Why I Am Not Potty Training My Child
Great article, all too often we feel compelled to conform to other peoples expectations of what children should achieve and when (myself definitely included!). This is a good reminder that we should be lead more by our children. It's too late for us but hopefully others will benefit from this advice.
What a brilliant post. I most admit I have always assumed children need to be potty trained by a certain age, however as long as Buddy is in big boy pants by the time he starts school I'm sure we'll be fine! I have a Gina Ford allergy too. I attempted to read the contented baby when Buddy was newborn and her terminology and attitude reduced me to tears. Surprisingly it's the one book
Ah, good old Gina Ford! Someone lent me her book while I was pregnant, and I read it from cover to cover. I was adamant my child would not "manipulate" me and I would follow Ford's schedule to the letter. Then S was born, and I quickly gave the book back to my friend! What a bunch of bollocks.
Wow, this is such an enlightened view. A few weeks ago, I read a post about potty trainign a child (with special needs) in four days. Some of the tips included no adapting of the toilet because in the real world, toilets are all the same, throwing out all diapers on the day you start potty training, etc. It may be a successful method, but I doubt it'd help the child feel confident (let alone
Thanks for your comment. I think a lot of people tend to think there's some sort of unwritten timetable to which all children must conform, and that there's some sort of prize to be had for how quickly we can do things like potty training - even if it's at the expense of the child's happiness and security.
What a fab post :) We too bought a potty recently as Zach had started telling us when he needed a number 2 so we thought maybe he'd be interested. He has sat on it a few times, even walked over to it and pulled his own jeans down but nothing has entered the bottom of the pot yet! In fact the other day he wanted to sit on it so I took his nappy off, popped him on it where he sat for 2 seconds,
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I love this, I think Rio is the same age (10th april) and although he knows when he's going in his pull up, hides, wants to be out of it straight away etc, like S, he doesn't like the idea odf wearing big pants. Or even sitting on the potty for that matter (he used to get constipated sitting down so prefers to go stood up)..we're leaving it up to him and intend to train him when he&#
I don't mind Gina Ford, but her potty training methods were next to useless with my kids. Interestingly, my eldest was pushed into being potty trained she really struggled and, now 8,still struggles in this area. My youngest, now 2y8m decided she wanted to use the loo and, apart from one off week, she's had no accidents at all! Wish I'd been less pushy with my first.
Great article - should be read by all mum's! I too believe children should do everything at their own pace and not by forcing intervention. The only timeline to work by regarding potty training is the child being dry in the daytime for (most if not all) schools - not nursery, preschool etc - there's certainly no rush for them to be 'trained' at the age of 2! I know nappies are
As one who had both her girls fully potty trained and out of nappies before they were 15 months, I'm not sure I agree with you - although I do agree it should not become a battlefield! Thanks to my mother-on-law, God rest her soul, who was one of 8, and had done the same with her three kids (two boys and 1 girl - the former allegedly more difficult in such circumstances), it was a case of
I really like this! My son is the same age as your daughter & I'm in no hurry to potty train either. He's actually started telling me when he needs a poo & lots of times he gets to the potty on time - and gets lots of praise. He's certainly nearly ready but I don't feel it's quite time yet so I'm holding off. We talk vaguely about wearing big boy pants 'soon' but what's the hurry? I'm waiting til I know he's ready.
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I don't have a clue about potty training yet but I'm happy to read my child too. Good for you, following your instincts. A book doesn't know your child, you know your child and what works for your family. #aNoviceMumTwitterFeed Adventures of a Novice Mum recently posted...Black and White 22Mar15
From reading some of your friends comments I thought you were going to say your daughter was 16 and about to leave home not 2!! I don't understand the obsession with early potty 'training' it just leads to anxiety and pee on the sofa. I think what you're doing sounds great. Although I love star charts - not for potty training- you can't bribe somebody's bladder! Morna recently posted...Little things of which I am inordinately proud.