Five Potty-Training Myths
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:
|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.