Basics of Potty Training
Do you think your child is ready for a full toilet training?
Potty training is an exciting and challenging phase for both you and your toddler. You can cross out diapers off your grocery shopping list, no more power struggles when your toddler resists having his saggy diaper changed, and no more diaper changing in unsanitary public restrooms.
Truth be told, teaching kids to use the toilet is an arduous journey that needs perseverance, patience, and understanding. You may not need to purchase diapers anymore, but you will also have to stock on potty training essentials, like flushable wipes, soap, bathroom-only toys, and a toddler potty seat. And the easiness of the transition all depends on your child’s readiness and your toilet training techniques.
Problems to Expect When Potty Training Your Kid
Below, we have rounded up the most common potty training setbacks that first-time parents should expect during toilet training:
It can be gross and messy.
You will see things that you wish you didn’t see. You will be on a constant look out for suspicious smell or a leaky ceiling. That is why a lot of parents put potty training on hold. But one good potty training tip is to start as early as eighteen months because the older your child gets, the more stubborn he or she will be.
Potty training doesn’t always mean savings.
Yes, you can officially stop buying nappies from now on, but that doesn’t mean that you can already afford that expensive cup of latte. You will need to pick the best potty trainer you could find and a few more others to complete your potty training arsenal:
- Travel potty
- Potty seat cover for toilet
- Nighttime pull-ups
- Flushable wipes
- Foamy Soap
- Bathroom-only toys
It takes a bit of negotiation skills.
If you need that you’re finished with nagging, well, think again. This is the best time to harness your CIA-level negotiation skills. Your kid will show signs of potty training regression during the first few weeks of the training, so arm yourself with lots of patience and persuading techniques. Pull out a few toys and think of some mode of distraction to keep your toddler propped up on the potty trainer for as long as you can.
Potty training means more laundry.
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, your laundry basket will soon be filled pull-ups, blankets, towels, and underwear stained with bodily excretions.
It involves some ass wiping too.
Potty training is a messy process to say the least. And even if you tell your toddler that they can wipe themselves clean, you know that if they try, you are just going to get yourself in poop stain roulette.