Which Potty Training Method is the Best?
You’re tired of feeling sheepish when your mom friends share success stories about how quickly their child potty trained. You’re not there yet! But who can blame you? It’s a tricky process and everywhere you look, there’s someone touting a different method: “potty training in a day,” the 3-day approach, child-oriented, the clockwork approach. To help you narrow things down, we asked professionals who are also parents to share boots-on-the-ground experience with different potty training methods. As you read, remember that the best method is the one that best suits your child.
Mary Ware, Editor at The Mom Friend, a pregnancy and parenting site that provides helpful tips for new moms and inspiration for life and travel with kids.
Some find it easier to tackle the issue all at once, hunker down at home, and get it over with. However, that can be very stressful or simply not possible for many others. For those parents, I encourage them to do gradual potty training, which is what I used with my children. With so much external stress happening in the world right now, taking this approach can provide a more peaceful experience if you are not in a rush to have your child potty trained.
Gradual potty training includes introducing the potty to a child through books and having [a potty] in close availability, watching for signs of readiness, providing opportunities to try, and using praise as the primary method of reinforcement. Once a child becomes comfortable with the idea of the potty or starts to show an increase in awareness of bodily functions, you can speed up progress by introducing pull-ups that have the cooling sensation when wet or using underwear to help a child recognize when they are wet and start to learn the cues their body is giving. Some children might benefit from additional reinforcement like tracking successes or small rewards, but it is not required.
Gradual potty training is great for parents who either did not find success with the 3-day method or want to take a more gentle or relaxed approach without pushing a child to do something when they might not be ready. I found it was extremely helpful for my daughter to do gradual potty training after struggling with trying to make it happen quickly while working and also pregnant with my second. It was much less stressful for everyone involved.
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