Potty training a human has proven time and again to be more difficult than training the most unruly puppy. I’ve found that while a lot of parents don’t have any trouble with this developmental step, some parents struggle alongside their child during this point in their life. It’s one of the most frustrating steps to overcome for some, which is why I put together this guide (and one of the reasons I decided to start a blog in the first place).
I’m here to give you a crash course on everything from training pants to bedwetting and how to deal with this issue as your child grows older. Believe me, I have some serious experience.
- Start girls earlier than boys
When it comes to maturity, girls mature faster than boys in almost all aspects of.life. While boys are still constantly on the move as toddlers, you girls (while similarly as active) will be more likely to take the time to use the bathroom. It may take longer for your son to figure out that he needs to take breaks from play time to use the bathroom. With that being said, all children are ready to start at certain ages. Once you think your child can handle this responsibility start the training. Children as young as 18 months can start but don’t feel disappointed if your child isn’t amongst the early bloomers.
- Demonstrate and get the right equipment
“Monkey see, monkey do” totally applies to this situation. You, your spouse, and possibly your child’s favorite stuffed animal are going to be the key to getting your child up on that training seat. Speaking of which, you need to make sure you get a training seat or a training potty (make sure you get a guard if you have a son).
- Be patient, accidents happen
Your child is going to take a little while to adapt. I’m sure you’ve heard stories about rock star kids who immediately figured out how to use the toilet… either they’re completely full of shit or they have a one in a million on their hands.
Even after your child passes the threshold into fully-potty-trained, there will still be accidents. The best way to deter this is to make sure that they take part in the cleanup (whether that be of themselves or their bed). If the bedwetting continues you may need to see a doctor, but seldom is it anything serious.