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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.

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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.

Recognize your Child’s Toilet Training Readiness

The start of toilet training means that your child has to adjust to life without a diaper, and learn go to the bathroom whenever they feel the urge. You can make this transition easier for your child by preparing them for the different activities associated with toilet training. But, before you begin, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends assessing your child’s readiness for toilet training. Ready or Not Timing is important for toilet training; however, your child may not be ready at the same time as other children. You need to rely on your child to determine readiness for this venture.

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4 Ways That Diet Impacts Potty Training

When parents are having trouble with potty training, we usually look all over the place for an explanation. In some cases, the explanation is close to home: your kid’s diet!
What your kid eats can impact potty training. Some foods and drinks make things easier, and some make things even more difficult. Here’s a quick guide to different ways that diet

4 Potty Training Tricks From Other Countries

Every dad going through potty training with his son or daughter would like to have an extra trick or two up his sleeve. Chances are that you know all about what your friends, family, and neighbors recommend… so why not cast your gaze a bit further?
Other countries have potty training practices and tricks far different from our own. And in some cases, these clever ideas might completely change how you look at the potty training experience. Keep reading to discover the hottest tricks from around the world!

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How to Recognize When it’s Time to Go

As parents, it is easy for us to observe our child’s habits and to recognize certain signs. This is especially true when they have to go to the bathroom. My son used to hate interrupting his activities just to go. So he would wiggle and squirm in desperate attempts to hold it in. No matter how many times I’d ask him if he had to go, he’d flat out deny it until he went dashing to the bathroom and sprayed pee all over the seat. Eventually, I had to take control and make him stop what he was doing so he wouldn’t hold it in.

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4 Ways Siblings Can Help With Potty Training

When you have a house full of kids, potty training a little one can feel more difficult than ever before. However, guys like us are problem solvers, and we’ve got good news for you: you can turn these obstacles into opportunities.
Siblings are actually a great help when it comes to potty training. However, you have to know the trick to using them effectively, and you have to go in with a plan.
That’s where we come in. Keep reading to discover some of the ways siblings can make potty training a breeze!

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5 Common Potty Training Concerns

Every child is unique in the way they go about potty training. Some are more difficult to train than others, which is no fault of the parent. Although each child is different when it comes to learning how to use the toilet, parents tend to share the same roadblocks. Listed here are some of the most common concerns parents experience when potty training.

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Effective Strategies to Prepare Your Child for Toilet Training

Toilet training is an exciting milestone in your child’s development. You finally feel that it’s time to take the next step to eliminate their reliance on diapers. However, an eagerness to complete this giant accomplishment and a lack of understanding about the process can cause significant frustration for you and your child. You may have read and listened to many experts on the subject of toilet training to prepare yourself for the experience, but the preparation is incomplete if you don’t help your child get ready as well. Your child will be a partner in this venture, and it is imperative that he or she is also adequately prepared. Using effective strategies to equip your child will help you go through this milestone with fewer frustrations.

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The Importance of Timing in Toilet Training

Timing is important for success in toilet training because the entire team has to be ready to embark on this milestone process. This team consists of the child, the parents and any childcare providers. The right time to start toilet training depends on your child’s readiness, the training methods, and your childcare needs. Is your child ready to drop their diapers and sit on the toilet? Your child will tell you in several subtle ways.