The truth about potty training

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Before potty training my son I was overwhelmed with the potty training horror stories. I would hear snide comments like “boys are the worse to train” and “thank God I have a girl”. Needless to say, I would have preferred to teach him to drive rather than use the toilet. But as we all know diapers are expensive and no one really likes wiping their kiddos bum. Still, I rolled up my sleeves to get the job done. My son will be there in September and he has been fully trained since February (boom!). During the potty training process I learned so much that I decided to share here on the platform. I hope these few things are helpful!

  1. There is no one size fits all for potty training. What works for one child may not work for another and what seems a little wacky may just work. Some moms make a potty training treat jar and everytime their child pees or poops they get to get something special. Some moms put Cheerios is the toilet and tell their kids to aim and shoot. Sometimes incentives don’t work. Learn your child to give you a greater chance at success.
  2. Training them before they are ready is a waste of time and unnecessary stress. If you child isn’t speaking in full sentences, able to pull their pants up/down alone, and can last at least 1.5 hours without peeing…Forget it.
  3. There will be plenty mistakes. Need I say more?
  4. Potty training can be exciting. Celebrate the little milestones to let your little one know that you think they’re amazing no matter what.
  5. Lastly, boys rock. And they can be trained just as easily as girls with time and patience.

Until next time!

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