Potty Training and Dunkin’ Donuts……..

IMG_0100I’ve received 3 emails lately asking about potty training.

I made a YouTube video describing the technique that I’ve used with 12 children, (8 of mine, and 4 that we babysat). You can watch it here.

Since I’ve released the video, many moms have used the technique successfully.

Here are some of the questions that I recently received:

What is a good age to start potty training?

Suppose after 3 days of potty training, (using my system), the child is still having accidents. Do I stop training?

Should I use cloth training pants or disposable potty training pants?

I’d love to read your answers to these questions!

I think that every mom has her own opinion about the perfect age to potty train. Several of my friends start potty training their 6 month old babies with success. I generally waited until mine were around 20-22ish months, and that is when my system will work.

ALL of mine had accidents after three days!! I expected it! I still had to take them to the potty regularly throughout the day, but not every hour after the first 3 days. I would not, however, stop training them because they have an accident, or even several accidents the first week or two.  If the 3 days of training show NO success whatsoever, I would stop, and wait for a couple of months or so.

There are varying opinions on cloth vs. disposable training pants. My experience was that disposables are SO easy for ME, they were worth the extra cost. I also found that wearing wet  cloth pants did not seem to be an incentive to using the potty, as I thought that they would. My children didn’t seem to mind being in soiled training pants 🙁

Potty training can be frustrating and stressful, but it’s important not to make it a battle ground.

Keep smiling mom! I rewarded both the child and ME for successes. Dunkin’ Donuts and/ or Starbucks coffees were my rewards. Smiling for an extended period of time is much easier for me after a delicious coffee drink  🙂

I didn’t discipline my children or show frustration for accidents, no matter what. I felt frustrated many times, but tried not to show it.

What are your thoughts?

Bonni is the author of Mom By Example

About Bonni

What happens when a Jewish girl from Philadelphia falls in love with and marries a Christian hog farmer from a small rural town 85 miles from her home? Well, in my case, I became a Christian, but struggled to be the loving wife and joyful mother to my 4 young sons. This blog was born in order to share one tip a day that I learned, that could now help other moms learn to handle life with patience, grace and joy!