We love our children, and we know you love your children, but sometimes, the expectations of child rearing don't match the reality. In times like these, it's nice to remember you're not the only one going through potty training setbacks. Parents around the world are dealing with the same frustrations as you.
Here are 5 ways that the potty training expectations don't meet the reality.
1. When you think it won't take more than a weekend or two
With all the articles that say you can potty train your toddlers in three days or less, you might expect that the whole process is going to be as easy as teaching a dog to eat a treat. But in reality, some kids just take long than others. Some might even take...years?
2. When being near the toilet isn't enough
Having a toilet training seat doesn't mean your child will successfully use it or aim for it every time. Be prepared to clean up a few messes over the course of each potty training period.
3. When they think they're too grown up for diapers
Kids want to exert their independence, it's part of growing up and understanding that they're individuals. But when that means they want to take their diapers off before they're ready, you might be trailing behind to clean up their accidents. May we suggest keeping a leakproof bedwetting mat on hand if you're going to let them use big kid underwear.
4. When you think you've done it before, so you can do it again
Every child is as unique as their DNA makeup. When it comes to potty training, you can never be too sure of yourself. It's going to come down to your child's individual learning style. Just remember not to blame them if they're not as easy as the children before them. They're doing the best they can, even when it doesn't feel that way.
5. Boys will be faster (or slower) to potty train
When you read potty training advice, it often looks like girls are "stubborn" and boys can be trained in a matter of days. We're here to tell you that this isn't always the case, and if it happens to be true for you, it's not because of their genders. Everyone is different – both boys and girls can surprise you for the better (or worse). Make sure you treat your children according to their personalities and not their genders when potty training...except for obvious differences in anatomy, of course!
When expectations don't meet reality, try the PeapodMats leakproof mats to prevent urine and odours from transferring onto the bed, couch, dining seat, or car!