26 months is apparently an important age in our house. For it seems (three times now) that this is the age in which my children decide the are ready to leave diapers behind.
Each and every time this happens I cannot tell how surprised I am. For, it is my belief that the whole potty training thing is best left until later. Mostly from the perspective that the longer we wait the more ready they will be and the less work I will need to do.
But, nonetheless each time it seems like there is one day I can ignore the signs no longer and together we make the leap.
Still beyond the commonality of age each of my children have had very different paths for potty training. And while I could ad a post to the plethora of others out there, listing all the things that could be done to achieve potty training success. I think instead I will just share the three most valuable things that I have learned during this process over time.
#1 – Simplistic as it may be: Don’t listen to anyone else’s potty training story. Even ours.
Just like when your child first rolled over or crawled. When he or she was ready to eat or take their first steps. Potty learning need not be a competition. Nor should you feel like your missing the mark if your child is not out of diapers by X age.
#2 – Starting late is easier than starting early.
By this I mean really, it is okay to wait. Experts will agree that you should look for the signs of readiness. I like to wait for A LOT of signs. The more of these little helpful ques the easier the job in my opinion. Not to mention, those first months of potty learning seem to be more about you learning the ques than your little one really deciding they know they are ready. Oh, and method? Each of my children have needed a slightly different approach, so I would suggest not getting stuck on the idea there is one “right” way to success out there. You know your child, have confidence that you will find the method that works for both of you.
#3 – Have a sense of humor. Potty learning can be as quick as a day or it may seem to take years for your little one to really get it (true story.) But, no matter what, you can rest assured your little one will get it.
So, there is my contribution to the vast array of information out there about potty training.
Oh, and don’t forget that on that glorious day it is perfectly acceptable for everyone to do the potty dance!