to upset your child if she’s wet or not when she wakes, she may just not be fully ready to accept the responsibility, and more training and encouragement is needed.
Myth or Truth? Your child can be potty trained in 3 days!
Really? I mean, come on . . .myth. Knowing you’re supposed to use the potty and actually having the technique down are two completely different things. They’re growing . . .let them grow.