Mastering potty training is an important milestone in a child’s development so why does it strike fear, and even dread, in many parents?
The simple answer – every child and every family are different.
Advice is abundant but what works for someone else may not work for you.
Potty training is a process. Don’t put a deadline in place and don’t worry if you must keep trying. A common issue with potty training is the power struggle that develops between parents and the child. Keep in mind this is happening at a time when children naturally are trying to become more independent and take control of their own world.
Don’t be swayed by age. We know that a key factor in success is the readiness of the child. This will be different for every child, even siblings. Thirty months is the average age for successful potty training. Girls will typically complete toilet training sooner than boys, and potty training the first child usually takes longer. (Maybe because we discover along the way that it will eventually stick!)
Throughout potty training, I encourage families to talk about it in a way that children understand. Books and stories are the perfect tool. No pressure, just sit down and read.
Here are some titles to consider for younger children, ages 1 to 3:
Titles to consider for older children, ages 2 to 4:
· How to Potty Train Your Monster, Kelly Dipucchio
· The Princess and the Potty, Wendy Lewison
· Too Big for Diapers, John Barrett
· It Hurts When I Poop! A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty, Howard Bennett
Even though you may be dreading this process, don’t let it show. Be positive, be patient and talk it up. And, on the frustrating days, remember – it will happen and diapers will be a distant memory before you know it.
Dr. Katie Anglim of Children’s Physicians wrote this guest blog for momaha. She will help you master the fine art of potty training with practical advice and personal experience to understand and overcome obstacles along the way.
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