It’s true, our 18 month-old is potty trained. She rarely has accidents, and keeps her little pink Dora panties dry all day long. She wears thick training pants and plastic covers for naps and cloth diapers at night, but let me tell you that having a fuss-free day with no bulky diaper bag to tote around is wonderful.
Granted, experts might recommend potty training at a later age, and in fact the school psychologist still remarks to my husband about the potential damage we’ve done to sweet Summer Elizabeth, but bottom line is, it worked for us & I’ll happily try it again with our next child.
Before you begin potty training, it’s helpful to get your little one excited about the process. Prepare your toddler for potty training by reading potty training books, watching all the YouTube videos you can find (here’s Summer’s fave), talking about the bodily processes going on when you change their diapers, and even developing a “potty” hand signal with them that you use when you go to the bathroom yourself or when you know they’re eliminating. It might be a good idea to invest in a toilet with a soft-close lid (Toto toilets offers these) as that will eliminate the worry of slammed fingers. All of these things will help your toddler understand what will be expected from him when the time comes.
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