At some point the books, the blogs, and the articles become too much. You’re in advice up to your eyeballs but you’re still a little shaky about the entire process. Maybe what you’ve been looking for is a visual guide to encourage you and your toddler on this journey. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of potty training videos to works as a guide for you pin down exactly what it is you need to successfully complete potty training you toddler.
Tips to make your potty training experience as easy as possible
There are many reasons that potty training is stressful for dads. While it’s true that the process is messy and stinky, the thing that really hurts is the high cost.
Potty training is also stressful because the supplies are expensive. These costs add up until it seems like you’re just using your money as toilet paper!
Don’t fret, though. We’ve brought you four solid and surprising ways you can save money during the potty training phase.
Despite showing every possible sign of readiness, some toddlers just resist potty training completely. These stubborn children are difficult to train and can test the patience of nearly any parent.
If your child is one of these toddlers, and you’ve exhausted all the tools in your potty training toolbox, consider these expert tips for beating potty training resistance and getting even the most resistant of children to use the potty with enthusiasm:
Potty training is intimidating to many fathers. After all, we’ve got garages full of tools for almost every problem, but we can’t just buy a toolbox for potty training.
Of course, you know the guy code—if you can’t buy it, build it! And when it comes to your potty training toolbox, it all starts with learning some specific vocabulary.
We know what you’re thinking: guys aren’t always known for our great communication skills. That’s why we’re giving you these four key phrases to memorize before you start potty training.
You’ll find these particular tools help you take care of most potty training issues you encounter!
My daughter has mastered potty training during the day. She does not need a diaper, she tells us when she needs to use the bathroom and has gone more than a year since her last major accident.
That is during the day, though. At night – and naptime – she needs to wear a diaper because she will likely go to the bathroom. She complains every time we put it on, saying she hates wearing it and begs us not to wear one. We fight back because any time we’ve given in and let her try to sleep without a diaper, she ends up wetting the bed.
We expect this. Potty training at night is a different animal than during the day. Our daughter is asleep, and her body is not trained to wake her up if she has to go. As a result, she still needs a diaper.
One of the big things about guys is that we like to do things on our own. To our exasperated wives, it often seems like “just let me do that” were the REAL first words out of our mouths.
A word to the wise, though: potty training is unlike anything you’ve done before. And if you think you should handle it on your own, you’re out of your mind.
Sure, single dads don’t have a lot of choices, but if you and your wife live under the same roof, it’s important you learn how to tag team this whole potty training challenge.
We’ve made it easy for you; here’s four ways to get started!
Boys do not need to urinate standing up. During toilet training, boys, like girls, should learn to pee sitting down. Essentially all toilet training experts agree about this.
There are many reasons to teach boys to urinate sitting:
• Most people urinate when they have a bowel movement, immediately before, or . The two are associated naturally and trying to separate them makes learning more difficult.
• Standing to urinate involves more skills.
• Most boys of toilet training age will have difficulty aiming accurately.
• Even if they can aim, boys may not want to. Either way, this means more work for parents who must clean up.
The first day of potty training did not go well. My wife and I told my then two-year-old daughter that we felt like she needed to walk over to the toilet, pull down her underwear and use the bathroom.
For us adults, it seemed incredibly simple. To a toddler, not so much. Despite asking my daughter almost every five minutes if she needed to use the bathroom, she said she was okay. She would then pee on the floor. It was an imperfect process that showed its flaws.
One stereotype about guys that happens to be true is that we like numbers. We’re not always good with feelings and emotions, but we’re happy with any cold, hard facts we can get our hands on.
This is true for potty training our kids as well. There are a lot of “experts” out there, but it can be hard to get any real data that you can use.
These are the kinds of numbers you need to make potty training easier, but they are hard to find. Fortunately, we’ve put together a definitive guide to five numbers to know before you start potty training your kid.
Myths are funny things. Sometimes, they are just a matter of simple repetition: you hear something enough times, and you think it’s true. Other times, they are a function of hope: you want to believe something is true, so you cling to anyone who agrees with you.
With potty training, it’s a little of “column A” and a little of “column B.” There are many myths passed down by our friends, family, and community…and there’s quite a few that we fathers cling to because we’re terrified of potty training our kid!
However, it’s time to rip the band-aid off and face reality. Here are four of the biggest potty training myths and the dirty truth behind them!