My youngest is now approaching the beloved age of 3 and we are entering the final saga of our potty training adventures in this house. The age of 3 is when they have a mind of their own. A personality unlike any other in the house. The determination to do the things they see others doing. This is when potty training is at its best.
Unless of course, you have the most stubborn child on the planet like mine. I love her to pieces but dear God, please just go potty already! She will only go when it’s HER idea to go. Maybe that’s just the 3 years of wisdom telling her that would be a great idea.
The Final Saga in Our Potty Training Adventures
My toddler WANTS to wear Easy Ups and use the potty, but that takes work. Something a 3 year old just doesn’t want to do. It’s like a glass wall. She can see the other side where the kids are wearing underwear and having fun without stinky diapers and wipes and showing everyone her bum when she’s lying down for a diaper change. But she just can’t quite figure out how to get over there.
Some Quick Facts about Potty Training
- Potty training is an exciting and eagerly anticipated milestone for toddlers and their parents. If your child is showing signs of readiness, spring and summer can be the ideal time to kick off potty training especially if your child is heading to preschool in the fall.
- Training pants such as Pampers Easy Ups can 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 design that still helps keep accidental messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.
- Pampers Easy Ups have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant to help simplify and improve the overall potty training experience. Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant to help ensure little ones remain dry. Plus, with up to 12 hours of protection, it works during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers towards underwear.
Ideas about Potty Training to Get Them to GO!
- 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.
- 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.
My toddler was so excited to try out Pampers Easy Ups and be a “big girl” and the stepstool is so innovative. How awesome is it for a toddler to be able to climb up to their own potty seat without worrying about falling? It secures around the toilet and makes the potty like a royal throne. It’s awesome!
When my daughter got this package in the mail it turned something on in her brain. She is now complaining when she wakes up in the morning of a wet diaper and she is encouraged to go poo in her new potty when she feels the urge. She loves to sit and read the book that came with the seat and stepstool. Now you can get your own potty training gift pack thanks to Pampers!
Potty Training Giveaway!
Come enter this awesome giveaway which includes the following:
- One pack of Pampers Easy Ups
- Little Looster Step Stool
- a Potty Ring
- It’s You and Me against the Pee… and Poop too! book
- $50 AMEX gift card