What is your child’s potty personality?
Our brief assessment will help you determine what kind of Potty Partner you have and provide a personalized lesson plan on how to achieve potty training success together based on the results.
With Turtles, the potty training readiness process is not always clear-cut. Your Turtle conveys her readiness in her behavior and moods, which are sometimes subtle and hard to read. When she pulls away, support and reassure her. When she wants to jump ahead, help her take slow, measured steps forward, but always expect some setbacks. Slow but steady wins this race!
This sounds counterintuitive, but leave the bathroom out of the picture for a while. Ease your Turtle in, letting him become comfortable with some of the potty training equipment by making it become part of the environment.
Gradually, ask your Turtle to test out sitting on the potty. A lot of Turtles like to do this fully dressed at first. Turtles may also be reluctant to use the adult-size toilet, so you may want to ease them into the process by using a potty chair. With a Turtle, repetition helps. New ideas need to be offered many times, just like we have to offer new kinds of foods many times before children will learn to like them (sometimes 10 to 15 times!).
The Bottom Line (Pardon the Pun)
Your Turtle is on the potty training journey with you; he just wants it to be at her pace, not yours. Respect his individuality and the way he asserts his needs, even if it sometimes comes across as resistance. Back off, and let your child find his way forward, with your reassurance and guidance along the way. The worst thing you can do is rush your Turtle. Support his decisions with the comfort of his favorite books, characters and routines.