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The Scoop on Potty-Training

It seems as if once a baby turns 2 years old, then it is assumed that it`s time to begin the dreaded POTTY-TRAINING.

First off, I`d like to know who made this a rule?!

It is a requirement for SO many daycares that the child needs to be 2 years old AND POTTY-TRAINED.

How unfair is that?!

As if parents/guardians don`t have enough to worry about, let`s just add on to this!!! One of the most stressful things for a parent!

One out of three of my children were potty-trained by age 2. And the one was my daughter. I`ve heard repeatedly that girls are are easier to train than boys. And, I didn`t even train her, she woke up one day and wanted to wear panties.

My boys on the other hand were/are, an ENTIRELY different story.

My youngest one is nearly two and a half, and showing no interest at all, and you know what? I`m not even a little bit stressed about it.

See, my first one was an AWFUL experience. It was so incredibly stressful and filled with countless amounts of tears.

I tried at 18 months to plant the idea in his head. I got him cool Cars underwear, and a super cool potty. I`d like to take this time to add that I was a very young 22 years old at this point, and figured why wouldn`t he want to potty-train with cool underwear and an even cooler potty?

WELLLLLLLLLLLLLL……

Boy was I wrong!

At 18 months old, he had NO interest whatsoever.

When I look back on it all now, I can see how much unnecessary stress and pressure that I put on myself.

Why is it that at 2 years old you need to make your baby grow up and be a toddler? If they aren`t ready, no amount of cool underwear is going to change that. They simply are not ready.

So, how do you know when they are ready to take this adventure?

Here some signs I noticed:

When they begin to notice their `parts`. This is a great opportunity to start the conversation of what their parts are for. Helping them begin to understand their bodys` may be enough to plant the seed in their mind.

Following you to the washroom. However, some babies do this from the beginning so it may not necessarily be a sign, but it is a good time to help your little make the association of what the washroom is for.

You begin to notice drier diapers. This could definitely be a sign that your little one is learning to control their bladder!

Verbally or physically signalling that they need to go. Take this as an opportunity to show your little what those words mean and take them to the washroom when they signal.

Potty-training is a big change for a little one and even for you. It can be awful and it can be smooth. Every day may be a brand new adventure.

This may be a simple thing you embark on, or filled with potholes and bumps.

Try to stay patient, and enjoy the adventure, as much as possible.

Do you have tricks for potty-training, or advice for a mom embarking on this?

Drop it below!

Love Always, N

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2 Comments

  • Joan

    So I’m with you where you can’t put an age on potty training. My boy was almost 2 when he was waking up dry so we put him on potty every time he woke up. He peed no prob. But he had (and still has) bowel issues. The poor kid was 4 before he pooped on the potty. We had to take him to specialists. It was awful. He is 8 now and deals quite well but training was terrible! So most important know your kid and their habits. Don’t push for sure. Thanks so much for your insight!

  • Laura

    I don’t have any kids so I haven’t experience toilet training. I do have friends who say the same. Not every child develops at the same rate. It should be a natural progression and not have to be forced. Thanks for sharing your point of view x

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