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.
Imagine that you’ve just started a new job. It’s your first day in the office, and your new supervisor comes up to you and hands you a … trapeze bar. “Let’s do a flip!” she says. Well, that’s how a little one feels if he’s being asked to cope with a major life change and master an unfamiliar skill.
So don’t try to potty train when your child is already dealing with a lot of change. In particular, Turtles, Owls and Squirrels do best when their environment is calm and settled. Here are 10 examples of when NOT to push potty training:
1. The birth of a sibling
2. Moving into a new home or other major family changes
3. Transitioning from a crib into a Big Kid bed
4. No longer using a bottle at night
5. Being weaned from breastfeeding
6. Stopping the use of a pacifier
7. Starting at daycare or preschool or switching to a new school
9. You’re in the middle of the holidays, and there’s already a cascade of candy, many late nights and excitement in the air
10. If some external force — like a preschool or a well-meaning relative — is pressuring you to potty train your child, but your child is not ready
Stabilize the family ship before tossing a new skill like potty training out there. And besides, YOU don’t need the extra burden of potty training when things are stressful, either! Waiting until things are calm will ensure the potty training seas will be pleasant — and successful — for the whole family.