I am on baby #3. I have a 6 year old who potty trained at 3 1/2 years old. I have a 4 year old who potty trained at 3 1/2 years old.
I have the answer to “how to potty train”. Are you ready?
Plain and simple. There is not magic solution. There is no magic trick.
I don’t know what it is with today’s parents wanting to know the secret to potty training their child. (I just read in a forum that someone tried to potty train their one year old. That is not potty training your child, that is potty training the parent.)
I am not the type of parent to push or pressure my children into something. Especially something so trivial as potty training at 2 years old. So, we let it go. I figured she would only regress anyway and frankly, potty training a toddler with a nursing newborn with only me at home wasn’t going to work anyway.
We attempted again a few months later, but again, no interest. She knew how to potty on the potty. She was just too darn stubborn to give in because she was not ready to. (I have no idea where she gets her stubborn streak. Note sarcasm.)
It was finally at 3 1/2 when she had pretty much outgrown any disposable diapers we could purchase (short of buying my toddler Depends!) so I bought her some really cute and girl chonies and just gave them to her. I told her she was getting too big for her diapers so this was next.
She put them on, asked to sleep in them that night, and that was the end of diapers. No pressure. No “potty training”. It was her decision (which hello, what child does not like to feel like they are in control?)
Buddy was pretty much the same situation. His time. His choice.
I will do the same with #3. I do not see the point in arguing with a child. I see no point in pressuring the child. Life is so much easier when you just wait until their ready. Like I was told -
Have you ever seen a kindergartner in diapers?