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Potty Training: Preschool Potty Training Policy

As my wife and I started to think about potty training, almost every online resource gave the same advice: wait for the child to tell you they are ready. This could be the child saying they no longer want to wear diapers, or a desire to use the toilet like mom and dad.
While I have no doubt this is the best advice, my wife and I found ourselves in a slightly different situation. We had a deadline.

Adult to Adult: What Potty Training Is Really Like

When my wife and I had our first child, my mom made an interesting point. Parenting never really gets easier, but the challenges change as the child changes. When they are a newborn, the struggle is to keep them fed and asleep while anticipating their needs. When they become a toddler, it is keeping them safe as they learn to navigate the world. The challenges continue as they grow.
The same is true for potty training. Compared to those first days when the child sleeps at odd hours and demands food at the weirdest of times, potty training is a breeze. Parents will deal with things that are much more complicated.

4 potty training mistakes every father should avoid

4 Potty Training Mistakes Every Father Should Avoid

Chances are you like to get everything right the first time. Moreover, you like to do things on your own. That’s part of being a guy: we pretty much invented not asking for help!

When it comes to potty training, getting everything right is more important than ever. Mistakes translate to messy kids, messy clothes, and an even messier home. You want to avoid as many rookie mistakes as possible.

Fortunately, we’ve got the definitive guide to the potty training mistakes to avoid at all costs.

training: the schedule no one told you about

The Potty Training Schedule No One Told You About

One of the things that makes potty training confusing for guys is that for such a simple task, it can become so chaotic.

Ironically, teaching this “simple” thing can get pretty complex. On the upside, it involves something guys are a bit more comfortable with: making a schedule!

That’s right. All those parents who potty-trained their children quickly were secretly working from a training schedule they developed. Here’s what you need to know to create the potty schedule.

Fun Potty Training Tips

Let’s be honest: Potty training is not fun.
Between the stress, frustration, and clean-up, potty training can be a particularly not fun time for parents, especially when children struggle to learn. That stress, though, cannot find its way to the child. If potty training becomes a miserable experience – filled with yelling, scolding, and generally not fun times – kids will likely come to dread the potty training experience.

4 potty training tips you can learn from your wife

4 Potty Training Tips You Can Learn From Your Wife

A lot of men like to think of themselves as masters of all trades. When it comes to potty training, though, it’s easy for us to get lost. That’s when you need to seek out a higher power.

No, we’re not talking about God (though you may speak—or shout—to him a lot during the potty training process). We’re talking about your wife. She’s likely got a lot of family wisdom about potty training, and her maternal instincts give her an edge.

If you want to master this skill, it’s time to bow down to your sensei. Here are a few of your wife’s secrets that you can—and should—learn right away.

10 tips for nighttime potty training

10 Tips for Nighttime Potty Training

Daytime potty training and nighttime potty training are as different as day and night—literally! While many toddlers can achieve daytime dryness at around 2 or 3 years of age, nighttime dryness takes considerably longer. Many children continue to require a pull-up at night well into the preschool years, at no fault of the child or parents.

8 signs your child is ready for potty training

8 Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

Is your child ready for potty training? While the average age to start potty training is 18-24 months, every child is different and will meet this milestone at his own pace. Starting too soon can create toilet resistance, fears, and tantrums, whereas starting too late increases the economic and environmental costs of diapers and may make your child more resistant to change.

So, when is your toddler ready for potty training?

Here are eight signs of potty training readiness: