Potty training is equal parts exciting and terrifying for all parties involved. Children can’t wait to wear their “big kid” underpants, and parents inch their way to a day where they will not longer have to change diapers. Potty training is an endeavor that requires significant patience and practice; make sure to follow these tips to ensure an easier transition and avoid potential plumbing problems.
Methods of potty training vary across books and doctors, however, some things should always remain the same.
Baby wipes belong in the trash, not down the toilet. Your toilet simply isn’t up for the task as wipes were not made to dissolve in water. When flushed, they can cause serious plumbing problems. Some wipes claim to be flushable, however, even these have been known to cause problems. It’s best to play it safe and throw them in the trash. Your plumbing system will thank you for it.
You’ll likely be right next to your kid during most of the potty-training process, so this shouldn’t be a concern. However, it’s important to show them early on how much to use to avoid future clogs and wastefulness. Because toilet paper is perforated, you can show them how much to use by counting the squares.
When demonstrating toilet paper usage, also take the time to remind your child that only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet, not wipes, paper towels, toys, or any other item.
Should your child flush a toy, washcloth, or any other item down the toilet, you may have a severe clog on your hands. If a plunger simply isn’t cutting it, call a licensed plumber right away. In the meantime, turn off the water supply using the shut-off valve, which is located behind your toilet. Doing so will help prevent water damage in your bathroom.
Potty training can be a trying time. Avoid added stress and potential problems by following these tips! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this comic.
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