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.
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.