The terrible twos aren’t really the time you want to push, try, implement, or force potty training. This is one of those times that your child is going through a growth spurt mentally and physically, possibly welcoming a new sibling, and having playdates with other toddlers. During this time as a parent you don’t know what’s going on, and your child sure as hell doesn’t know what’s going on. Now add into the mix that you’ve decided it’s time to inform them that those diapers they’ve been wearing the past two years have to go. I mean talk about information overload. Your focus at this time should be setting some boundaries to help everyone keep their sanity.
Now do you understand why I say wait until their 2 ½ to 3 years old. At this point they start to get a rhythm and their brain starts to digest the new system you are trying to implement. At three they are more verbal and really understand what you’re saying to them. You guys are having more of an engaged conversation. For the majority of you who start before two you’ll probably have weeks of stress, a lot of accidents, mixed signals, and regression. True the peanut gallery will tell you their stories of how they potty trained before 2 at 2 or around 2 but they don’t tell you about the pull-ups in the middle of the night and the hell they went through to make it happen. Don’t get me wrong there are exceptions to the rule for knocking it out before, at or around 2 but they are just what I called them exceptions! It’s perfectly fine to engage in their early curiosity about using the bathroom through books, conversations, videos, and action. Bottom line don’t stress the wee time it will happen!