Potty training is one of the hardest things you’ll face with your toddler. You’ll probably hear moms brag that their kids just seemed to potty train themselves, but that rarely happens.
There is a ton of potty training information (including some great potty training books) out there, yet parents are constantly making the same potty training mistakes. When it comes to potty training, there are actually a lot of things you can do wrong; things that would cause fears or making it harder to potty train in the future.
Here are the five most common potty training mistakes.
1. Allowing diapers to be worn occasionally
This is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Once potty training starts, the diapers need to come off for good. You need to send a message to your child that the time for diapers is over and the only way to go is to use the potty. Yes, this means you’ll be inconvenienced by a wet or dirty set of underpants from time to time. This is all part of the process.
2. Training before your child is ready
Like many life changes, potty training only works when your child is ready. All children are different. Some potty train very early, others aren’t comfortable until later. You’ll have to gauge if your child can handle it. 15 months old is considered too early. Most kids are ready to start by 22 months. You’ll find that a younger sibling is ready earlier than his older sibling because he watched big brother/sister go through the process.
3. Giving up too early
Potty training can be a frustrating process. After a couple of days of messy floors, accidents, and even constipation, you might want to give up. Some kids take a few days to even understand the idea. Even then, they won’t be perfect right away. Give it at least a week. If you haven’t seen any progress after seven days, consider that your child may not be ready yet.
4. Going out too often during the training period
You are going to have accidents in the beginning. There’s no way to avoid them. You’ll want to stay home during this period so you don’t have an embarrassing moments out of the house. Plus, your child will be more comfortable on their own potty. Try to start potty training over a long weekend or other time when you don’t have to leave the house. Avoid busy holidays or days where you have errands to run.
5. Not asking for help
If you find yourself frustrated by failure over and over, you might have to change your potty training method. Some kids are just defiant and don’t want to use the potty. Traditional potty training tips might not work, you may have to dig deeper and ask other parents what worked for them.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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