Originally Posted by Kelly K
I was told by not only a family friend (from Russia) but also my daughters own pediatrician (English) that Americans potty train their babies very later than Europeans. Now this is what I was told and take it for what it is worth!
The girl from Russia had her daughter potty trained by 16 months and son by 9 months! She said it IS a lot of work! You must place them on their potty at least every hour. If they don't "go" or complain take them right off but put them back in say a half hour
instead of an hour. This I am sure takes a lot of dedication and I myself is going to start (today actually) with my now 16 month old! I'll have to give you an update.
Remember to always praise and maybe even treat your little one if they do "go"!!
Holding your child over a toilet all day is not considered potty training them. I could hold my 3 month over a loo all day too – but that won’t make him potty trained either.
Frankly if a child is ready and shows the signs of wanting to do so – I get the gradual ease into the issue. However I have seen many different posts regarding this similar issue – and I understand with all the other mommies that say – when your child is ready, that is the time to do so. Forcing the issue is not going to make it easier.
The only people that wear the “badges of honour” of I potty trained my child before they were one are the mothers who feel that the fact that her child walked at 7 months showed the world that she was a wonderful mother. Just because Sue down the road only potty trained her son at 2 because that’s when he was ready does not mean he won’t get into grad school and will spend the rest of his life living under the freeway , and it does not mean he had an awful mother either. It just meant that his mom was more in tuned to what HE needed and not what SHE wanted. I really hate this part of motherhood, where some mothers feel the need to be “superior” than other mothers just because their child had NATURALLY developed in a certain area faster than another’s.
I get what the poster is saying – personally I would just ease into it and make it more of something fun, so that her little one would enjoy doing it. If they showed that they are willing to do so, it’s worth a shot if you are not going to make a big deal of it.