Potty Training – The Year in Review
6/3/2008 | by Jennifer James, Jennifer Shu, Jan Faull and Bernie DorseyReadiness has been a common potty training theme throughout 2007. Kids will potty train when they are ready and no one can determine when that time will be except for the child. With the year coming to an end, the Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partners take time to reflect on some of their favorite potty training readiness stories and tips.
When I was in the throes of potty training my daughters I had this nagging fear that they would never "get it." I was in panic mode like a lot of parents. But, having gone through two who successfully learned to use the potty I have since gleaned a valuable lesson. Our children are intelligent, resilient, carefree and most of all are on their own personal time. As a parent, always be confident in your child''s ability to use the toilet training skills you teach them because invariably they will get it. They always do.
Many parents are very committed to teaching their child to use the potty, but potty training is one of the few things which a child can control. If your child shows resistance or lack of interest avoid the temptation to force him or her to go. It may make things worse. Instead, back off completely and wait a few weeks before trying the potty again. When you start back up again make potty time special by keeping a stash of books and toys for use only while on the toilet. Some children like to go to the bathroom in familiar places like the bedroom or den. Once he or she gets comfortable with using the potty again, move it back into the bathroom. Making potty time special to help ensure potty training successes!
While spending some time at the local park recently I ran into a dad who was there with his two year old son. After some quick discussion about the local football team, the conversation turned to how his son was taking so much longer to potty train than his daughter. He seemed a little impatient with the young lad and asked me when I felt the boy might be ready. I took the opportunity to remind him that there is really only one person who knows when he will be ready – his son. We talked briefly about the signs that he may be ready, that boys do usually learn a little slower than girls, what to watch for and how to promote the conversation with him. Whether we have one child or ten, it’s always hard not to compare them to each other, especially with potty training. His son will learn when he’s ready.
Grace’s mom began potty training her at two years, seven months. The first week in June, she put her in Pull-Ups® training pants and set her on her potty chair several times a day. While Grace was interested and willing to practice, she was unable to perform on the potty. After a week, Grace’s mom gave potty training a break. She kept her in Pull-Ups® training pants, but she held back any rigorous attempts at training. The first week in July, Mom stepped up the process again, to no avail. The first week in August she did the same. Again, Grace simply wasn’t ready to go on her little potty chair. Then lo and behold, the first week in September, Grace miraculously began performing on the potty. Grace’s potty training success, like most children, was dependant on her readiness to use the potty.