Sienna getting used to the potty....
1. Potty training is not easy for a child. First of all, they need lots of practice and determination to develop the fine motor skills. In addition, they need to change their mindset to be able to recognize their bodily needs and learn what they need to do and how quickly. Although some children seem to catch onto using the potty overnight, most kids take an average of 7 months to be completely trained.
2. The average age for a child to be completely done with diapers in the United States is 39 months for boys and 35 months for girls (that's almost 3 years if you are counting on your fingers!!)
3. Bed wetting is common, even in older children. 10% of kids are still wetting the bed at night by age 7. Nighttime dryness is achieved only when a child's physiology supports this--you can't rush it. Tackle daytime potty training before nighttime and naps.
4. Children need to show emotional/developmental signs of readiness before being successful with potty training. This includes being able to pull their pants up and down and showing some interest in using the potty (or wearing big kid pants). Also, if their diaper is often dry after a nap then their starting to show developmental signs of readiness.
5. Power struggles with your toddler will make potty training impossible! Punishments and consequences will make potty training a negative experience instead of a positive one. Set yourself up for success by having support and preparing for accidents.
6. Potty training takes an average of eight months but will vary from child to child. One child can take one month; another might take up to a year or more
7. Children respond to positive motivation during this process. Using motivational tools such as clapping/cheers, stickers or special underwear can be a great motivation for toddlers. Also, special books can make the process fun!
8. Make the potty accessible and easy. Many experts will say children should be naked during the first 3 days or week of potty training and all experts agree that pulling pants/underwear on or off can be a difficult challenge for a toddler in the beginning. Plan to stay home for the first few days. SUMMERTIME is the perfect time to tackle this venture. If your bathroom is close to where you and your toddler spend most of your time, think about buying a portable potty. The portable potty can also be helpful when traveling.
9. Potty Training does not have to be difficult. Just like teaching a child to walk, getting rid of the bottle, or learning to talk...potty training can be easy with a little patience and some preparation!
Well, I've spent over 10 hours gathering information about potty training. From what I have gathered, potty training is not as complex or difficult as we make it out to be! In fact, I don't think that buying a "how to" book for potty training is necessary! Authors and doctors all seem to agree that it is a natural process that parents have done for years and years and something that we will look back and laugh about when our child is older.
Buckle up, have a sense of humor, and enjoy the ride!
Chances are, your child will not look like this at 35..