Potty training can be one of the most frustrating things that a toddler’s parents have to deal with, but unfortunately, there is no way around it, especially if your child goes to day care. In their journey to potty train their children, many parents have made mistakes that make the whole process even more difficult. Once you understand the mistakes you are making, it can make the process a whole lot easier! The following is a list from our child care experts in Monroe of the most common potty training mistakes that parents make and how to avoid them:
- Potty training before your child is ready – Just like walking and talking are developmental milestones, so is potty training. You would never try to push your child to walk or talk before they are ready, so why would you push your child to potty train? If your child isn’t ready to start potty training, you will only end up frustrating yourself and wasting your time! Look for signs that your child is interested in using the toilet. They might follow you into the bathroom to watch you go or they may be uncomfortable going in their diaper all of the sudden. Either way, you will know when your child is ready.
- Using diapers during certain situations – It is tempting to switch to diapers at bedtime or before a long drive, but this will only confuse your child. Instead of switching back to diapers, prepare for accidents in other ways, like bringing extra outfits with you or putting a plastic mattress cover on your child’s bed.
Want to learn about more common potty training mistakes and how to avoid them? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog!