Dads and Potty Training
by Dave Hagler
Dads can be particularly apprehensive about the potty training experience, and they can end up taking a secondary role to mom. But it doesn’t need to be that way. On the contrary, there are many reasons why dads should be excited and eager to enter into the potty training process with their child, and take a leading role.
Reason One: An important part of potty training is to motivate your child and make it fun. Often, this takes the form of a silly song or dance like the Pull-Ups® Potty Dance. The sillier, the better, to make it loads of fun for your child. And through a toddler’s eyes, there truly isn’t a sillier sight than watching dad engage in the Potty Dance. This is undoubtedly a time when mom won’t make the cut — they want dad to make a fool out of himself doing the silly dance. And ironically enough, it gets them excited about potty training.
Reason Two: Consider the diaper bag. Most men are less than thrilled to be wearing a diaper bag around their shoulder. But once a child is potty trained, you are free to go out without the bag in tow.
And speaking of free, there is a new found sense of freedom which comes with not having to lug around all the diapers, wipes, and creams that fill that diaper bag. You can now go to all the places that were off limits when your child was in diapers because changing tables were hard to find. Imagine going to a sporting event with nothing extra to carry? And for dads with boys, nothing brings pops more pride than bonding with his son at the game by standing next to him in the restroom during half time.
Reason Three: An important reason for dads to be excited about potty training is that it really is a two-person job. Dad needs to use the same routine and rewards that mom uses (and vice versa). Meaning, if your child goes potty every hour on the hour with mom, keep the same routine with dad — consistency is key. And there is nothing more fun for a kid who just went potty than to lead both mom and dad in a “potty parade” through the living room.
So, now you see the important role dads can play when it comes to potty training. They can act silly, ditch the diaper bag, enjoy the new freedom to visit new places, and join forces with mom to help keep a consistent potty training routine.