As a Madrina del Baño with Huggies Pull-Ups I had the opportunity to attend a teleconference with Dr. Alberto Andres Cotton and social media extraordinaire Jeannette Kaplun. Before the teleconference we were able to submit questions to each of them regarding our concerns with potty training. I was very excited to have my questions addressed.
Jeannette Kaplun and Dr. Alberto Andres Cotton
My question for Dr. Cotton and Jeannette
Since coming to the United States and working in Miami, what differences would you say there are with American Latinas versus Latinas moms in a Spanish speaking countries when it comes to potty training their children? Do we share
the same concerns?
Jeannette Kaplun: “I did not go through the process in Latin America so I cannot relate. But, I do notice that in Latin American daycares, they rush the potty training on children. That has also evolved, like in Argentina, they potty train depending on the child’s development. Other countries are more structured in the sense that once they turn 2-years-old, they already have to be potty trained to be accepted at certain daycares.
What I do notice is that in The United States there is a bigger conscience to not use punishment to discipline a child that urinates on their bed. Unfortunately, our Latin culture has the tradition of giving a child some type of discipline if they wet their bed. Sadly, in the long run, that complicates the process even more.”
Dr. Cotton: “I have faced many situations in which daycares require children at the age of two to already be potty trained yet, the child cannot even talk. We cannot force that upon our children. I went through the same issue when I moved from Argentina to the United States. The way of learning is shared in many countries all over the world. But there are some places that are more psychological when it comes to potty training. But most issues are shared around the world.”
Q #2 to Jeannette Kaplan
As a mother of a boy and girl, which would you say was harder to potty train?
Jeannette said, after having trained a little girl she realized she “would have to take a totally different approach” with her son. And it also took a little longer as well.
Since I have two boys, I plan on doing a little of the same that I did with my oldest with the little one. I recall trying to start potty training too soon and being so upset. Then I came to the decision that there was too many exciting events so it was best to wait. Once we got settled, Aramis trained like a champ and never had an accident. He let me know when he was ready, that was at 3 years and a week old. I’m hoping Ezra will train faster and just as effective.
I was very excited that both of my questions were addressed by the Dr. Cotton and Jeannette Kaplun.
Some information on
Dr. Alberto Andres Cotton:
A pediatrician born and raised in Argentina, Dr. Cotton has over 17 years of experience and is currently working and living in the Miami area. One of his notable achivements is working with the Miami Children’s Hospital Haiti Medical Relief Tea.
Kaplan is a media personality and parenting expert with over 17 years of experience. She is a leading Latina blogger and has won numerous awards for her bilingual platform. She has spoken at numerous blogging conferences that include; Blissdom, SheCon, Hispanicize and She Streams.