April 25, 2016

Potty Training Tips + Pampers Easy Ups Prize Pack Giveaway!!

Leighton only recently turned a year and a half, but for the past month, I have had potty training on my mind more and more.  I don’t think we’re quite ready yet, but I know it’s coming soon.  It’s never to early to at least start getting prepared, whether that is buying training pants, a potty or anything else to help your toddler learn.  I know in other countries potty training is done much earlier, but did you know in the US, the average age for potty training is actually one and a half to two and a half years old?  That puts us right on target to at least start thinking about potty training in the near future.  I just ordered Leighton her first potty and bought her some training pants last week, and I’m ready to let her start exploring some. 

Potty training is a big milestone for toddlers, but it can also be so stressful for adults.  It can seem like such an overwhelming process, as most everything is with children.  I remember being so overwhelmed about transitioning Leighton to her crib and just a couple weeks ago weaning her from her paci.  They all ended up being much harder in my head than they were in reality, and I’m glad to have those milestones behind us now.  I know potty training will not be nearly as quick or easy though.  This month Pampers is teaming up with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored It’s You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! to help share some potty training tips.
1.  Promote potty learning.  It should be enjoyable, and it takes a lot of time and patience.  It is a learning opportunity for both toddlers and parents.
2.  Team spirit.  It is important to not only be your child’s training coach, you should be their biggest fan!  Remember to stay calm and remind your child to not worry if they have an accident and just try again.
3.  Be prepared…to not be prepared.  Potty training can be so unpredictable.  One of the only ways you can be prepared is to have the proper supplies on hand.  The rest will take time.  Just go with the flow and encourage your little one the best you can!
4.  Celebrate every win.  Children can learn from both successes and setbacks.  Help your child clean up your messes and celebrate your child’s efforts.
5.  Watch for signs of readiness such as words, toddling to the bathroom, pulling down their own pants and feeling the sensation of peeing or pooping.  When a child starts being bothered by their messy diapers, it can serve as good motivation for using the potty instead.
6.  Start making connections.  Make up a fun song or read your child a book about potty training.  This will only make it more familiar to them so they won’t be intimidated or afraid.    
Pampers Easy Ups come in sizes 2T through 5T with fun designs like Thomas & Friends and Dora the Explorer.  They have a more underwear-like design for growing toddlers.  One of the cool features about these training pants is they feature a graphic that actually fades when wet to help your toddler learn to feel and see when they are wet.  The stretchy sides make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty.  They work during both day and night and provide up to 12 hours of protection.
To help you prepare for potty training, I’ve teamed up with Pampers today to give away a Pampers Easy Ups prize package that will include Pampers Easy Ups and Pampers wipes.  Good luck!
P.S.  Want more potty training tips?  Make sure to check out the Pampers twitter party this Thursday at 8:00pm CST with @Pampers and Dr. Laura Jana.  Dr. Jana will be sharing her tips to help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones and their parents too.
This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers.  I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

74 thoughts on “Potty Training Tips + Pampers Easy Ups Prize Pack Giveaway!!”

  1. My advice is don't rush it. I pushed & pushed Ella and she fought back with every fiber of her tiny being! It wasn't until I backed off & gave her space that she finally came around. She's stubborn like that though!

  2. My best potty training tip is to have a reward system. My son was so excited to go to Mcdonald's and play in the play area and get ice cream. It also helps to stay consistent and make sure you are able to stay home for a few days while potty training.

    Kristin Goodson

  3. My best potty training tip is to have lots of patience and have a great reward system set in place! It's best for your child to always remain calm and praise them with a job well done afterwards.

  4. don't make a big deal when they have accidents. Just remind the kid where potty is supposed to go and then move on. You don't want them to become anxious about potty training. 🙂

  5. I think consistency, a schedule of some sort, and a reward system are key with working with any child in anything- or just kid life in general. I have 2 daughters, one is ten and one is in the middle of potty training at 3. My older daughter was fully potty trained, pee and poop by 3. and My 3 year old is fully pee trained at this point but is having a hard time with the poop…. she just will not go on the toilet…. we have a seat that goes on the toilet… Another one of my tips is buy a potty chair- the big toilet sometimes scares/intimidates them- and you can put the potty chair in the living room or the room where you spend the most amount of time and when they need to go, they can walk right over to it and use it- rather than ask you to take them to the bathroom and turn the light on etc.
    I actually heard an 'old school' tip that makes a sort of 'mess' but seemed to work for me, for this child- as soon as they seem like they are ready to train- start letting them walk around ALL DAY with no diaper- every time they pee on the floor or start to pee- say "STOP!" and hopefully they stop- and you can run them to the potty, where they will finish. If not, they will eventually learn that they can't keep peeing on the floor or whatever because they wont like the feeling of being wet or helping you clean up. It seemed to work for us.
    I need tips for helping potty train the pooping part lol!

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