“I pee,” is a phrase parents long to hear from their tiny tot as they embark on their journey from using diapers to using the pot. But for some first-time parents, potty training can be overwhelming and even stressful. How do I know if they are ready? Is there a right or wrong way to do this?
The truth is every child is different, but you know your child best. BabyCenter.com has a list of warning signs to help parents know if their child is ready to take the plunge; the plunge to the potty that is.
One of the most important factors to potty training is your child’s ability to physically know when he/she needs to go before they go and having the ability to tell you. This deals with the cognitive development of your child, and having realistic expectations of their abilities.
The article “Potty Training Readiness Checklist,“ suggests a child might be ready when they are coordinated enough to walk and run steadily, dislike the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper, and has words for urine and stool.
However, your toddler might do and say different things to let you know he/she is ready. Again, you know your child best.
It is important to remember that there is no “right” age to start potty training. According to MayoClinic.com, many toddlers start to show an interest in potty training around age 2. But if you start too early, it could take longer to potty train your toddler.
Also, patience plays a crucial role in successful potty training; it will ensure that your child does not feel overwhelmed with an impossible task.
For instance, this morning my daughter put her soggy, pee-filled diaper in my bed. Gross!
In my opinion, as a mother of two, simple tasks become harder when you lose your patience.
Instead of getting stressed or frustrated, the article “6 Potty Training Methods,” suggests switching your child’s diaper to disposable training pants. This allows the child to be more aware of the accident, so the parent can get their tot on the pot more quickly.
If you prefer a method that is proven to work, try the Potty Training in One Day method. It was made famous by Dr. Phil and has quick results. Although it requires planning and structure, the idea is for the parent to show the child how and why you go to the potty. Using a potty training doll, the parent will feed water to the doll, and then have it pee into the potty. After learning the process, the child will then make the doll use the potty themselves. By spending “One Day” practicing proper potty training behavior and staying consistent with accidents, your child will use the pot in about two weeks.
Potty training does not have to be stressful. Try different methods and pick the one that works the best. Just remember to stay calm if something does not work, and to know when to call it quits.