So I was reading a book from the library the other day- in the little “me time” I get after the kids go to bed-and I ending up feeling like a horrible mother. This book was suppose to help not leave me with a gut wrenching feeling that I had already messed up my kids forever! The book was called Early Start Potty Training. Its premise was to encourage American parents to start earlier than later-that other cultures have their lil’ ones trained early in infant life. It stated that based on science and research that kids start potty training as early as three months and are actually aready to be finished with potty training by a mere 21 months…not the start at 2 years old like I have always thought and seen. Come to find out, the pediatrician that first stated that parents should look for the signs that kids are ready for the potty instead of forcing them too early was actually paid by Pampers! Pampers actually paid this doctor to say this as they released their newest addition to their product line- size 5 & 6 diapers.
So now I feel like a horrible mom cause my toddler is already 19 months old and I havent even started thinking about potty training! Needless to say, I stopped reading that book.
But the thought stuck with me. I remember it saying that often times because they have been in diapers so long, toddlers do not know where their poop and pee come from. So the authors encourage youngsters to go bare-bottomed to encourage self exploration and understanding. I had one night that there was a half hour between dinner and bath time so I let my toddler go bare bottom (thinking that he wouldnt do anything cause it was a mere half hour). Boy was I WRONG! He promptly went behind the couch and squated and pooped! Oh, and the book also said not to scold the toddler about accidents cause they are learning and this negative feedback could hinder the learning. But MY freaking kid just pooped on my living room floor!!! I tried- as calmly as I could muster that late into the evening- to put a smile on my face, tell my toddler he had to poop in the potty not on the floor, and clean up the stinkyness that had been deposited.