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5 Tips for Potty Training a Reluctant Child

Some toddlers are so comfortable with life in their own little worlds that they resist every attempt at potty training. As a result, it’s only natural for parents to get frustrated and feel alone in a world where every other child except theirs seems to be potty trained. Sound familiar? Here are five tips for potty training a reluctant child.

4 Potty Training Supplies No One Warns You About

If you’re a dad potty training your kid, then you’ve probably read a lot of literature about what products and supplies you’ll need. However, the best potty training toolbox is still incomplete because there are some things that no one ever told you to buy.
These are the small items that do heavy lifting, and they range from making your kids feel more responsible to simply helping you get back to sleep quicker after your kid has an accident in the middle of the night.
Keep reading to discover four potty training supplies no one warns you about!

Potty Training While Traveling

My wife and I recently returned from a long vacation with our two young children. I use the word “vacation” lightly, though. As any parent knows, traveling with a child of any age can be tiring and stressful and yet, relaxing at the same time (usually when the kids are asleep).
Vacations and travel also present challenges for potty training. There are new and exciting things to see and do, bathrooms are not always nearby (if we even know where one is), and normal routines get thrown out the window. Thankfully, my almost 5-year-old daughter made it through our 10-day trip without an accident, but there were some close moments.

When Does Potty Training End?

The other morning my wife and I discussed our daughter’s potty training, particularly whether or not she should wear a different type of diaper while sleeping at night. My daughter turns five in a few weeks, and we have been potty training her – in some way or another – for nearly half her life at this point.
It got me to wondering if potty training would ever end, especially since my wife and I will soon decide when to start training our two-year-old son.
When my son is fully potty trained – including at night time – it is likely my wife, and I will have spent more than five years with potty training in its various phases. That is a long time and underscores the long-term fight that potty training can be.

The History of Potty Training

Learning to control the bladder and bowels is a significant rite of passage that we all embark on during the toddler years. While this pilgrimage is universal, the way it is done varies significantly across cultures and throughout time. Potty training rites, today, look completely different than they did in earlier centuries. In fact, kids today take nearly twice as long to potty train as kids fifty years ago, which is likely because modern parents tend to let their child take the lead.

Should I Use Cloth Diapers for Potty Training Instead?

When it comes to diapers, you’ve got a pretty big decision to make as a father. Are you going to go with cloth or disposable?
Like all controversial subjects, this one has lots of different sides to it and plenty of people screaming at you about what you should do.
Fortunately, we’re here to cut through it all and help you figure out if cloth diapers are a better choice for you and your family while you are potty training.

6 Potty Training Rewards Your Child Will Love

Learning something new requires motivation. Potty training is no exception. The more motivated your child is to use the potty, the quicker he will actually learn to do it. While it might be tempting just to pick up some candy and stickers, some children just aren’t that motivated by these little prizes. So get creative and think about what really motivates your child and how you can reward the desired behavior. And if you aren’t feeling so creative, here are some ideas to get your imagination going:

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Potty Accident: Rushed Potty Training and the Swimming Pool

It was late one summer evening, and my wife finally caved. My daughter had asked her time and time again — as three-year-olds are known to do — to go swimming in our community pool. My wife finally agreed, and the two of them walked over to the pool.

Part of the reason my wife was hesitant to go to the pool was the lack of a swim diaper. While my daughter was mostly potty trained at this point, we still had her wear a swim diaper to the pool in case there was an accident. My daughter did well using the bathroom at home but sometimes had accidents if she got too involved in a fun activity.

My wife and I talked it over and decided our daughter could head to the pool without a swim diaper. We would risk it and hope she could go without an issue. We were wrong.

5 Potty Training Apps for Kids

Many parents struggle to unplug from their mobile devices long enough to reconnect with the real world and show a little humanity now and then, me included. Although I’m not always the best role model for my kids when it comes to putting my phone down, I’m a firm believer that giving kids too much screen time can adversely affect the way they interact with people in the real world. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under the age of 2 avoid screen time and limit their usage to just a couple hours per day after that. But parenting isn’t easy, and I think it is only natural for parents to turn to help from technology when potty training gets a little too real