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Potty Training While Traveling

When a dad is trying to potty train his kids, there’s a lot that can go wrong. However, you do have a few things going for you, like the home field advantage of training your kids inside of your home.

However, life is what happens when you’re making potty training plans, and you end up losing that advantage when you go on a vacation. This puts a lot of dads in a bind. Should you cancel the vacation? Hit the snooze button on the training? Or something else entirely?

We’ve got some advice for you: don’t give up. We’ve created the perfect guide for how you can successfully potty train while traveling!

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How My Dog Prepared Me for Potty Training My Daughter

I know many parents may roll their eyes at comparing their child to their dog. I get that. However, since I grew up without any younger siblings or relatives, having a dog was my first time taking care of a living creature. To do my best for him, I needed to learn how to communicate more than anything else, and that served me well during bathroom training my daughter.

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!

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Potty Training While on Vacation

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.

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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

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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.

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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: