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If you have ever potty trained your toddler, or even if you haven’t but are facing the prospect of potty training, you know that it can be exciting, but also stressful. I have always thought that summertime is a great time to start potty training (if your child is ready). There are a couple reasons why. First of all, summertime in Western New York means less clothes. In the wintertime, toddlers look like small bumbling bundles of outerwear by the time you get them all bundled up. A cry of “I have to go potty,” minutes before you walk out the door is enough to send a saint running for the hills. Summertime means less clothes, so less frustration for little ones trying to get their clothes off and to the potty in time. When you can dress your kiddos in far less clothing (like my daughter below), potty training can be simplified!
One important thing that I have learned potty training my oldest daughter, is that consistency is key. Leaks, accidents and switching even a parent’s desperate switch to diapers overnight can feel like failure to these fledgling potty goers. We have always used Pampers Easy Ups to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to say good-bye their diapers (we like to have big diaper send-off ceremonies) and wear something more like underwear, but that still helps keep messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces, as well as Mommy sane. As potty training progresses, we have slowly weaned away from using the Easy Ups at home, and then on-the-go, and then finally overnight.
Here are a few tips from, Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert, that can help you on your journey to being diaper-free (woo-hoo!).
- 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!
Potty training can be frustrating, but my biggest tip is to remain patient. Your child will get there. Moments of frustration can cause set-backs, so just stay positive and know, that like all stages with children, that this shall pass too. And stock up on tools that will help you! Pampers Easy Ups have fewer leaks than the other leading training pants and have an absorbent core that holds 25% more to help toddlers remain dry and lose the diapers. I’ve also found that a potty ring can help, because when your rear is small enough to fall in, the potty can be a scary place!
1 lucky Parent Palace reader is going to get the chance to win an AMAZING prize pack from Pampers to help you get started on this potty training journey!
This prizepack includes:
* A package of Pampers Easy-Ups
* A Little Looster Step Stool
* A potty ring
* “It’s You and Me against the Pee… and Poop too!” book
* And a $50 American Express Gift Card!
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