Transitioning your toddler out of diapers is no easy task. But knowing when to start the process is critical to success. If you start too early, you’re only going to frustrate your child, and drag out the process.
Recently, my 2-year-old has started the very disgusting habit of taking off his messy diapers. This is all fine and good if I’m in the same room, but it’s horrible when I notice he’s naked 10 minutes later, and then have to clean up the mess. This behavior has clued me in that he is quite ready to start potty training.
While many developmental milestones are clear cut, the ability to go diaper-free is not one of them. There is no magic age at which a child is ready to potty train. Some children are ready as early as 15 months, while others won’t master it until after they turn 3.
Plenty of research has been done to determine whether your child is ready to ditch the diapers. But ultimately, only moms know if the child is ready.
This time, I researched websites and products to try to make this process fun and easier. I found Huggies and the Pull-Ups program, which has a great website and even a free DVD. It’s full of tips, tricks, and of course, the Potty Dance video. My son has been doing the potty dance for weeks, but I’m just now brave enough to start employing the tactics to get this kid diaper-free.
I think the most important piece of advice I have ever received about potty training was to make sure that you wait until your child is really ready. And to wait until you are ready, too! Let’s face it, diapers are convenient. Once you start potty training, you start memorizing where every bathroom is. Then you start remembering which ones are clean.
The toilet training process requires parents to be consistent. You can’t decide to be hard core potty training one day, and laid back about it the next. You have to make the decision to do this, and go for it.
And while I’m looking forward to kissing my diaper bag good bye, the process of getting there is daunting.
Despite having been through the potty training process before, I feel like a novice again. My toddler is such a free-spirited, head-strong child, so different from my older boy. I think the biggest thing I have in my advantage this time around is that little brother wants to be just like big brother.
I am following some other good advice this time as well—get your plan together before you begin. Know how you’re going to tackle this milestone. How will you use as rewards, how will you handle your first few outings and what happens when your child has an accident? It’s also important that everyone is on the same page. Everyone who is responsible for caring for your child should follow the same procedures.
So, our journey begins. Soon, I’ll update you on how successful we were, as well as tips and strategies to help your toddler ease through this transition. And feel free to share your potty training stories, I could sure use the advice!
Any advice you’d like to share with me and other potty training mom’s? What do you think is the most important thing to being successful? Tell us in the comments.