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What You Need To Know About Toilet Training Your Toddler

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What You Need To Know About Toilet Training Your Toddler

I often think back to my baby shower. It was filled with people I loved and very few of them asked to rub my belly (which is probably why I loved them in the first place). I was so excited and geared up for the things I thought would be difficult: the long nights. The spit up. The windy entry to parenthood.

Like most things in life, you can only prepare so much. For a list-maker and type-A organizer such as myself, parenthood was a recognition that you can only plan moment-to-moment. On good days, you may be able to plan a whole morning. On bad days, you may only be able to plan a minute at a time.

Then you get into a rhythm. And even if that rhythm is only a few days old, you kind of like it. You can anticipate. You know when the tantrums might happen or when the hunger might happen or when the naps might happen.

You’ve. Got. This.

Except there is something known as toilet training. There hits a point in most of our lives when we have to wipe our own bums. It is a sad but honest truth. Even though this point seems logical to you, to many toddlers it is not a point worth discussing.

If you are looking at your pile of diapers and thinking “the end ought to be near” this article is for you. Here are some tips for toilet training your toddler (even if the words "train" and "toddler" are oxymoronic):

1) Timelines aren’t for everyone. While some styles claim that you can get the job done in three days, you may know that your toddler likes to take his or her time. Even if it worked for your friend and your sister, it doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying a slow and steady approach. Take into account what your toddler’s personality is, which should go above and beyond what any book has to say.
2) Being early might be more frustrating than it is worth. While some kids are ready at 18 months, the majority aren’t ready until between 2 and 4 years of age. (1) Some of the cues for readiness include an avid interest when you go to the bathroom, a dislike of wearing a soiled diaper and an understanding of simple instruction.
3) Pee usually comes first.

 

1.     Robock, Karen. 6 worst mistakes parents make when trying 3-day toilet training. Parents Magazine. https://www.todaysparent.com/toddler/potty-training/6-worst-mistakes-parents-make-when-trying-3-day-potty-training/Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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2.     Zulkley, Claire. How The Oh Crap Potty Training Method Works In Real Life. Mom.me. https://mom.me/baby/19291-oh-crap-potty-training/Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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