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The Secret to Successful Potty Training!

The Secret to Potty TrainingMy son has been in big-boy underwear full time for two weeks now, even at nap time! (But not nighttime yet.) And with no accidents. Oh, unless you count the time that he pulled down his pants and pooped in the yard because he was outside playing and didn’t want to come inside to use the bathroom.

Um, yeah. We had a nice conversation about how he is a person who needs to use the potty, not a dog who goes on the ground. Ahem.

Anyway, I am thrilled to be done with diapers for him! And really, it was a sudden, and totally easy, transition from diapers to underwear for him. If you don’t count the fact that we started potty training last summer.

Yes, you read that right, we started potty training him LAST summer. And now, even though I’ve only successfully potty trained two children at this point and am definitely no expert, I think I’ve finally figured out the secret to potty training, at least for my kids.

WAIT!

Just wait!

Like Ilana said, it seems like the moment your child turns two the only thing about your child that other people seem to care about is their elimination practices. Are you potty training? How’s the potty training going? Do they go in the potty yet? The questions are as annoying as they are frequent.

And so you feel like you should be potty training, and your child should be using the potty, and your child may even show some readiness signs which makes you think they are ready. But, if the potty training is not progressing easily, what I’ve learned is that they’re probably really not ready.

Both of my kids showed early readiness signs, they would both pee and poop on the potty without problem, from around the time they were two years old. But, neither of them potty trained early. They both got really close, and then completely regressed and we were back to diapers full time. It was super frustrating the first time around with my daughter, but then when it happened with my son it wasn’t such a big let down because I kind of expected it to happen.

And then, with both of them, once they decided they were really ready, and done with diapers, then it was the easiest transition. It was like all of the sudden they were trained overnight. With very, very few accidents. And that was that.

So that’s why I’ve figured out that the best way to make the transition from diapers to underwear is just to wait. Wait until your child is so ready that they basically train themselves.

Sure, you should introduce them to the potty, and show them how to use it. You should encourage them to use the potty often, and especially when they ask to. You should buy them underwear and let them wear them around the house so they get used to the feeling.

But I would say that other than that, you basically don’t need to potty train your child. They will learn to use the potty. Once they know how to use the potty they will. On their own time. And if you try to push it before that, you’re probably more likely to just be frustrated.

Now, like I said, I’m no expert. This is only what I’ve observed in potty training my own two children. Actually, I didn’t train them at all. They learned to use the potty themselves. But I think that’s the secret. I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Emily writes about green and natural living at Live Renewed.
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