Five Potty-Training Myths - dummies

By Diane Stafford, Jennifer Shoquist

Part of Potty Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Potty training has a long, long history — the first babies on the planet were potty trained. In that long history, a lot of myths have sprung up, although many of the most prevalent seem to be modern creations. The most five common myths are debunked in the following table:

Myth Reality
Put your baby (12–18 months) on the potty and
she’ll learn what’s up.
The potty bowl may serve as a receptacle, but your child
doesn’t understand what’s going on, so she won’t
make true toileting a habit.
You’re the only person in the world who thinks that
forcing potty training is a bad idea.
You’re not alone. Some folks may tell you to push or
punish, but most doctors and child development experts say no.
Waiting until your child is ready is much more successful.
Your child’s life is ruined if you mess up his potty
Unless you’re brutal or hardhearted, your child will
survive just fine. But do keep the process low-key and let your
child lead the way.
Potty training is always a time of conflict for you and your
Not true! It can be a time of closeness and harmony with your
trainee trying her best and you cheering her along.
Professional caregivers are experienced potty-trainers, so let
them train your child.
Most childcare centers have a one-size-fits-all approach that
works for cooperative kids but flops with tykes who are hyper,
balky, ditzy, or otherwise quirky.