I’ll be honest. I don’t have much to offer in the way of advice or tips when it comes to potty training. I wish I did. I wish I had THE answer, but the fact is, there just isn’t one. I fully believe that there is a window of opportunity in which you can be successful in helping your child learn to use the potty. I have been successful in finding that window for both of my children. For my son is was around 28 months old, and my daughter was sometime around 26-27 months old (but she still wears a diaper for nap and bedtime). I am not saying that this age bracket is when the magic window is, it just so happened to be for my kids. Some kids are interested and ready at 15 months and some are interested at 3.5 years. Like many have said before, your child will not be in diapers in high school, nor is “When did you finally learn to use the potty?” a question on any job application. I know that it’s less than favorable to change diapers, but it’s a fact of being a parent and it doesn’t last forever. You just cannot rush it. It can be hard not to feel the pressure when children around you are learning and yours doesn’t even have a remote interest, I get that. Forcing a child use the potty when they aren’t ready, simply won’t work.
The only things I did in helping my kiddos were let them be completely pant less at home, asked if they needed to sit on the potty about every 20-30 minutes, and figured out which reward they preferred. Madden was motivated by stickers and Harper liked stickers or chocolate chips. There were plenty of accidents and missed opportunities. Madden preferred the big potty from the start and Harper likes the little one still (which drives me nuts because I get tired of cleaning it constantly!!!). Harper still has occasional accidents randomly. They are annoying, but I don’t really stress about them. I know it won’t be this way forever. I am just thankful that when baby #3 arrives, I will have only one diaper to change! Woo hoo!
So there it is, folks. I’m sorry if you were hoping for the magic formula but I don’t have one. I wish you all luck in your potty training endeavors and I hope that you don’t let it stress you out too much because I assure you, IT WILL HAPPEN!