Why Summer Is The Best Time To Potty Train
A few days ago, my two-year-old son walked up to me and pointed to his diaper.
“Poop, Mama, poop,” he said urgently.
I sighed. “You have to go to potty?” I asked hesitantly, knowing this familiar dance well–namely, that I would race him to the bathroom and he would happily kick his feet on the toilet for a minute without result, then be on his merry way.
But this time was different.
This time, much to my astonishment and his delight at the crowd of sisters, aunts, and grandma that crowded around him, cheering, he actually went.
And I know, I know, if you are not a parent, you are probably reading this rolling your eyes and wondering how on earth anyone could waste breath or words on such a minute accomplishment–but if you do happen to be a mother with a child of potty-training age, you fully get my excitement here.
Because no diapers?
Is a very big deal indeed.
And with my son's progression, which embarrassingly enough, I didn't fully recognize, I've also realized that with more than a month left before school starts (and my new baby arrives!), I need to take full advantage of what is undoubtedly the best time to potty train–summer!
I mean, think about it–summer has all kinds of advantages to potty training, like:
- The ability to spend whole days outside–and keep the mess out of your house.
- Swimsuits that can take the place of training pants–and be easily rinsed out with a garden hose.
- Endless opportunities to bribe successful potty runs with popsicles–somehow I feel less guilty about that than candy …
- If the situation gets desperate and my son really, really has to go … well, nature calls, right?
And lastly, summer is the optimal time for potty training because it can be a great “trial” run for potty training. Sometimes, it's so hard to know when your child is ready to potty train. With my first daughter, I pushed too quickly and with my second, I almost waited too long. If you think your child may be ready, summer might be a great time to slap on a swimsuit, break out the sprinkler for an afternoon, and see how it goes.
Because like my son proved to me, sometimes, kids surprise you when you least expect it.
When do you think is the best time for potty training?