Potty learning is something I’ve gone through now with 5 kids. Yep, 5 – Jackson has started Potty learning. (potty training, toilet training what have you)
I have been asked quite a few times how to help with Potty learning or how I got my kids out of Diapers. I have 2 simple answers.
1. Let them take the lead: Don’t pressure, don’t worry about age, don’t stress. They won’t go to school in Diapers. Let them do their thing. When the time is right and they are ready, they’ll commit.
2. Don’t use a Potty: Sorry, but no. I tried with Jordan when he was Potty learning and NOPE. Don’t need that. Toilet is the way to go. Not only do they feel like big kids because they can use the actual toilet like Mommy and daddy, if they have older siblings chances are they want to follow their lead.
Plus, I personally think potties are a waste of money and they just aren’t my thing. Why not have them use what they are suppose to from the get go. Less mess, less confusion and less hassle for all.
My kids have all Potty learned at different ages and stages. From age 2 to 3.5. But they were all fully using a toilet on their own, wiping and washing their hands before starting school at age 4 and even before their 4th Birthdays.
Jackson who will be 4 in May is my latest starter. He just stared about 2 weeks ago, completely on his own and has done fantastic. He now just goes on his own. We have one of those seats that do sit on the toilet for support so he doesn’t fall in but he rarely uses it. He just gets up does his business and there ya go! He also announces it as proud as can be which I find to be the cutest thing. He will yell to me, daddy and his siblings one by one telling them he peed in the toilet! I think he gets a kick out of us all cheering him on!
I know a lot of people say kids should be using a toilet at a certain age but truth is they will do it when they are ready. Why push it? They already grow up way faster than they should! I personally take my kids lead. What is right for one may not be right for another though, so do what you feel is best and will work for your child and family! This is just what has really worked for us!
Lots of encouragement and praise helps and don’t worry the age, it will happen!