There are conflicting views on almost every aspect of parenting you can imagine, but if you really want to open the floodgates of insights and opinions, hardly anything compares to potty training.
There is almost no consensus from one expert to another on what age to begin, what method works best, or how to deal with accidents. Some parents have had success through early training, while others recommend allowing children to figure it out on their own.
Some say boys are typically ready for training earlier than girls, and some say the opposite. Some are fans of elimination communication while others feel that it can be harmful to the learning process. And so on, and so on.
Personally, I feel that the right time to start training your child is whenever they start showing an interest in learning. Signs to look for include…
If your little one is starting to show a few of these signs, I say go for it! They’ll let you know pretty quickly if they’re not up to the task, but if they are, here are a few great reasons to get started.
1. Spare the expense
As I’m sure we all know, diapers are expensive. Parents spend an average of $50 a week on diapers, which works out to $2400 a year, per child! Pull-ups are even more expensive and, really, are just a scam to keep kids in diapers longer, and to keep parents shelling out for them.
The sooner you can get your child potty trained, the sooner you can start putting that money into a well-deserved vacation fund.
2. Throw away that diaper bag
I can remember when my youngest child, Georgia, was potty trained and we finally got to throw away this navy blue diaper bag that we’d been carrying around for the past 4 years.
I called my husband in to the kitchen and we had a little celebration around the garbage can as we threw it away with glee and vigor.
Potty training is one of those glorious moments in parenting when you actually get to cross the finish line and celebrate a job well done, so make sure you take the opportunity to pat yourself on the back.
3. One less thing to do.
One of my parenting philosophies is to teach kids to do things on their own as fast as they can.
A great quote from “Confessions of a Slacker Mom” (one of my favorite books) says there shouldn’t be a competition to see whose kid can read first, it should be whose kid can make their own sandwich first.
Having 3 kids very close together, the idea of at least one of them becoming a little more independent thrilled me so much that potty training became my mission.
There’s some trial and error involved in potty training, make no mistake. You’re probably going to have some setbacks, and they’re going to be unpleasant to deal with.
I’ve actually dealt with a lot of clients who have postponed potty training for months because they were nervous about going through the process. (I’ve always found it subtly amusing that parents would be the ones who were scared of potty training.)
The truth is, you’ve got to do it sooner or later, so why wait? Try out my No-Sweat Potty Training Program and get started today! The sooner you get the process started, the sooner you can bid farewell to diapers and baby wipes, and you and your child can both celebrate your new-found independence.
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Certified Sleep Sense Consultant Tip:
“Why Hire A Sleep Consultant?
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