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Potty training my toddler was an adventure. As with most child-raising challenges, I initially began the process with, “Almost all kids learn how to go potty in the toilet. Potty training can’t be that hard.” I was wrong. I found myself completely unprepared for what to do and how to execute it.
First, I thought I’d just potty training on my own without doing any research. I slowly started asking my toddler if she wanted to use the toilet to go potty. This quickly escalated into bribery of chocolate and candy, and I knew it was time to do some reading. I didn’t want my poor child on a sugar high all day, thinking that snacks and pottying went hand-in-hand. Plus, keeping a chocolate stash in the bathroom kind of grossed me out.
There’s a myriad of tips and philosophies out there. You can get lost in research. And unless you want to be slammed with “should” and “have to” commands, don’t ask your Facebook friends for their wisdom.
In sifting through potty training tips, I simply suggest you imagine yourself in the scenarios these tips are suggesting. Can you see yourself singing and dancing to a potty dance every time your husband goes to the bathroom? Will you realistically be able to stay home with no outings for an entire three days? Do you feel comfortable living by an alarm going off in fifteen minute increments throughout the day? If you can find a method that resonates with you and seems doable, start there.
After having gone through it myself in the past year, the most important potty training tips I can offer are the following:
1. Be consistent. Once you settle on a strategy, stick with it for at least a week or two. If it’s really not working at that point, feel free to step back and reassess.
2. Be forgiving. You will both make mistakes. Know that there is potty training learning curve for both parent and child, and you’re not going to get everything right the first time.
3. Be flexible. One method doesn’t work for every kid. If something is just not working for you or your child, be okay with trying something else. It’s also okay to say, “Hey, this isn’t working for us right now. Let’s go back to diapers and try again in a month.” Nobody’s keeping score.
Best of luck to you, parents and toddlers!
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