This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.”
From the time your baby is born, he or she embarks on a crazy journey of daily change. As they approach toddler-hood, those changes slow down a bit, but eventually lead up to one really big change – the transition from diapers to using the potty!
But how do you know your child is ready to go pee or poop on the potty?
Toddlers give many behavioral and developmental cues that they are ready to be potty trained. As a first-time mom, I didn’t realize what those were, but now that I’m on my third time around, I feel like I have a good grasp of what to look for.
I prefer to potty train in the spring or summer when the weather is warm enough to spend some time outdoors for the days we’re actively training, and it’s a good time for many toddlers getting ready to go into a preschool class that requires potty trained children (the 3 year old class at our preschool requires this).
6 Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train
There are many signs toddlers give to indicate they are ready to potty train. Here are the top 5 potty training signs I like to see:
- Ability to use their words to express themselves
- Can pull down their own pants
- Aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping (as in, they stop what they’re doing to pee or poop)
- Bothered by wet or poopy diapers
- Start hiding behind the sofa or standing in a corner to poop
- Curious about bathroom activities
5 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Potty Training Experience
Potty training can be stressful for parents and toddlers, alike. There are a few things you can do to guard against setbacks.
1) Be consistent in terminology and routine – Refer to your potty as a toilet? Make sure to do so every time. Toddlers can get confused by the different terminology, but will pick up on the term you use for the potty/toilet really quickly. Same goes for which bathroom you use. If you have multiple bathrooms, choose one as the primary potty training location, and make sure your toddler understands where it is. It is important to let them try out using different potties, but in the first days, simplicity is key.
2) Use training pants instead of diapers at night and on road trips – Going from training pants to diapers overnight can be confusing and possibly cause setbacks. I find this to be especially true when I forget to change the diaper first thing in the morning. That morning pee done in the diaper instead of the potty can set back our entire day! Training pants like Pampers Easy Ups allow you to ditch diapers altogether. Training pants make toddlers feel like they’re wearing underwear, but they are really as absorbant as diapers and help keep accidental messes off clothing and bedding.
I like Pampers Easy Ups because they have an absorbant core that’s supposed to hold 25% more than other leading training pants, keeping little ones dry for up to 12 hours! Perfect for day or night use.
3) Stay positive – Toddlers respond really well to positive feedback. Make them feel like a big kid by helping them avoid accidents; the best way to help them avoid accidents is to make sure they’re attempting to use the potty frequently throughout the day. I like to ask them to visit the bathroom about once every hour to get them used to the process. Avoiding accidents helps everyone stay positive and gives your toddler confidence in his or her abilities. When an accident inevitably occurs, help your child learn to cope with it and make sure not to dwell on the issue. Focus your attention on celebrating your child’s successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement. Every little win is a step in the right direction.
4) Reinforce the message – Find videos or books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! Reinforcing the “going to the potty is good” message makes a trip to the bathroom fun and exciting for little ones. If your toddler is scared of using the potty, make sure to let him or her accompany you on bathroom trips to show that mommy isn’t scared!
5) Equip Yourself Properly – Pampers provided me with a handy step stool and potty seat to use in my potty training endeavors. I have to say, my little guy (2 years old) LOVED it! He immediately knew what the step stool was for, and hopped right up on the potty. The potty seat allows him to sit comfortably without falling in the bowl. 🙂
Until now we had primarily been trying to get him to use his kiddie sized potty, but I personally prefer him to go on the regular potty so I don’t have to clean the bowl out!
So this combo is much more ideal – a potty training seat and a Little Looster step stool!
Finishing the Potty Training Process
Pampers sent me a potty training package to help me finish potty training my third child. I couldn’t be happier with the items I received. They sent me the items pictured below – a potty seat, It’s You and Me Against the Pee! book, Easy Ups, and a Little Looster step stool.
Until I received my potty seat, I had been haphazardly potty training my little guy on a tiny potty, only to have him get confused about why I was using the big potty instead and why I had to clean out his little potty instead of just flushing it. He is full of so many questions! 🙂 My girls didn’t have those types of questions, so I wasn’t properly prepared this time around.
While all of his questions were super cute, I realize now that I could have made this process a bit easier by just going straight for the big potty with the right set of tools. Whereas before he struggled to get up on the big potty at all, the Little Looster step stool makes that a breeze.
With only a few days into the new “big potty” process, he’s really starting to get it, and I think our days of the little potty are behind us! Yay for me! No more having to clean out smelly poop! 🙂
Want to Win a Potty Training Prize Pack of Your Own?
Pampers is offering one lucky WhatMommyDoes reader a chance at winning the exact prize pack I received above!
Here is what you’ll get:
- a $50 AMEX gift card
- a Little Looster Step Stool
- a pack of Pampers Easy Ups
- a Potty Ring
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