This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups.
This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups Training Pants. All opinions are my own.
Potty training, even the mere mention of those words can strike fear in the most dedicated of parents. This is a time where you are guaranteed to go through the entire spectrum of emotions. As with every other stage of parenting, some days you will laugh, other days you could cry – it just depends on the day!
Though helping your little one learn to use the potty is no simple feat, it doesn’t half to be a time that brings you to your wit’s end.
Some of the tips that I have learned are the simplest. Though I know many people that have had success by using candy as treats, other incentives or plopping them down on a toilet seat in front of a television set for hours until nature runs its course, it doesn’t always have to be so strict. Kids want to learn how to use the potty, they want to be grown up, they want to be like mom and dad or their older sibling.
First and foremost, have them join you for bathroom breaks. Though we all know that a bathroom break is the most coveted alone time a mom could have, it’s worth the sacrifice. Set their potty chair right next to you while you use the bathroom. You’ll be surprised to see how much they will mimic you at this time. Verbalize the steps, let them crumple up some toilet paper and put it in the toilet, and make sure to say “bye-bye” when you flush!
Hey, a cool potty seat is also a vital part of the toilet training experience. Nowadays they come in all colors, some themed with cartoon characters, and even some that play music when they’ve use the potty – so you will definitely be able to find one that your little one likes. Having something that is theirs, that they can be proud of makes sitting on the toilet more fun!
Last, but not least, using training pants can be an awesome motivator for toddlers. We always choose Pull-Ups Training Pants. These help my little one recognize potty training as a significant milestone in their development by providing independence and offering a consistent representation to your child of their potty training journey. What I’ve learned through all this is that Pull-Ups is more than just a training pant – the website has tons of simple ways to make potty training easy and fun for parents and children to start together, with guidance on how to tailor the journey based on your little one’s personality. In fact, 3 of 4 moms prefer Pull-Ups©!* Their award-winning design specifically helps teach potty training skills, they look and fit more like underwear, giving toddlers the independence to slide their pants on and off.
Above all, my best advice is always to keep it simple. Instead of spending valuable time coming up with the gimmicks and spending your money on things that may or may not work, allow your little one to feel like they are really growing up by wearing their Pull-Ups and using the potty like a Big Kid. Some incentives or candy might be a big time motivator for mom, but sometimes your little one just wanting to be a Big Kid is all the motivation they need. It’s different for every child and every family, but Pull-Ups is a huge helping hand in being that motivation.
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