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Mother's Instinct

Mother, Know Thy Child

The cost to the firstborn

They (whoever "they" are) say that we tend to make all the mistakes on our first child and the rest of the children benefit from our expertise and the first child's trauma. Whether this is entirely true or not is up to you. There are some things that, unless you were an older child in a large family, you probably won't be doing, or didn't do, until you have had children of your own. Potty training, along with other things you do with a baby, would fall into this category.

There are many books, tapes, CDs, DVDs and internet advice pages on the subject of toilet training and truly, each method has some merit. Again, each writer or publisher believes they have the corner on the intelligence of the methodology as well. It's a given. So, what is a parent to do?

Understanding and instinct

Perhaps one of the first things is to understand that each child is an individual and there is no cut and dry pattern which will be totally successful with each and every child. Because each child is born with their own personality and characteristics, the door is open to unlimited possibilities in exploring techniques - so don't try to force your child into someone else's mold.

Mothers tend to instinctively know their children and vice versa. How many men stand in awe of the magnificent ability of a mother to know exactly what her ten-month-old is saying when nothing vaguely resembling known speech is being emitted from the baby's mouth? Take this instinct further and you will begin to understand which method best fits your baby's needs when it comes to potty training.

When is the best time for potty training?

Some claim that the best time to train a child is between 18 and 24 months, while others hold tightly to the concept of infant toilet training, holding their babies over a potty at six months of age. Who is right? Again, knowing your child and understanding their levels of communication and comprehension as well as your desires for potty training all fit into the picture. It's important to define for yourself what potty training, as a parent, means to you - or - a better question might be, what does it mean to you to know your child is potty trained?

Beware of peer pressure

Sometimes the peer pressure of relationships with other young families puts pressure on the parent to perform, or at least to ensure their child is performing at an equal or superior level to "the other child". For your sake, and your child's sake, don't let peer pressure be the deciding factor for beginning potty training with your little one.

Pay attention to the child, his specific character and development and your instincts. They're all part and parcel of the process and by circumventing any of it in order to compete in the competent mommy category, you could end up doing more harm than good.

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