Potty Training Made Easy!
Potty training is a very exciting time for both you and your child. It is a big step in independence with toddlers. Really, potty training is the one of the first chances children have to show their independence and have pride inter accomplishments. The best time to start potty training your child is when life is calm. We talked to Megan with the Toddler Shop to describe high tide parenting and making potty training a positive experience!
You want to enter potty training when you are in a high tide: life is calm. You have not just moved or are moving int he near future, your child has not just started a new school or day care, and there is not a new baby in the house. Low tides are when life is rocky: you are battling behaviors and sleep with your child. Wait until you hit high tide!
I do not typically recommend starting to seriously potty train until a child is at lest 22-24 months.
The reason behind this is that the brain/bladder development is not complete until around the age of 2. I always recommend starting to introduce positive potty associations as young as 16-18 months. Get a small child size potty and put it in the bathroom. Allow your child to explore the potty and anytime they sit (regardless of if they are nude, have a diaper on, or fully clothed), praise them. You want your child to have positive experiences with the potty before diving into potty training.
I tell parents the key to potty training is to stay strong, consistent and positive…You, can do it. There may be times during potty training that are frustrating and you want to quit. Stick with it. Do not show your toddler that when times get tough you will quit. Try to have fun with potty training and enjoy the time with your child. Show them how proud you are of them.