Potty training is a big transition for kids, and it can often be a challenging time for both them and their caregivers. I have been trying to potty train my 2 year old daughter, Kayleigh, for a couple of months now, and it can get a bit frustrating at times. Here are a few tips that I have found that help both Kayleigh and I to be a little more relaxed with this whole process. If you are currently potty training, or about to start potty training your child, I think these tips will help you too!
1. Don’t Rush It – Potty training is not something that can be rushed or forced. If your child is not ready to go on the potty, and you try to force them into it, you may do more harm than good. It is best to start potty training when your child shows signs of being ready. If you think your child may be ready to start potty training, take this quiz to find out!
2. Use Sign Language – It can be hard for kids to vocalize their need to use the bathroom, so teaching them the sign for potty can make it easier for them to let you know when they need to go.
3. Implement a Reward System – A great reward system can be just the encouragement a child needs to use the potty. Positive reinforcement is a great way to make your child feel proud of their accomplishments, and want to continue using the potty. A reward chart with stickers and/or a jar of small treats, specifically designated for rewarding a successful potty session, is a great way to keep your child interested in potty training.
4. Get a Training Potty – It is not uncommon for a child to be scared of using the big potty, so offering them a smaller, toddler-sized potty to use in the beginning is a great way to ease them into using the potty. Once they feel comfortable going on the training potty, they are more likely to try going on the big potty. The one I use with my daughter Kayleigh has a seat that lifts out to fit onto our toilet, and the base turns into a step-stool, for when she is ready to use the bigger potty.
5. Use Pull-Ups® Training Pants – Pull-Ups® Training Pants are a great way to transition a child from diapers to underwear. A child is likely to have many accidents while potty training, so using Pull-Ups® Training Pants is a great way to keep the mess contained, and also get them used to not wearing regular diapers.
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I recently picked up a pack of Pull-Ups® Training Pants for Kayleigh. She absolutely loved the Doc McStuffins character on them. She was not scared at all to put them on, they fit her very well, and she seemed very comfortable in them.
The sides also open really easy, so she can take them off by herself when she feels the need to go use the potty. If she wants, she can also take them off like a big kid, because the sides are really stretchy and will just pull down over her legs, like underwear. I love that they also have unique patterns that fade when wet to help her learn to stay dry. Other Disney designs available are Ariel, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Lightning McQueen.
Hurry and grab this great deal before it’s gone, and good luck on your potty training adventure! For more tips and tricks, visit the Pull-Ups® Training Pants website.