For most parents, Potty training girls or boys – toddlers – is not something they look forward to. After all, who wants to have to deal with dirty diapers, soiled clothes – and sometimes rugs, cars, chairs, etc.? While the issue may have the additional issues of fear and insecurity for new “first-time” parents, even seasoned parents dread the idea.
Fortunately, training toddlers how to use a child potty seat, or toddler toiled seat, doesn’t have to be as difficult, traumatic, and long as most parents think it will be. As a rule, potty training for girls tends to happen sooner than it does for boys. For all you male chauvinists out there, well I don’t know what to tell you, other than that it is well documented. For whatever reason, girls seem to be able to develop this skill much quicker than boys do.
Part of the reason might be that boys have two “modes” to have to learn. Urinating for boys isn’t the same as learning the protocol for “number 2″. And as many parents know, few toddlers can really discern the difference between the two when they have to relieve themselves. They just have to go. So boys have to learn not only two different skills, but to be able to know the difference in what they’re feeling – even when what feels like a ‘simple’ need to urinate might end up with both.
There are also a slew of products to help parents with their potty training period that weren’t available years ago. As a result, particularly for new or newer parents, they assume the toiled training will consist of mistakes followed by verbal instruction and reinforcement, followed by mistakes, followed by more verbal instruction, and on & on until something starts to catch on. In most parents minds, this might be a very, very long period!
The reality is that if begun at the right stage in their development, potty training toddlers doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out timeframe. In fact, many parents who begin their training at the right time find that they can achieve at least partial success – meaning few and far between “accidents” in just a matter of a few months! This should come as some relief to those rearing babies that have this endless nightmare scenario in mind!
Whether you’re potty training girls, boys, or both, do your homework. Learn the stages at which to begin, follow through with consistency, and you’ll come out the other side realizing it wasn’t nearly as bad as had been assumed. And of course, once you’re done, you’re done. Until the next child…!
In any event, potty training toddlers isn’t a fun exercise, nor one any parent looks forward to. Fortunately, you can follow these tips to make it a bit easier and quicker. And of course, once you’ve successfully finished, you’re all done – forever!