There is a great deal of incorrect information out there about potty training. In my experience working with over 2,000 families to help them successfully potty train their kiddos, I’ve learned a great deal of what to do and what NOT to do!
All children are different, and different techniques will work better on different kiddos. However, there are several myths about potty training that I have learned are completely untrue across the board for ALL kiddos!
Today I’m going to share a few potty training myths with you that I’ve learned DON’T work to successfully potty train your child.
MYTH #1: Your child will initiate interest in potty training all on their own.
Truth: There are definitely signs that children exhibit as they approach the developmental stage of potty training readiness. However, you can’t expect your child to come to you and say, “I want to start going potty on the toilet!” or “I don’t want to wear diapers anymore!”. In fact, this almost NEVER happens! When you notice their readiness signals, you can initiate potty training for them and introduce the process in a fun and positive way!
MYTH #2: Boys are harder to train than girls.
Truth: This is absolutely false! There are boys that are hard to potty train and girls that are just as difficult to potty train! Gender makes no difference whatsoever – you can even use all the same techniques for both! Different things will work for different children and that’s okay! Gender has absolutely nothing to do with specific potty training techniques.
MYTH #3: Pull-Ups help with potty training.
Truth: Pull-Ups are marked as a potty training tool but the reality is, they are no different than diapers (Yup, I said it!) aside from the fact that you pull them up instead of fastening them to the sides of your child. The absorbent technology is just too good! Kids don’t get the opportunity to feel wet and therefore no actual learning takes place. Save your money and go right from diapers to underwear!
MYTH #4: My child is afraid of the toilet so that must mean they aren’t ready to potty train.
Truth: Children often thrive on consistency and knowing what is coming next. When children seem to be afraid and fearful of the toilet, releasing their bladder, pooping, etc. it is oftentimes fear directed towards change and this new HUGE life transition that they are going through. Children are so used to pee and pooping in their diapers which is such a different sensation than in a toilet.
Have patience, make the experience positive for them, and make sure to go heavy on the praise when they do have successes!
Children require clear expectations in order to successfully learn the new skill of potty training. When we are committed to sticking the tough moments of potty training out, and when we are consistent with our praises and our consequences, we are more likely to communicate our expectations in a clear and easy-to-understand way for our children.
Because there are SO many different opinions, methods, techniques, and ideas out there about potty training, I believe that it is important to share with you all what has worked for me and my clients along the way and what hasn’t!
Transparency is one of the most important traits to me as a professional potty training consultant. I was once in your shoes, and I too felt overwhelmed looking at all of the different methods to potty training that the internet had to offer! That’s why I am so passionate about giving you all the truth when it comes to the potty training process!
You are not alone!