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All the potty training tips you’ve ever heard – forget them!
Seriously, forget them all. Except one.
If your child didn’t ask on their own to use the potty (does any kid really do this?!), then you’re probably like me and started wondering, “When should I start potty training?”
As your child inched closer to the 3-year-old mark you might have started to worry, “Am I doing something wrong?” (I’ve been there!)
We’ve been on a potty training “journey” for almost a year now. Yep, a year.
Those 3-day potty training books didn’t work for us. Wearing panties all day when my daughter wasn’t ready didn’t work either. (Read all about that mishap here.) And we sure weren’t done with diapers by 18 months like some of the potty training “experts” say is best.
But you know what?
I’m ok with that.
Because I can finally say that we are fully potty trained!
So what worked for us?
Potty Training Tips — Ignore them All Except THIS One:
Your kid will use the potty when they are ready. I promise.
Trust me, I get it. It’s tough to stay patient when it seems like everyone else is potty training faster than you.
As we neared 3 1/2 years old, I really started to wonder if I was a total failure as a parent in the potty training department.
But my daughter wasn’t ready.
When we rush potty training, it can be less-than-pleasant experience for everyone.
Trying to hit an arbitrary potty training deadline (for me it was 3 years old) was a recipe for failure. My daughter resisted. I was frustrated.
So I stopped trying to force it. I quit worrying about what “everyone” else was doing.
I simply encouraged my daughter to try the potty on a regular basis. If she used it, awesome! If she didn’t, we took a break and tried again later. We kept the mood encouraging and our attempts consistent.
It didn’t work right away. We still wore diapers at night or when we left the house. And my daughter still wet them.
But we kept our patience and our routine.
And patience payed off
One day my daughter was ready. She just “got” it. I’m not even sure how it happened!!
But she’s never looked back.
I don’t even need to ask my daughter if she needs to go potty because she just runs off on her own and does it.
In fact, Miss Independent is so excited about using the potty herself that she wants to do everything herself — including cleaning up and flushing.
So imagine how excited she was to have her very own “potty wipes” to do just that!
Kandoo Flushable Potty Wipes are designed especially for little hands. The wipes tub opens with an easy push of a button and wipes pull right out, with no ripping, rolling, or tearing required. (“Grown up” wipes could take a lesson from this design!)
Kandoo wipes help kids clean better than plain ol’ TP, so you can rest easy that they’re not leaving a mess behind. Plus, they’re biodegradable and flushable!
Pick up Kandoo Flushable Wipes in the baby and toddler aisles of Target, WalMart, Kroger and other leading retailers.
Update: We’ve been using Kandoo wipes for a few months now and I love, love, love this product!! My daughter is learning to clean herself, and these are the perfect size (a little smaller than grown up wipes or traditional baby wipes) for little hands. Plus the pop-up tub makes them easy for her to open and use.
We’ve tried a LOT of different things to help with potty training, but these are a keeper!!
Here’s a link to the starter tub on Amazon (affiliate link).
So forget what the “experts” say, and do what works for your family.
Potty training tips are just that – tips. They are not hard and fast rules and what works for one kid won’t necessarily work for another.
So stay optimistic, stay patient, and set yourself up with the right tools to make the experience fun and unique for your child. You’ve got this!!
Related: Read more Kandoo Potty Training Tools & Tips here!