Let’s hope Leighton doesn’t read this one day and say “mom, I can’t believe you shared all this about me on the internet!” = ) I remember when Leighton turned 1.5 years old and used the potty for the first time. She did number 2, and we were SO proud. I remember thinking wow, this isn’t so bad. We will have her potty trained in no time! She was actually very ready to potty train at that time. We bought her all the necessities to help potty train (keep reading to see my list below.) And then nothing. Sure, she would continue to use the potty at nights when we were at home, but what about when she was at in-home daycare? No one was helping to potty train her during the day. And on the weekends, we rarely sit still or stay at home. So she continued to do great at home, but she didn’t progress. But the most important thing about how to potty train a girl is to be patient, be consistent and know that they will do it in their own time, so I didn’t stress about it.
We just took it day by day and did the best we could. About 6 months later we enrolled Leighton in a preschool where they actually help to potty train the children. We were pretty excited about having some help since she spends 9-10 hours there a day Monday through Friday while we are at work. It took her quite a few months to adjust to a new preschool which is understandable, and then after a few months she finally started using the potty at school. By this point I had gotten so used to her just wearing pull-ups that I may have even been a little comfortable with our current situation. But I knew it was time. She was excited about potty training and was doing so well at school. We started making sure that when we did leave the house that we constantly gave her chances to potty wherever we were. The next week we starting putting her only in panties and after that week, she was potty trained! Now that it is all said and done, it really isn’t that bad. I promise you will survive mamas! Keep reading below to for the items that I recommend to help you potty train a girl.
How to Potty Train a Girl: Shopping List
1.) A Chart. You will want to keep track of their progress. Trust me, I thought I would be able to remember too, but I couldn’t. It’s so nice to have that record to look back on to see what happened before that accident so you can try to prevent it next time.
2.) A Reward. And a REALLY good one at that. We don’t do many sweets at our house so we chose to give stickers. Leighton loves them! I have found a couple brands that carry no sugar added gummies, and I think those would be perfect too. I’ve heard a lot of people like M&M’s too.
3.) Pretty Panties. I took Leighton to the store and let her pick out her own panties. She chose Minnie Mouse, Frozen and the Disney Princesses. She loves wearing them!
4.) Pull-ups. Leighton used them to help prepare her for potty training, and she still uses them during naptime and nighttime. They have the tabs on the side so you can easily get them off, but you can still pull them up and down like big girl panties. They are great to get them used to pulling their pants up and down when they need to go potty. Our preschool recommended them, and they really are so much easier than diapers.
5.) A Potty
. There were SO many potties out there. We searched for weeks before we finally settled on one. We decided to go with the Summer Infant My Size Potty
. We wanted to make sure that the potty looked and felt like a normal potty so that Leighton would like “a big potty” too and not have a hard time transitioning to a regular one. It has a place to store wipes in the top, and it even flushes and makes a noise. You can lift the lid up and down too.
The week that we started to really focus on potty training, there were a few things that we kept in mind.
How to Potty Train a Girl – Tips
1.) Be consistent. You need to be potty training all day and all night no matter whether your child is at home, with you or at school.
2.) Take them to the potty every 15 minutes even if they say they don’t have to go.
3.) Put them in big girl panties while you’re training them. Most kids do not like the feeling of being wet once they don’t have a diaper pulling away the moisture.
4.) Give them praise whenever they do use the potty and reinforce it.
5.) Make it a fun game to use the potty and ask excited whenever you go (even if it’s your 87th time for the day.) = )
6.) Make sure you give them their prize every time they go. Leighton had fun counting how many stickers she got each day, and she would try to actually get more each day than the day before!
7.) Try to stay at home (or make sure their school is at least doing the same thing.) When you’re on the go, it makes it so much harder for you to remember to take them every 15 minutes. It is also hard for your toddler to remember. Leighton also didn’t like using public potties, so it was easier for us to just stay at home that week until she was potty trained and felt comfortable using any potty.
Don’t forget to try to relax a little bit. I promise they will be potty trained at some point. If they’re not ready yet, just wait and try again when they are. Things will change so quickly. I never thought we would see this day, but it’s been months now, and I can even barely remember Leighton wearing diapers already. It was just like transitioning to the crib or getting rid of the paci. When you’re in that moment it seems so overwhelming and stressful. But once you’re past it, it feels normal and doesn’t even seem like a big deal anymore. I promise your child will get there! To help you with your own potty training journey, I am teaming up with Summer Infant
to give away a My Size Potty
to one lucky reader. Leighton actually kept hers and plays with it with her baby dolls now. She seriously loves it. = ) To enter, just use the widget below and good luck! What is your favorite Summer Infant product
? Do you have any more advice on how to potty train a girl? Let me know in the comments below!