Getting Potty Training Advice
4/16/2009 | by Dr. Jennifer Shu
Now that we’re living in the information era, parents are turning increasingly to the Internet for advice ranging from what to feed our children and how to choose a pediatrician. Also high on the list of parental concerns for toddlers and preschoolers is figuring out how to help a child potty train successfully. Here are some tips for navigating your way through the information superhighway to find credible and trustworthy advice.
Network the non-profit organizations. Check out national professional societies’ and other non-profit groups’ Web pages, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics at http://www.aap.org/ and the Nemours Foundation at http://www.kidshealth.org/, for patient or consumer information about potty training. These sites typically end in “.org” and can provide excellent advice if it’s a reputable organization.
Ask the experts. Web sites that provide potty training aids (like this one!) can be a treasure trove of information on getting started, reinforcing the process and keeping up the potty-training child’s good work. Keep coming back to Pull-Ups.com to check out the array of helpful potty training articles (a new one gets posted every month).While browsing Facebook, become a fan of Potty Training Time with Pull-Ups® to join in on the conversation with other potty training parents.
Pick another parent’s brain. Social networking sites allow for easy communication with other parents who have been there and done that when it comes to potty training. Keep in mind that these parents’ knowledge may be limited to what they know only from their own experiences – which may differ from your situation – so be sure to take information you receive through internet message boards, chats and email with a grain of salt.
Partner with your pediatrician. Your child’s pediatrician may be your biggest ally when it comes to helping your child potty train. If he or she doesn’t have a Web site with articles or the opportunity to communicate virtually, call the office with your questions or make an appointment.
Finally, stay true to your family. Potty training is not a one-size fits all process. Online information is best used to give you some ideas which you can tailor to your own child and family philosophy. As long as something isn’t harmful to your child’s health or well-being, it’s probably worth trying.