This week we talked to Jenny Phelps of Oh Crap! Potty Training about all things potty training. Jenny has worked with hundreds of families to create potty training methods and practices that meet their unique needs. She gave us so many great tips and insights that have already helped us potty train our kids!
She answered some of the most frequently asked questions about how to successfully potty train kids. Did you know there is an ideal age to start potty training? Between 24 and 30 months is the ideal time since children are not going through any other major milestones and so they can adapt to this change with ease.
The best way to start is to do full immersion where your child is bottomless for 2-4 days and you have the time to focus exclusively on supporting your child and creating the right environment for potty training. She gave us great tips on how to get started! And how to know when to proceed from immersion to the next stages of potty training.
Jenny also told us her favorite potty's and gear. Including what to do when you are in restaurants and how to navigate daycare and travel situations.
We also learn how to deal with the setbacks and regressions that are a natural part of the process and how pull-ups could actually be counterproductive to the potty training process.
Unconventional tips, like how a yellow SOLO cup can help you potty train.
How to deal with a child that is resisting potty training.
The answer to the question all mom's of boys have, do they pee sitting or standing?
We also talk about the most common mistake you need to avoid, and the 3 C's of potty training: consistency, calm and commitment.
We also share about our own potty training methods and adventures.
Noisy automatic flushing in public restrooms can scare young children. To de-activate the sensor place a post-it in front of it before your child sits.