I am the biggest advocate of allowing children to develop and mature on their own timeline. I think the piece that is missing from the potty training coversation is that what we are really doing nowadays is undiapering — undoing the daiper training we have already done. The process of potty learning is really the process of removing the diaper from the equation so that your babe can get back in touch with his body.
You know who you are. What happens when you add potty training to this equation? When should I start thinking about potty training?
I have two sons aged 3 years and 18 months. I get dressed for work in front of them, I put on my pajamas at night in front of them. They are my audience when I pee and poo.
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Grab yours now! My kids are 5, 4, 3, 1 and 4 months. The oldest never has accidents.
We recently visited my almost 2-year old nephew on a trip to Florida. My nephew is a master at taking off his clothes and his diaper and my sister-in-law has been having problems with him doing this for months. Well, my 2-year-old son saw him do this once and now, more times than not, when I go in his room to get him in the morning or after a nap, he is totally naked and has peed in his crib.
Three quarters of parents potty train by teaching their child to sit down on the loo, a recent study found. Firstly, teaching a toddler that sitting down happens for pooing and standing up happens for weeing is confusing. Secondly, trying to teach a toddler to aim at a small target is pretty confusing. You end up with pee all over your bathroom floor which is unpleasant and avoidable.
I knew I was going to absolutely hate potty training long before my twins reached a reasonable potty-training age. Maybe it was because I had two of them to train at once, maybe it was because the idea of worrying about finding a bathroom at a moment's notice when we're out in public freaked me out, or maybe because having them in diapers was just so much easier albeit, you know, kind of ickybut I really had no desire at all to push potty training on my kids. Everything I'd read told me that you can't really force children to use the toilet before they're ready physically and emotionally anyway, so I kept putting it off and putting it off, waiting for those tell-tale readiness signs every parenting magazine in every doctor's office everywhere always talks about.