Parents can hold off on potty training when major life event comes up

If you have a major life event coming up, such as moving or having a new baby, you might want to hold off on potty training. True or False?

I chose: False

The correct answer is: True

Major changes can affect a child’s ability to learn to use the potty properly, so postpone the training if you can. Stress can also lead to constipation — when a child is anxious, she might wind up holding in bowel movements, which only makes it more difficult to go the next time. If you find there’s too much upheaval in your child’s routine, and it’s interfering with potty training, put her back in diapers and try again in a few months. If your child seems eager to learn this new skill, though, it can’t hurt to give it a try. Just know that you might experience some delays or setbacks — even kids who have been potty trained for months might regress and start having accidents.


Parents don’t have to do too much to help their child learn to use the potty

I firmly believe that as parents we don’t have to pressure ourselves to help our child learn to use the potty. Don’t feel guilty if your child developed late on this area compared to other children his age. Sure, there are plenty of books and videos out there to guide parents through this developmental milestone, and they can certainly help. But learning to use the potty is like learning to walk — eventually the light bulb will turn on and your child will take to it naturally. As a parent, your job is to show them what to do and cheer them on along the way.

This is 2 out of 2 Questions Correct as I took the Potty Training IQ test from

Should you begin potty training by the time your child turns 2 years old?

Took a quiz from on testing my Potty Training IQ and here’s the result for the first question:

Question 1 of 10
You should begin potty training by the time your child turns 2 years old.

My answer is FALSE and I’m Correct!

Although many children start learning to use the potty between 18 and 24 months, some aren’t ready until they’re closer to three or even older. If you push your little one too soon, it’ll make the whole process a lot more difficult and drawn-out for both of you.

Stay tuned for the next question.