The 5 Biggest Myths About Potty Training
As the parent of a young child, you've been able to celebrate a lot of milestones. First smiles. First steps. First words.
But as the mother of six, I can tell you that one of the most satisfying milestones will definitely be the day you potty train your child!
Why? Well, the average child will go through 3,796 diapers before being potty trained. That's a LOT of diapers. And you probably changed most of those diapers yourself.
We all love our kids, but let's be honest here... Nobody really enjoys changing the poopy diaper of a 2-year-old!
Becoming diaper-free isn't just an exciting time for you, it's an exciting time for your child. Your child is going to love feeling all "grown up" in their "big boy" pants.
Unfortunately, there are myths (and bad methods) out there that will sabotage your child's chances of successful potty training. Listed below are the 5 Biggest Myths About Potty Training.
1. Boys are Harder to Train than Girls
This is one of the most common and oldest potty training myths. It doesn't matter if you are training a boy or a girl, the potty training experience and results should be the same. It's not any harder to potty train boys than it is girls. Many parents seem to complicate things with boys, however, boys should be potty trained the exact same way like girls.
2. My Child Will Tell Me When He's Ready
Um... No!! Waiting for your child to tell you when he's ready to train is a huge mistake and not the way to go. This just doesn't work for most kids.
One of the busiest times of the year for me as a mentor is in August. Why August? Because all those parents that thought that their child would just start asking to go to the bathroom one day, now have children about to start school and they never did start asking.
From my years of potty training and working as a mentor, toddlers are usually ready by the time they are 22 months of age. Many parents wait much later than that but there is no need. Save yourself money and stop buying diapers and just get potty training done with. :)
3. Making Your Child Sit on the Potty will Train Him
There are a lot of parents who believe that placing their child on the potty will help them learn how to use it on his own. However, this is nothing but a misconception. In fact, this practice of sitting on the toilet and "trying" usually causes fear of the potty altogether and things become a fight.
Even if your child doesn't fight it and even goes a time or two while they are sitting on the potty, this doesn't train them. The best way for a child to be trained is to teach them to learn their own body signs. Once they know their own body signs, they will know when they need to use the potty and it becomes something they want to do.
4. Daycare will Potty Train Your Child
If you think your daycare will potty train your child, you will be sadly disappointed. The truth is that many daycares turn away parents who haven't potty trained their children.
The few daycare's out there that say they will help with potty training, do so in a way that is easiest for them. This method usually consist of the child wear a pull-up but are taken to the toilet to "try" every couple of hours. This can be very confusing for your child and cause the potty training process to take much too long.
5. Pull-up Style Training Pants will Help with Training
Nope. Pull-up type training pants are basically diapers, with a little different design and a very clever marketing campaign. Diapers with a more expensive price tag!
Before disposable diaper were introduced in the 1960s, children were usually trained by 18 months. This goes to show children are capable of being potty trained at a much younger age than people think. Even in our day and time, parents in over fifty other countries seem to have no trouble figuring out how to potty train their children by 18 months and trust me, they aren't using Pull-up Style Training Pants.
Now-a-day's we train later and later, and many people believe kids still aren't ready to lose the diapers even after they've been introduced to the potty. It doesn't help that pull-ups are targeted toward parents to suggest that somehow kids will use them like "big kid" underwear and simply pull them down when they need to use the potty. Countless parents will tell you that most kids just comfortably continue to go to the bathroom in their pull-ups, just like they did in their diapers. And why not? It looks and feels just like a diaper!
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