It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And many parents may look at the winter holidays as a wonderful time to start potty training since a lot of us tend to have some extended time off from work or school. Before you make the leap to go diaper-free this month, there are some important factors to consider.
1. Your child feels the same stress you feel from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Look, I LOVE the holidays, but let’s face it, they can make us all a lot more busy than usual. Parties, traveling, shopping trips, and other festivities throw us off of our regular day-to-day routine. It’s never a good idea to introduce a big change like potty training when there are other disruptions in your child’s life – no matter how fun they may be.
2. We all tend to indulge at this time of year.
It’s one of the best parts of the holiday! All the cookies, cakes, chocolate, and other treats are most likely not something your little one is exposed to all throughout the year which can lead to digestive issues such as upset tummies or even constipation. Potty training already increases the risk of constipation, so you may not want to hit them with that double whammy.
3. Holidays usually bring guests, and with guests may come unwanted judgement.
It is super important to surround yourself with a positive support system during potty training. If you have a family member who has the potential of being anything but supportive, either leave them off the invite list, or just wait until they’ve come and gone before you even bring up the topic.
4. Santa Claus is coming to town!
Since your kiddos are already going to be spoiled with gifts and treats, it will be more difficult to motivate them with rewards during the potty training process. If they know they’ll be getting a stocking full of goodies on Christmas, they could potentially choose to wait until then to be rewarded as opposed to leaving their comfort zone and using the potty.
5. Savor this moment!
Your child only gets the 2019 holiday season ONE TIME. Enjoy it with them!
In summary, leave the Potty Train at the station until the holiday festivities have passed. Look at your 2020 calendar and choose a time that is as “normal” as possible and plan to start your training then. Don’t forget to read my books or reach out to me for additional support!
Happy holidays everyone!!