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I am a Pull-Ups First Flush Ambassador and I will be sharing posts as I embark on the potty training journey with my son.
Changing diapers for 2 or 3 years is quite a chore isn’t it? It is especially horrible when your child starts eating solid food. And if you are pregnant and morning sick, it’s miserable. (I’m not pregnant, but I’ve been there in the past, morning sick and changing super yucky diapers).
I’m sure you think you are ready to stop changing diapers, but is your child ready to say goodbye to diapers yet? There is nothing worse than trying to potty train a child that is not ready. You will do so much work and put so much effort into it, and you will not have the outcome you were hoping for.
Here are some signs that your child is ready to be potty trained.
1. Is your child is becoming more independent and loving the praise he gets from you when he does something by himself? This will help him respond well to the praise he will get when he goes potty on the toilet. He is old enough to understand positive reinforcement.
2. If it has been a while since you checked his diaper and it’s still dry, this could mean he is learning to hold it in when he is busy. My son would not go #2 until we got home from the store, or preschool. He didn’t want to go when he was in public. He would go in his room and be quiet for a while. Eventually I caught on and would have him sit on the toilet when we got home.
3. If your child has older brothers and sisters, he will notice that they don’t wear diapers and might want some of the cool underwear that brother is wearing. Spiderman was on key to our potty training success. Spiderman underwear.
4. Sometimes he would want to sit on the potty because I got him a really cool potty seat that sat on top of the toilet. It had the Avengers on it and he would tell me everyone’s name.
5. He’s realizing how uncomfortable the cold wipes are and hates having to get his diaper changed because of it.
Once your child is showing signs of being ready to start potty training you need to come up with a plan.
The first thing I did was go out and buy Pull-Ups. I swear by these things! They really work! I’ve used them on 5 kids and they have helped each one of them through this process. They have the most popular characters on them and different ones for boys and girls.
Why Pull-Ups? Well first of all, my son can pull them up and down without any help so they act just like real underwear. Also, Pull-Ups are designed to NOT soak up the mess as much as diapers so the child can feel that he is wet or messy. My kids don’t like this feeling AT ALL. I love Pull-Ups because I don’t have to clean up accidents and he can still feel wet and uncomfortable.
As I stated earlier, we purchased a fun potty seat that sat on top of the toilet. It had his favorite characters on it so he was excited about using it. I am not the type of person that would mess around with a potty chair that requires me to clean it out. YUCK!
Next I thought about how I wanted to reward him. He really likes treats, so we got a bag of M&M’s. He receives 2 when he goes potty and 3 when he goes poop. There are many different ways to reward potty trainers. You can print a grid on paper and get some fun stickers. Every time they use the potty they can add a sticker to the grid. When they fill up a row they get something bigger, like a candy or small dollar store toy.
Get out your timer. Set it for about every 20 minutes and when the timer goes off, set him on the potty. Give him a fun book to read while he is there. Make it a fun, positive experience. Talk about how mommy, daddy, brother, and sister sit on the potty when they need to go. Talk about how it’s totally normal and not scary at all.
When he is “done” (even if they didn’t go) give him praise! Let him have a treat or add a sticker just for sitting there. Let him flush the toilet and watch the toilet paper go bye bye. When he actually does go potty or poop, let him call daddy or grandma and tell them how big he is for going potty on the toilet. He will soak it in.
If he is scared or doesn’t want to sit on the potty, put the lid down, sit down and put him on your lap. Read him a book. Help him understand that it’s not a scary place. Some kids are scared of the sound the toilet makes when it flushes, give him some headphones or earmuffs and let him flush the toilet and he will get used to the sound eventually.
Let him watch daddy or brother stand up to go pee so he can see how to do it. Add a piece of toilet paper or a cheerio to the water and have him see if they can “hit the target”.
Did you know that Pull-Ups has an awesome web site called “The Big Kid Academy”? They have awesome resources available for potty training parents to use like a printable chart that helps you track your child’s accomplishments. They also have a celebration wheel that your child can spin each time they use the potty. You can follow Pull-Ups on Facebook and Twitter for more support and encouragement.
It will be fun to take this journey with you. My son is 3 now and ready to be potty trained. I can tell by his actions. He is ready to be a “big kid”. By the way, my boys were harder to potty train than my girls. So wish me luck.
What are some potty training secrets you have that have worked for your kids? How were your boys and girls different when being potty trained? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment and we can learn from each others experiences.