My child will be interested in potty training when I want them to be.
False! Although their developmental readiness may coincide with your needs if you’re lucky, your little one’s body will determine when they are trained. Being able to hold their pee long enough to tell you they have to go or get to the potty isn’t easy and comes with time. That physical ability combined with self-motivation is key. When your child isn’t comfortable sitting in soiled pants anymore, that will trigger their need to solve a problem and head for the potty. Keeping them focused, encouraged, and comfortable is where you step in, and where Dee & Doo can make it more fun.
My child loves bananas and it's okay to give them plenty during potty training.
False! Bananas are a favorite with kids, and because they’re a fruit it’s easy to overdo it, but they are a constipating food that can make it harder for your child to poop in the potty without struggling. If your kiddo is a poopin’ champ then it’s not an issue, but if they find it painful to go and have been withholding as a result, try grapes or pears instead. Plenty of water is a great idea too!
Children are able to poop in the potty as soon as they can pee in it.
False! It can be months later! Some children find it frightening or difficult, which is one of the reasons we invented our bashful and friendly character, Dooley. Helping your child see pooping as natural and safe, eating foods that keep things moving, drinking plenty of water, and staying positive will all contribute to that first poop in the potty when the time is right!
Nighttime potty training may not happen until a child turns 7 or older.
True! Staying dry at night isn’t something you can really TRAIN. You can do things to help, like eliminating large bedtime beverages, making sure to visit the potty just before bed, and put sleepwear on your child that can be removed quickly and easily for trips to the potty overnight. The depth of your child’s sleep and other factors can play a role in bed wetting. It’s never a good idea to shame children, it IS a good idea to consult your pediatrician for advice!