Potty Training Tips
In 2011 best selling book and movie, The Help, Abilene attempts to show Mae how to use the potty. Mae Mobley wants to see Abilene go first, and Mae Mobley shakes her head and says “You go” to Abilene.
With the New Year here, so comes our New Years resolutions!
Most people have things like:
- spend more time with family
- lose weight
- quit smoking
- enjoy life – work less
- get out of debt
But for mother’s of toddler boys and girls, these goals will probably include potty training! Here are some great tips to getting your toddler potty trained this year.
Typically when potty training begins, it can take a lot of time and most parents cannot spend every minute in the bathroom. Whether you have one child or multiple children, spending every second of the day in the bathroom is not possible.
Sign language can be used with younger children, especially when as a parent we are eager to get our children out of the diapers and potty trained. Sign language to teach potty training and other skills was created over 20 years ago to use with babies.
You may have heard that potty training boys is so much more difficult that potty training girls. This is not necessarily true and the biggest difference is that boys stand to pee and sit to poop. Which means teaching one and than the other later on.
Baby or infant potty training can be very effective and many parents have their baby potty trained before they are a year old. This can be a great advantage to many parents that need to go back to work after having a child, since it will cut back on the day care expense and the expense of buying diapers and baby wipes all the time.
If you have twins that are opposite sexes, you can still start the potty training and have them potty trained around the same time. Potty training twins is very similar to potty training individual children, the only difference being that you may be spending a little more time in the bathroom with twins, since you will be taking each of them there.
Depending on the age of your child when you are potty training them, they may go through a period of potty training resistance. This is not that uncommon to have happen with a child. This can be especially true when a child is two when they are potty training and going through the terrible twos as well. At this age, they are more likely to exert control over their environment by not wanting to learn new things or refusing to learn to do things differently. Again, this is normal to have happen in many children, because learning something new can be very scary for them and saying no is their only way of having any control over what is happening to them.
When children are potty training, they may not be able to wipe themselves. This is normal, since they cannot necessarily reach and they do not have the motor skills yet to be able to wipe themselves. You will need to check your child, as well as possibly continue to help them wipe too up until they are 5 to 6 years of age.
Some children have no interest in potty training. Many children will choose to hold their pee or poo, never say anything when they have to go or have gone and completely resist using the potty chair. This is not an uncommon problem for many parents to face. However, you do not want to continue to buy diapers forever and have the potty chair you bought continue to go on unused.