Blogging Ask Dr. Sears: 13 Toilet-Training Tips to Know Before You Start

Blogging Ask Dr. Sears: 13 Toilet-Training Tips to Know Before You Start

Alejandra Valera
Mar 4, 2008

Your little one is finally at the point where they have decided they're too big for diapers. (Woo-hoo!)

Or perhaps you have decided you've just chucked your last poopy diaper? Whatever the case may be Dr. Sears, our favorite Attachment Parenting guru, gives 13 toilet-training tips you should know before you begin the potty training process.

Dr. Sears emphasizes that toilet training is a partnership between you and your child, therefore consideration of both parties' feelings should be taken into account. He humorously writes, "You can lead a baby to the bathroom, but you can't make him go."

If your child is one of the last one on the block to be potty-trained, don't feel like a failure. He adds, "As with eating and sleeping, you can't and shouldn't force a baby to be dry or clean, but you can set the conditions that help baby train himself."

A healthy attitude is paramount! Dr. Sears suggests you "....approach toilet-training as an exciting interaction rather than a dreaded task." Children will pick up on this and often reflect your attitude.

The article gives great insight on how to approach the process in a logical, stress-free manner. We loved what Dr. Sears had to say at the end of the article:

Toilet-training is so difficult for parents and a battle for toddlers because: The infant was encouraged to use the diaper as a toilet, so the toddler has to unlearn what he has previously been taught. The child has not yet developed body language to make the connection between feeling and going, since prior to toilet-training, parents were not looking for these cues and the baby did not give them. Toddlers, especially boys, are on the go and the last thing they want to do is 'sit still' on the potty.

To read the complete article, visit Dr. Sears' Web site.

What can you share with us about your child's toilet-training experience?

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