The Stress of Having to Potty Train Your Child for Preschool
When we were potty training, we told the kids that "pee and poop go in the potty." This backfired on us when we discovered that our little guy was taking us literally and "helpfully" flushing his infant brother's dirty diapers down the toilet.
Potty training is best approached with a healthy dose of patience, humor, and a reliable plumber's number at the ready. However, with preschool starting up around the country, many parents are stressed about trying to make a potty training deadline. If you missed National Potty Training Month in June (what, you didn't know that was a thing?), you may be scrambling right now.
My first went to a preschool that required her to be potty-ready in September but my son's school was pull-ups friendly. I really appreciated the extra time.
In the United States, attitudes about potty training have shifted dramatically. In 1957 most parents began training before age one and 97% of children were daytime dry by two. These days, most parents now wait until at least two to begin and a slim majority of children are daytime dry by age three. Even then, doctors and experts often reassure parents that many children are not yet ready by age three, with some even warning that the pressure to potty train before signs of readiness can cause harm.
Meanwhile, parents who practice Elimination Communication keep their children diaper-free almost from the beginning. In many Asian countries, parents also have toddlers walk around with bare bottoms to encourage early toilet usage.
From two complete potty trainings and another one just beginning, I've learned that all kids are different. I also believe that if you start earlier, it generally takes longer. If you wait, it generally goes more quickly. Most importantly, I've decided that judgmental comments on the Internet aside, both approaches are fine. Your normally developing child will learn to use the potty, no matter what you do.
If time is not an issue, pick-up a copy of Elizabeth Pantley's “The No Cry Potty Training Solution” and relax.
Of course, all this is moot if you've got a hefty preschool deposit at stake and no other childcare alternatives lined up. In that case, rush order Terri Crane's "Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day" and throw the best potty party ever.
Either way, add a Corolle Emma doll to your cart. An anatomically correct potty doll may very well help your toddler figure out the bathroom...at the very least it will help stressed parents get a good laugh.