Are You Ready To Start Potty Training Your Toddler?
I believe there isn’t a real time frame to start potty training your toddler. I learned that the hard way with my oldest. He was the worst to potty train. To this day, that was the hardest part of being a parent… so far. I started around age 2 1/2 and I think I started too early because he obviously wasn’t ready. Some people try at the age of 1 and some try at the age of 3. It all depends if your child is ready for this next stage in development. Try not to put pressure on when they need to finish. That’s the worst thing you could do.
How To Tell If Your Toddler Is Ready To Potty
You will be able to tell when your toddler is ready to be potty trained. They’ll take an interest in what happens when you go to the bathroom and you’d think they’d be experts by how much time they spend in the bathroom with you, which is 90% of the time. Why would anyone want to spend time with someone in the bathroom? I don’t get it. They’ll be in your private space, but when it’s time to cuddle oh no, forget it. They’ll also want you to be in the bathroom when they’re going too. You gotta draw the line somewhere.
Once your toddler starts talking, they’ll put two and two together and understand what you’re doing. They might even say pee and poop to let you know what you’re doing in case you didn’t. They might even go as far as telling you pee pee and poo poo while pointing at themselves. It could either be because they need to go or they already went. Atleast that’s a start.
How Long Does It Take To Potty Train?
I’m sure you’ve heard of some kids being potty trained in 3 days. I tried that and it backfired. I think I drank a lot those few days. When I started my oldest at 2 1/2 and wasn’t fully trained (no accidents during the day) until around 3 1/2. It can take that long or even longer. It’s a long process to get them to understand when their body is telling them they need to go, that they should actually go.
I know a few friends that have girls say they did it fast. Most friends with boys said it took longer. I think it may be because boys don’t mind being dirty and wet. Mine especially would sit in a dirty diaper all day if I would let him. For some odd reason he didn’t mind and wouldn’t say anything. I would have to check him every so often to see if he went or not. When you’re trying to potty train that is the most frustrating thing. You know you need to go. Then go! I couldn’t understand why he was having so many accidents.
That’s when I realized this was going to be tough and it was going to take a while. I haven’t even started night training because I know he’s not ready and I’m dreading it. I haven’t started my youngest at all because I want to make sure he’s ready and I’m up for the challenge. He might be ready, but I don’t want to take any chances.
Best Way To Potty Train Toddlers
When I started my potty training journey, I didn’t know if my son was ready or not, but I was. I mean come on, you’re 2 1/2, you should be done already right? I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also didn’t think it was going to be this hard. One word of advice is patience, patience!! That was especially hard for me as I am the type that when I want something done, I want it done right away. This has taught me to be more patient than ever. It also made me a better mom because it made me realize I need to be patient with every stage and know that I can’t control everything and that’s a hard thing to let go of.
I tried having him home for 3 days naked, setting a timer for every 15 min and make him sit on the potty. That didn’t work for me, but it might for you. I would have him read and nothing would happen. I even tried to bribe him with chocolate. Not interested. As soon as he would get up he’d go in the other room and pee on the floor. Seriously?! The potty is right there! This happened for 2 day’s straight. I was determined to have him trained. The joke was on me. He wasn’t going to do it and I had to realize that, so I gave up.
About 3 weeks later he all of a sudden sat on the potty and went. I couldn’t believe it and I felt such relief. Yes, he had accidents and it was a work in progress. We got frustrated with each other at times, but the day goes on. No matter how you choose to potty train make sure you’re patient and have a bottle of wine ready for the end of the day. Here are a few books I recommend that have helped my toddler about using the potty. Click on them to check them out.
Odd Things Toddlers Do When Potty Training
Toddlers do the oddest things when they’re potty training. For instance, mine decided to go anywhere outside. Both pee and poop. He would poop on our back patio like it was nothing and I’m sure watching the dog was no help. He would just go. I would always yell at him that the toilet was right there. At one point he even rolled one of his toys in it. It is still up for debate whether it was intentional or not. Maybe it’s just boys, I don’t know.
Another funny story (he’s going to hate me) is that one morning he came in my bedroom telling me he had pooped in the kitty litter. I shrugged it off and said ya OK. Later that day I realized he wasn’t joking. What in the hell!? Oh the joy of having boys. I’m sure yours will have their “special” spot to relieve themselves too. Goes to show you kids are unpredictable. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You can’t make this stuff up.
Which Potty Training Seat Should I Get?
Now that you’re getting ready to take on the challenge, you need to invest in a potty seat. They’re many potty seats out there. Types that go on the toilet that are soft and have characters on them. Ones that are similar to urinals and ones that sit on the floor. Here are some types I have tried. Click on the pictures to check them out yourself and see which one(s) would be best for your toddler and your journey. Please leave any questions or comments below . Good luck!