When is the Right Time for Potty Training? w Pull-Ups Kit Giveaway CLOSED
One of the biggest fears about potty training parents can have is timing. When should they start?! If they start to soon they might scare their child but if they wait to late it becomes a power struggle. Like most parents I worried about finding the right time and circumstances to start potty training my son. Even though I heard stories of children who were potty trained at 18th months (my mom told me I was potty trained at 18months so it's possible) I couldn't see starting the potty process so young. So I waited. And waited. And waited.
Thankfully my son patiently waited till I was ready and comfortable enough to buy him a potty and then 1 2 3 after a few trial runs he promptly sat down and used it. That day I was lucky enough to catch it on video. As you can see my son clearly knew what to do. Seems I was the one who's timing was off.
Which bring me to the question of when is a good time to start potty training. The simple answer is when your child show interests. That can be as young as 18months or as old as 2 or even 3 years old. If your child is trying to help you flush, raise the toilet lid or peeking in the bowl (eww) then their interested. But keep in mind that each child is different and you will have to find what will work best.
I will say that many children are already use to seeing parents go potty. Kids love to follow their parents into the bathroom to see what they're doing and many already understand the "potty" process. Now it's just a matter of helping them learn how this process applies to them.
I suggest taking practice potty runs to get them use to and excited about going to the potty. Keep the practice runs short and light with no pressure. You want your child to learn that this process is something normal and nothing to be scared of. I also suggest treats aka bribes for potty test runs without tears from them or you. Just a suggestion.
Time for this weeks giveaway for a Pull-Ups Potty Training Pack!!
The Pull-Ups Potty Training Pack will include Pull-Ups Potty Timers and fun, new Cars 2 Pull-Ups Designs! The Pull-Ups Potty Timers and Cars2 Pull-Ups Designs are fun, motivational potty training tools designed to keep the process a fun one for both parent and tot.
Remember this is a special giveaway because every Monday the giveaway starts over and a new winner will be picked. So if you didn't win the first time you'll have another chance the next week till the end of the month!
WIN The Mommy Factor giveaway!
(1) Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me, How has your child started showing interest in potty training? Comment must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. August 28, 2011.
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NOW THE RULES
Winner will be selected by random.org on or shortly after August 28, 2011. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count.
Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.
Please Note: “Pull-Ups training pants provided me with a Pull-Ups Potty Training Kit to conduct a reader giveaway. However, my opinions on the products are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups or their products. Views expressed are always 100% my own.