Potty training is probably one of the hardest skills for children to learn and for parents to teach. We all know that some parents have that child that trains successfully overnight and at the age of 2. And then there’s the rest of us. Potty training can be frustrating and difficult for both you and your child – but the end result is your child with a new independence! My son has just concluded potty training and he’s done so well. He was my first child so it was a learning experience for both of us. After reading other tips and suggestions the best advice to start with is to know that every child is different. You know your child best and what works for someone else may not work for your child. You may have to try a couple different approaches until you find the method that ‘clicks.’
Some Tips for Potty Training Success: What Worked For Us
Look for signs of readiness
Leading up to potty-training, look for signs that your child is ready. For example, our son started keeping his diaper dry while out for extended periods of time and overnight. He also expressed interest in the potty seat we had purchased for him. We simply bought it and placed it in the bathroom, letting him know it was there. No pressure.
When you get started, have all you think you might need. The first few days of potty training can be a lot of work. Some parents like to start with a potty chair, or a seat that fits over the existing toilet. Or, you may just want to start with a step-stool up to the big potty – whatever works best for your child! Pick up essentials like Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, incentives that will motivate your child, like stickers or other rewards.
Use an incentive based system
We used a chart and stickers, with an end result reward, such as a toy or a trip to a place of his choice. At first, he was rewarded for simply trying to use his potty, then for successful attempts and then for telling us he had to go. We built on our son’s successes.
Help your child feel successful through the ups and downs
Huggies Pull-Ups have been terrific during our son’s potty training. I love the easy open sides and the fit is just like underwear – making them easy for our son to get on and off. My son loves the Disney Cars Design. While potty training, there will be ups and downs, so Huggies Pull-Ups help your child feeling successful, especially as they learn how to tell you when they need to go. Accidents were upsetting for our son, and with the Pull-Ups, he was able to feel successful and eventually learned to get to the bathroom in time!
Keep it simple
At one point in our training, I realized we were beginning to focus TOO much on the potty training. It was all we talked about and focused on with our son and I did not want him getting turned off by the constant focus. We took a step back and let it happen a bit more naturally. In the end, he did better without potty training being the #1 focus.
You can buy Huggies Pull-Ups both in store and online from Walmart.com for the low rollback price of just $8.97! I went to the store this time, but I do love that you can shop online and have it shipped to store or your home. I was able to stock up on Pull-Ups and flushable wipes with such a great price!
What are some of your potty training tips?
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