Friday, March 22, 2013

Potty Training Struggles

Every parent wonders when is the right time to start potty training. Unfortunately, there isn't one answer that fits all, but many factors to be considered.

Are your child(ren) old enough to express their needs? They need to be able to communicate with you and you with them. Some experts say to wait until children show signs that they are ready, such as; children do not want to wear a diaper, or do not like to be wet. Here is where you, a parent, have to make a decision. Do you want to wait until your child develops a habit of going into the diaper or do you want to start before that? There is no wrong answer here. You have to do what works best for your family.

It might take longer to train younger kids, because it takes them longer to learn how to listen to their bodies and react on it. It should be easier with older kids, however, they are in the habit of going into the diaper and it is hard to break habits. At whatever age you decide to introduce potty, do it gently and carefully. Do not rush your child. Let them guide you and dictate the pace.

It is very important that parents are ready. Before you start potty training do your research. Read books, articles, talk to your friends. Find out as much as you can. You must feel ready and know what to expect. Make sure you do not have any major changes happening in your life, such as another baby being born, moving, changing jobs, etc. If you are already stressed, it might not be a good idea to start potty training. I have laid out a few helpful tips below:

- Wait until it is warm outside: You do not want to be confined to the house while potty training. It is much easier to deal with child's accidents in the park when it is warm outside, and you are not dealing with layers of clothes. All you need to do is change the soiled undies/pants and you can keep going with your day.

- Set expectations: Remember when your child was an infant and just learned how to breastfeed or bottle feed. The next step was to learn how to eat finger foods. Then they learned how to use spoon and fork. It is the same process with potty training. Always remember that it takes time, guidance and patience.

Listen and watch your child. Let them do it at their own time and pace.

- Be consistent: If you decide to take the diaper off, it must stay off, no matter what (excluding night/nap time) You have to send a clear message to them, that they do their business only on the potty. If you do put them back in the diaper or pull-up it will only prolong potty training process (There is one exception to this. If your child goes to daycare, they might not be willing to help you potty train and will put your child in a pull-up. If that's the case then just go with the flow. You cannot change daycare's rules, so do not stress about it).

I have seen many parents getting frustrated, angry or disappointed that child had an accident. You must stay positive! Kids watch our expression, listen to tone, and learn from us. If you lose your temper, your child will lose their interest in potty training. The parent is in control on what kind of experience potty training will be.

Look at potty training as another milestone, not something that must be accomplished by certain date. Enjoy watching your children as they make progress and focus on positive reinforcement.

Potty training is a learning process for both a child and a parent and before you begin it is important to have a basis of understanding about potty training. Book "Mommy, are you ready for potty training?!" will answer the most common questions and then provide simple, painless steps to teach your child to use the potty. Since not many parents have time to read long books - this book is short, nonsense free and based upon real experience! More about the book here
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