I must confess, our first experience with potty training seemed SO easy. With my oldest son, it left us feeling confident in our potty training abilities. He was just over two years-old and after ONE weekend of timed sessions and jelly bean rewards, he was well on his way, with few day OR night time accidents.
The 2nd time around, potty training my youngest (who is 3.5 years old) has proven to be very different. We have actually worked on it for a while. Okay truthfully, ALL of summer. Some days left me feeling completely at a loss for how to teach him. Some days were far from successful.
You know what? This is OK and totally normal. Every child and every situation IS different. It is so important to not give up or get too discouraged! Even on those days that make you wonder if you have made any progress at all 🙁 stay positive, be consistent and know you are not alone! You just need to discover the tools that work for your family!
Is your child is ready to potty train?
DID YOU KNOW? Many children won’t start potty training sessions until around age 2 1/2 to 3 years old. Some children aren’t interested in potty training at all until they’re closer to 3 or 4!
Starting before your child is truly ready doesn’t always mean you’ll finish training sooner – in fact, it’s more likely that the process might just take longer.
If you think your child might be ready, consider the following:
- Are they staying dry during nap-time?
- Have they developed a steadier coordination and ability to stand, sit and even run?
- Do they urinate a fair amount (i.e. showing bladder control and maturity)?
- Are bowel movements on a somewhat predictable schedule?
- Have they expressed any “dislike” of wearing a wet or dirty diaper?
- Is your little one showing a general interest of others’ bathroom habits (such as following a older sibling to the toilet, or desire to wear underwear)?
- Do they give you a physical or even a verbal sign when he’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you?
- Are they entering a phase of independence and/or exhibiting pride in accomplishments?
- Have they begun to follow simple instructions, such as “let’s head over to the bathroom”?
Don’t worry, if your child is not showing ALL of the above signs at first, these are really good signals!
Check out more tips, tricks and advice from experts at Huggies! They offer a fantastic array of printable charts and on-line tools!
Our Potty Training Tips & Tricks!
- Be consistent! Stick to routines whenever possible! Our first stop in the morning is to the loo! It is also a big part of our evening routine! Potty time, bath, brush teeth, read a book, potty time and time for a night-time Pull-up!
- Be prepared! Our must-have supply list includes:
For the home:
A step stool
hand towel, hand-soap and/or hand sanitizer
Favorite game, toy, book or reward of choice in a convenient basket
A supply of Pull-Ups!
For us, Pull-Ups are a MUST-HAVE. They offer unique patterns that fade when wet helping Henry learn to stay dry! PLUS they offer easy-open sides PERFECT for the for potty “checks” and stretchy enough so they navigate like underwear!
New Disney designs feature Doc McStuffins, Ariel, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Lightning McQueen!
Potty training needs, while traveling:
We have a fun Cars themed (fold-able) travel potty seat! Henry LOVES this! I also keep a small pre-packed travel sized backpack which hosts his travel seat, travel wipes, Huggies Pull-Ups and a change of clothes!
- Offer plenty of praise & positive reinforcement! Jelly beans and a song on YouTube was all my older son wanted! Henry likes to read a book and prefers stickers on a simple chart. initially he was happy to just flush the toilet! PLUS Older brother often helps with encouragement!
- Get to know your child’s potty-time cues & habits!
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Now share your best potty training tips or stories with me! Trust me, I understand and would love to hear about your best or worst moments! Note: Yesterday I was literally and purposefully peed on, but today my son asked to use the restroom while traveling and successfully completed his mission!
Onward and upward, always! XOXOX