When it came to potty training Hayden, he was closer to 4 years old and it was actually not that hard as we did it in a whole weekend. For Olivia and Evie, they are only two but they are SO ready to be potty trained. They tell me when they just went to the bathroom, they follow me in the bathroom all the time and beg to sit on the toilet themselves. Since they are obviously ready, I thought we would kick off our potty training adventure – and it IS an adventure – with a party thanks to Pampers Easy Ups!
Summer is such a good time to kick off the potty training journey for many families. Many times parents are at home during the summer with all their kids and it’s a good idea to devote the summer to potty training if your little one is headed to preschool in the fall. There’s a preschool that I want the girls to attend in September but they have to be potty trained so I have extra motivation to get them ready!
To get this journey started, I decided to throw a Pampers Easy Ups Play Date Party with some other friends who were also about to start potty training or had just started. I decided to serve up some toddler-friendly snacks for all of the little ones along with the gift bags full of Pampers Easy Ups for them too!
I think if you make potty training a big deal that is a lot of fun, the kids will get excited too! They all loved reading the book It’s You and Me Against the Pee….and the Poop!
When we jump full into potty training, we will be using Pampers Easy Ups! They can help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like design that still helps keep accidental messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight. Pampers Easy Ups have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant to help simplify and improve the overall potty training experience.
Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant to help ensure little ones remain dry. Plus, with up to 12 hours of protection, it works during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers towards underwear.
- An absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant (Huggies® Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®) and ensures little ones remain dry
- Pampers Easy Ups® have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant (Huggies® Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®)
- Fun Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls
- A more underwear-like design for growing toddlers
- Graphics that fade when wet to help little ones learn
- Super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty
- Available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T
Potty Training Tips from L. Jana M.D
Promote potty learning. Instead of referring to your child’s transition from wearing diapers to using the potty as “potty training,” consider calling it “potty learning.” After all, mastering this eagerly anticipated milestone of childhood takes time, teaching, and plenty of practice and patience!
Take a teamwork approach. From the outset, I find it helps to keep in mind that potty training is a team sport. If you simply remind yourself that you are (and always will be) on the same team as your child, it can really help you stay calm in the face of potty accidents and be a much more positive and effective potty training coach.
Stock your deck. Part of the secret to your child’s potty success will involve being well equipped and removing any obstacles that stand between your child and potty success. Sure, this typically includes a fun trip out to purchase a brand new first set of coveted “big-boy” or “big-girl” underwear. But it also means having on hand other practical supplies that can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Pampers, whose Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.
Embrace success. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their failures. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with (and clean up) any messes and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.
Watch for the signs. There are several characteristic signs and developmental abilities you can watch for that suggest children are ready to potty train. These signs of potty training readiness typically include the ability to use their words to express themselves, toddle their own way to the bathroom, pull down their own pants, and to be aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping (characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to pee. Or when they start hiding behind the sofa or standing in a corner to poop. It is also helpful (and increases the likelihood of potty training interest) when children start to be bothered by their poopy and/or wet diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead!
Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be well-prepared to use the potty successfully long before he actually starts to. Reading fun and engaging children’s books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! (which I co-authored) can go a long way towards making the idea of potty training a family and eagerly anticipated one. You can take this familiarity a step further by letting your toddler accompany you in to the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it!
When we potty trained Hayden, something that really worked was giving him small rewards for going on the potty. It’s easy to make a reward box – just don’t throw away those old containers of Pampers Baby Wipes! Fill them up with small treats like candy, crayons, small books and fruit snacks!
I really can’t wait to get this journey started and I think this party helped us all feel a little more confident, easy-going and ready for the fun that comes along with the frustrations!
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What are some potty training tips you have?