September 27, 2012

Potty Training: Let the Child Lead

Potty training is a big challenge that often becomes a tug-of-war between frustrated parents and toddlers. However, potty training does not have to be a difficult process. In fact, there is no need to worry about potty training your child.

When your child is ready, willing, and able to use the potty 'independently' he or she will let you know. You do not need to coax, force, bride, or cause unnecessary stress to your child or yourself over potty training. If  the age of your toddler is your motivation for potty training, forget about it. Do not compare your child with other children. Some kids are ready at 12 months old, and some are ready at 4 years old. Every child is different. If your motivation for potty training is because disposable diapers are costing you a fortune, switch to cloth diapers with plastic diaper covers.

Most parents rush their children into potty training for convenience. Forget about what is convenient for you; let your child develop at his or her pace without pressure. You will be pleasantly surprised when your 2 year old says to you 'Mommy, no-no diapers!' because she has decided that she no longer needs them. It happens all the time. Your child will not be the oldest child in diapers. He will definitely give up those diapers soon enough. After all, how many elementary school students do you know who are still wearing diapers?

Let your baby be a baby, and allow your toddler to be a toddler. Just love your children and try to enjoy every precious moment with them. That's what matters most. That's what makes you a good parent... not how soon they stop wearing diapers.