Potty training can be a daunting task, but it is a necessary one! If you have a toddler or preschooler, you’re probably looking for some tips for potty training them so you can both look forward to dry days and nights.
Thank you to Pampers for sponsoring my Pampers Easy Ups Potty Training Party and these tips on the blog.
The Potty Training party was a blast! I invited over a few moms that are in the midst of potty training, and we dished tips and advice and first-hand experiences.
The first 6 tips here are adapted from advice by Laura Jana, M.D., co-author of the book It’s You and Me Against the Pee… and the Poop too! The last 4 are tips of my own. I know a little something about potty training as a mom to 5 kids ten and under. I am still surprised every time it’s time to train the next one, though. They’re all so different.
Top 10 Tips for Potty Training
1. Promote potty learning. Alright, so I already broke one of my own tips. How about referring to it as potty learning instead of potty training? It conveys a more patient outlook on the process, don’t you think?
2. Take a teamwork approach. Don’t forget that you and your child are on the same team! Try to stay calm, even when things get really messy or your child regresses during the process.
3. Stock your deck. Think about all of the supplies you’ll need before you get started. Big boy or big girl underwear, stepping stools, potty seats, training pants like Pampers Easy Ups, lots of hand soap, and a boatload of patience.
4. Embrace success. Yes, there will be accidents. Teach you child to help clean up when things get messy, but really celebrate their successes! Hugs, positive affirmations, stickers, or even a special snack can really encourage more potty time successes.
5. Watch for the signs. Can your child tell you when they need to potty? Can they walk to the bathroom themselves and pull down their own pants? Have you noticed that they are aware of when they pee or poop? (I know y’all know what I’m talking about. Who has that kid that hides behind the recliner in the living room to squat and poop in their pants!?) These are great signs that they are ready to learn.
6. Start making connections. Watching movies and reading books can help get kids excited about using the potty. You and Me Against the Pee! (co-authored by L. Jana, M.D.) can help get kids comfortable with the idea of going to the bathroom in a toilet instead of the comfort and familiarity of their current diaper or Pampers Easy Ups.
7. Know that you’re not alone. No matter how young or old your child is and no matter what crazy things you are experiencing, there are other parents out there that are dealing with, or have dealt with, the exact same struggles. Find more potty training advice on Pampers.com and don’t be afraid to talk to other moms to see what has worked for them.
8. Don’t give up. If it isn’t going well after the first few hours, it’s really hard to stay motivated to keep it up. Honestly, it just takes time. There are a few kids that potty learn in just a few days. Then again, there are kids that take a few months to get the hang of it. If your child is showing all the signs of readiness, keep at it. They’ll get it and it will be worth it!
9. Start potty training when you’ll be at home for a few days. It is so much easier to focus on this serious lifestyle change when you can actually attend to your child around the clock for a few days. That’s usually a great jump start to get them used to using the potty. This requires a lot of undivided attention to be the most effective, so plan a time and stick to it.
10. Throw a party. Make the process FUN! Invite friends. Have them talk about using the potty or the cute characters they have on their Pampers Easy Ups or big kid underwear. Sing potty songs. Read potty books together. They love to talk about things going on in their lives with their peers, and potty time is no different.
About Pampers® Easy Ups
Potty training is an exciting and eagerly anticipated milestone for toddlers and their parents. If your child is showing signs of readiness, spring and summer can be the ideal time to kick off potty training especially if your child is heading to preschool in the fall. Even when the timing is right for child and parents, potty training can still be stressful. Parents want potty training to be a positive journey for their toddlers, but leaks, accidents and switching from training pants to diapers overnight can feel like setbacks.
Training pants such as Pampers Easy Ups 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.
Pampers Easy Ups have the following Features:
-An absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant (Huggies® Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®) and ensures little ones remain dry
-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
-They are available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T
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What are your best potty training tips and tricks to share with other parents?
I hope you’ll give Pampers Easy Ups a try in your quest for freedom from the diaper!