Five Common Problems In Potty Training

By: Adwina Jackson

You have been collecting almost every guide to potty training, but you have not found this one which tells you the most common problems in this training process. So, you are lucky! You have come to the right place.

Now let’s take a look at them. You’ll know that you are not alone if you experience any of these problems.

1. A child who will urinate, but won’t poop in the toilet.

You’re a normal parent if you’re facing this problem! Your child is a pretty normal child as well! A child who urinates in the toilet, but won’t poop hasn’t made a connection between the toilet, urinating and pooping. Child psychologists aren’t sure why this happens, but they say you should show your child support. Talk to him about where the poop belongs, but do not try to force him to poop in the toilet. He’ll make the connection with maturity.

2. Children who are afraid of falling in the toilet.

Now this is an understandable concern! I’d be afraid of falling into the toilet too! First things first, did you buy the appropriate toilet cushion for the toilet? Is the toilet cushion secured to the toilet? Do you have a step stool to help your child get on and off the toilet? If the answers to all of these questions are yes, then the problem could be with your child’s maturity.

In this case, I would recommend trying a stand alone toilet. It feels more secure for a child to be on the ground level with the toilet. Maybe your child is not comfortable with heights and in that case a stand alone toilet could make a big difference.

3. A child hides from the pot and has an accident.

Ask yourself a couple of questions related to this one. Is your child ready to use the potty? I’m willing to say no if he’s running from the potty and hiding. It is critical at this point not to try to bribe, persuade, coerce, or threat your child to use the potty.

Remember, it’s all in his will as to whether he will use this potty. In this case, it looks like his will says no! There’s no right or wrong here. Some children will pick it up right away. Other children will do it when they get ready!

4. A trained child suddenly refuses to use the potty.

Never had this problem! I consider myself lucky! I can understand it if this is a problem you’re facing. It’s confusing for the parent. The child is a little bewildered as well. He may have just decided that he doesn’t want to use the potty just as easily as he decided he wanted to! The only thing I can say is you have to take it a day at a time. Show patience and understanding with a twist of restraint.

5. Children wetting the bed.

This is a common problem, so you’re not alone! Bedwetting is especially common in little boys. Doctors say boys urinary systems don’t develop at the pace of little girls. This is why bedwetting is a big problem for them. In any event, you’ll want to show you son or daughter a lot of love during this phase. We’ve talked a lot about that throughout this book. It is perhaps the biggest combination that will help you as your child reaches this milestone.

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