I’ve shared my own tips for potty training (and how I royally screwed it up with my first child!), but I know it’s a frequent topic of conversation among the commenters. So let’s discuss: What ARE your best tips? What things did you try; what were your biggest challenges? Did anyone have an Especially Difficult Time — for example, I know one parent who was advised to give her child not one, not two, but THREE enemas because of encopresis. *shudder*
My Best Tips for Potty Training
To summarize my previous post, with my first child we did it ALL wrong — we started too late, we put him undies right away, we didn’t devote more than a few hours to it at a time. (The WORST advice I got during this time period was to get him underwear with his favorite character on it and then emphasize NOT to pee on the character. Poor, poor Thomas the Train… Let’s just say he had a few unexpected visits to the Water Works.)
With my second child, we started way earlier — in fact, he had a severe language delay, so when we started at around month 29, he barely had enough words. (Well, he had a LOT of words, but he was dropping syllables at the beginning and end of words, and sometimes using the wrong sound entirely to signify a specific word, so… yeah.) I was really worried that he wouldn’t be able to communicate his needs to us!
That said, we had an amazing time with the method laid out in the book Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki. Unlike my first son, once my second son got it, he GOT IT. (We used to joke that he was a VAULT… I can probably count on one hand the accidents he had.) And it turned out to be great for communication for parents and child.
(With both kids, peeing was a bit different than pooping — with my second, we’d put a diaper on him for naps and sleep, and without fail he would poop in it almost right away. Still, after a month or so (and a lot of encouragement, and perhaps the promise of a special candy or treat) he got the hang of pooping in the toilet, and BOOM! Just like that we were done with our diaper years with our kids.)
Readers, how about you? What things did you try and fail at for potty training? (If anyone has particular experience on this and would like to write an anonymous guest post on any of those trickier issues – constipation, encopresis, etc — we’d love to have you!)
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