Like every parent ever, I hate changing diapers. It requires the seeing, smelling, and touching pee, poop; and that’s not including the times that they do not want to be changed so you have to chase them around half naked hoping they don’t get whatever is on them all over anywhere else.
On August 14, Cydney turned eighteen months old. I had been looking forward to that day for about two months because THAT was the day I decided I was starting potty training. While some would consider eighteen months old young the most important thing about knowing when to start training is WHEN THEY ARE READY. I had noticed for about a month or so that Cydney would “hold it” until she couldn’t anymore.
I gave it another month to figure out her schedule and to further get used to controlling when she had to go. Before I even sat her on a potty, the former psychology major in me couldn’t resist re-reading Sigmund Freud’s steps of psychosexual development. While his teachings are just about all theory, they logically make sense. In a nutshell, how you as a parent handle potty training a child can have adverse affects on their personality if they are traumatized through the experience. After making potty training scholarly, I woke up the next day ready to tackle this and be on the road to having a little more money in my pockets from not buying diapers.
Always start potty training when they child is ready. The biggest telltale sign is that they go long periods with dry diapers. Girls typically are ready for training somewhere between eighteen months to three years old and boys a usually ready closer to three until four years old. Fortunately my first go round was ready much earlier than that.