Let's Debunk Some Potty Training Myths

When it comes to potty training, every child is different, so every parents’ experience is different. With all that we’ve been through, I know one thing for sure – I believe it’s important to celebrate little wins. Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups but the story, tips and opinions are all my own.

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It seems everyone has an opinion about every aspect of parenting. It starts from conception and I imagine it goes well through the teen years. From how you birth your babies to what kind of diapers you use, how you feed your kids and whether you homeschool, and how much screen time you allow. Everyone has an opinion. The good thing is, after a couple of kids you start to care less about what others think about your parenting, and feel more comfortable and confident with your own decisions.

When it came to potty training I got a slew of advice. And honestly, a lot of it was helpful. I’ve shared most of that already. But then there were a few suggestions I got that stressed me out a bit and I think could come across as discouraging for parents.

In case you’re in that boat, I’m here today to help you feel better and know that it’s not as bad as you may think.

MYTH #1: THERE IS JUST ONE WAY TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR CHILD
Some will tell you the only way to go is a 48 hour boot camp route, others will tell you incentives are the way to go. Some people swear by portable potty seats and others will tell you to avoid them–Regular toilets are the way to go. Parents, have no fear, there are so many different ways to potty train, and kids around the world approach it differently. Figure out what works best for you and your child and go for it. Also know that your mind may change partway through and that’s ok too.

That’s why I love the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership, which is a method of potty training that is completely dependent on your child’s personality. All you have to do is take a quick quiz to find out their potty personality, and then you’ll receive custom tips for different things like introducing potty training, potty training on the go, etc. There are also tons of simple ways to make potty training fun and easy for parents and toddlers to start together, which is again based on your little one’s unique personality. In fact, 3 of 4 moms prefer Pull-Ups®!*

More recently, we also saw another fun activity on Pull-Ups.com (you can visit you’re your phone too) where you can actually call your child’s favorite characters – HOW COOL! You can get your child excited about potty training by giving various characters a call to talk training. Some kids need a little encouragement to get going! If your little one is as big of a fan of Lightening McQueen as mine, they’ll flip over the video call, and be excited about this special encouragement to kick-start their journey. My little guy loved it and I loved seeing him so excited!

MYTH #2: START POTTY TRAINING BY HER 2ND BIRTHDAY OR ELSE
Your child isn’t doomed if he or she isn’t potty trained by age two. Toddlers start showing readiness signs at different ages. My son was over three when he was finally trained and that’s just when it worked out for us. Don’t feel like you’ve lost all hope if your little one isn’t trained by two or three. And actually if you start before your child is ready, it may actually end up taking longer.

MYTH #3: BOYS ARE HARDER TO POTTY TRAIN THAN GIRLS
Though in my case this was true with my two kiddos (my daughter was way easier to train than my son) it doesn’t mean that’s the case for everyone. So don’t think just because you have a boy it’s going to be really hard, or just because you have a girl it’ll be easy. Mine both basically trained the same way in terms of how it was done, but just caught on at different paces. So don’t feel the need to complicate things.

MYTH #4: DAY AND NIGHT TIME TRAINING ARE THE SAME
Your child may learn how to potty train during the day but have a harder time controlling their bladder at night. Don’t feel like a potty training failure if that’s the case because some kids just take longer to stay dry at night – it’s just a matter of their development. Focus on the tools you need to potty train during the day and realize that for some, night training comes later.

MYTH #5: YOU’LL KNOW IT’S TIME TO START BECAUSE YOUR CHILD WILL TELL YOU
If we sat around waiting for our son to come to me and tell me he was ready to learn how to go potty, I’d likely still be waiting. It’s a combined effort of when you and your child are ready to take on the task and jump into the waters of potty training… together!

So take all of these statements, write them down on a piece of paper then tear it up and throw it away! You’ve got this.
 


Jennifer Borget is a part-time journalist, full-time creator, and mom of two. She loves writing, photography and making videos.
Cherish 365 is where she’s working to make a difference, and encouraging others to cherish every day.

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This post is sponsored by 
Pull-Ups Training Pants.


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