Saturday, May 21, 2011

Potty Paranoia

Potty training has been on my mind for a while now, but I haven't taken any specific approach...or so I thought. Being that Monday through Friday I am away from Matty for over 8 hours a day, it is not on my priority list when I come home.  We would rather play! Plus, Matty is not overly enthusiastic about using the potty and I quickly become discouraged when he try and fights it. Needless to say, I feel like a slacker.

I do talk about the potty and try, albeit inconsistently, to put him on it. Matty also talks about the potty and will often point out that he has gone in his diaper. Occasionally, he tells me he wants to sit on the potty, but usually when he does, it is only for a few seconds. I've been overwhelmed at the thought of adhering to a strict training routine, mostly because I had no idea where to begin. I have been meaning to Google some advice and I finally did so this morning. And I found that there just may be a method behind my madness after all.

The Readiness Method is apparently the most popular these days and it is based on just what its name implies: the readiness of the child.  hmmm...I have been following along at Matty's pace.  See, I knew what I was doing the whole time ;)  Seriously, knowing that allowing the child to guide the pace of the process is a real method does comfort me in regard to our progress {lack of it actually.} 

This a.m. when Matty woke up, I asked him if he wanted to go potty and he said "yes, potty on the toilet."  Hooray!  Turns out he didn't mean what he said, but he has the reading in the bathroom thing down pat...

In my search for advice, I discovered that in the 1930s, the normal age to begin potty training was 3!

If you're interested in learning about other potty training methods, check out the links below... (The Readiness Method is definitely for us, but I did get a chuckle at the Bare-Bottom Approach aka Naked & $75.)

Bare-Bottom Approach
The One-Day Method
Baby Toilet Training


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