Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Potty Training in Our Happy House: Let's Hear It For The Boys!

Today I'm so excited to have a "Boy Mom" perspective on Potty Training shared by Guest Blogger Sarah from Nurse Loves Farmer.  I found Sarah's blog several months back, love the pictures she shares of her two adorable sons, farm life and her faith.  Please welcome Sarah today as she contributes to our series "Potty Training in Our Happy House".
Boys Can Be Potty Trained at a Young Age Too!
 If not for my sister-in-law potty training my nephew shortly after he turned 2, I probably would have waited until my oldest son Braden was closer to 3 to potty train him. That's just what you typically hear in parenting circles - "boys take longer, and are way harder, to potty train than girls." WRONG. I call your bluff, world! Let's give the young males of the world a little credit, shall we? Toddler boys can be just as smart, or smarter, than toddler girls. I think generally little girls may show a keenness for potty training at a younger age, but boys (and girls) are ready by 22 months. Yes. 22 months. I didn't really start to think about potty training until after my son turned 2 and timing was right in our lives. I started reading up on the method my sister-in-law used, but I just felt it wasn't going to work for me. I tried my own thing the first day, tried to be positive, but it just wasn't going well. Luckily a friend called to ask me how potty training went the first day, and she recommended to me the 3 Day Method which she used with her twin girls. She sent me the eBook, which was really easy to read, and I was excited to try! Once we started the 3 Day Method the next day...I just knew it was going to work. I know that every child is a unique individual and what works for some, won't work for others. BUT, if you're interested in training your child at a younger age, the 3 Day Method works from 22 months on. They do not need to have verbal communication or show interest - it can work and it sure did for us. My son was trained at 2 years 3 months old and he had only gone pee on the potty twice, right before he turned 2 when we were on vacation with his older cousin who is potty trained. When we got home, he showed NO interest and would even decline when we asked him if he wanted to try. It was me who made the decision that I wanted him trained and I had faith in him that he could do it - and he did! Boy moms, I encourage you to have faith in yourselves and in your little boys that they can potty train at a young age too! There's no need to wait until they're 3 or older, unless that's what works best and is what you want to do.
Valentine's Day 2013Sarah is a nurse who married a farmer and is boy mom to Braden (3) and Ethan (7 months). She blogs at Nurse Loves Farmer and is embracing her life as a farm wife and loves God, photography, breastfeeding, and cloth diapering. Connect with her on Twitter and on her Facebook page.

9 comments :

  1. Great to hear. My son just turned 2 in April and started the potty training but we are not progressing. He still goes before sitting on the potty.So I am looking on new methods that might help:)

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    1. Have you checked out my 3 day potty training post? Hope its helpful: http://www.happyhouseof5.com/2012/09/potty-training-in-our-happy-house.html

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  2. Great to hear - will have to look into that method as I home hoping to start trying with my 2.5yr old little guy this summer!

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    1. I hope it works as good for you as it did for us if that's the method you choose.

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    2. Hi Jen, Summer is always a great time to train as you can let them run around naked if you need to :) Here's my post on the 3 day method: http://www.happyhouseof5.com/2012/09/potty-training-in-our-happy-house.html

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  3. Hey Sarah! I totally stumbled upon you over here by accident! I agree with you Noah was definitely ready 24 months it was me who needed to wait and I really wish I could have capitalized on the timing and his interest early in. We are giving it another go in two weeks. I will definitely be checking out this ebook!

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