Any parent who’s been through the potty training development phase will testify that it can sometimes drive you, well, potty. While some children are able to sail through accident-free before they’ve blown out the candles on their second birthday cake, for others it can take a little longer. And that’s totally ok. But beware the potty pressure.
One woman who’s recently found herself on the receiving end of the still-in-nappies judgement brigade is Katie Price. After sharing an image to Instagram of her three-year-old son, Jett, wearing a nappy, she received a barrage of comments from users questioning why he wasn’t yet potty trained.
“A bit too old to be wearing nappies isn’t he?” wrote one user.
“Jett is three isn’t he? He should not still be in nappies,” questioned another.
But other fans were quick to leap to the 38-year-old mum-of-five’s defence saying that children develop at different times and it isn’t a competition.
“What the hell is wrong with people so what he if he wears a nappy, get a life,” wrote one user.
“I work with children and many of them are still in them some all day some just at night,” added another. “Every child is different I have twin boys and I won’t be rushing them when the time comes they will do things in their own time not by being pushed by their parent!”
“Pull ups go up to the age of 7 for a reason. Could be any number of reasons. All kids develop at different stages. Don’t be so quick to judge. Mums are supposed to support other mums, not be giving out hate!” another angry fan commented.
A photo posted by Katie Price (@officialkatieprice) on Nov 23, 2016 at 10:35am PST
Other parents of three-year-olds offered up their own experiences of getting their children out of nappies.
“My daughter is three next month and wears pull ups to bed or if she’s poorly,” wrote one mum. “There’s no need to rush these things. Kids grow up too fast these days. They all get there eventually.”
According to the NHS website the time at which a child is ready to potty train has nothing to do with parenting skill, but in fact depends on when the child is physically able to control their bladder and bowels.
“Children are able to control their bladder and bowels when they’re physically ready and when they want to be dry and clean,” it says. “Every child is different, so it’s best not to compare your child with others.”
So enough with the potty pressure people.
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