I haven’t touched on Potty Training in a while, but I am happy to report that we are still well and dry around here….for the most part anyway. We still haven’t mastered long car rides and bed time, but we’ll get there. I read somewhere: “They’ll get it eventually, you don’t see many people in college wearing diapers, do you?” And it’s true– you don’t.
Potty training was/is definitely an experience. It’s different for every child, but the outcome is always the same. And honestly, the excitement they get in their eyes is so worth all of the drama that may or may not occur during the whole process.
I decided to write down my top five potty training tips that have helped us so far! I’m no expert by any means, but these tips have definitely helped me along the way so maybe they can be of use to someone else! :)
1. Make it fun– We danced and sang every time she went on the potty. I think it truly made a difference because there would be some days that she’d go and before we even had the chance, she was already singing the special song that we made up for her, while clapping and dancing. In fact, we STILL make it a big deal because, if you think about it, it still is!
2. Be patient– There is nothing like potty training to really put your patience level into perspective. Seriously. You have to be as positive and patient as possible. If they feel that you’re frustrated, they’re going to feel frustrated too. If there’s an accident we’d always say, “Olivia, you have to go pee pee on the potty, not in your panties/on the floor.” And just kind of reiterate it every time there’s an accident. Having patience is key, and you’ll both be better for it.
3. Have an incentive– Little chocolates were our incentive. If she went pee, she got two. If she pooped, she got three. This really helped us. While I realize that not everyone is on the whole candy-as-an-incentive train, you can also try a sticker method. Take them to the store, let them pick out a set of stickers and every time they use the potty, they get to add a sticker to their potty chart.
4. Consistency– Another big one. We pretty much stayed home for the first week and a half when we started potty training Olivia. We wanted to make sure that we were as consistent as possible and taking her out to the store or to a birthday party just seemed like it would maybe confuse her. We checked and blocked out a week for us to stay home and did nothing but watch movies, go potty and eat our delicious incentives. Every 15 minutes: “Olivia, do you have to go potty?” After that week, we started slowly moving up, like trips to my grandparent’s house, or my-in laws. Still asking her the same question every 15 minutes.
5. Durable “Panties” for when she’s asleep– because we still haven’t mastered potty training while she’s sleeping or during long car rides (where she’s usually sleep, too), we use Pull-Ups in place of panties. Pull-Ups are easy to take on and off, mimicking the ease of big kid panties, and bonus points for them because they have Disney characters on them, such as Doc McStuffins. This really helps because she “wouldn’t want to go pee pee in her pretty Doc McStuffin panties, right Olivia?”
Speaking of Pull-Ups, they have this awesome site called Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy that’s full of really helpful tips, tricks, and fun ways to encourage your child to use the potty. Whether you’re just embarking on your potty training journey, or almost to the finish line, Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy has something for every stage! Some of the things they talk about are:
-Potty Training on the go
-The best clothing for Potty Training
-And much, much more!
In fact, I just read an article with tips on how to master potty training at night. So we’ll be completely potty trained in no time! The also have a really cool potty timer app, which is fun for the kids because it really gets them involved and makes potty training seem like something to look forward to! Click the “enroll now” button below to register your potty trainee into the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy today!