Ah, potty training. It’s the moment that you long for from the moment you change your baby’s third dirty diaper in a matter of minutes.
I remember training my first born like it was yesterday. She is stubborn like her mama and just did NOT want to do it. There were so many tears involved, she was frustrated, I was frustrated. Then we found something that worked for us. Before I knew it, she was trained! It’s now time to train Grey and I’m planning on implementing these same tips and though I would share them with you!
1. Let them pick their potty (and their undies)!
Its so simple! I remember going to the store that Ada could pick out her potty. There are a LOT of choices! We ended up buying her a pink potty with a princess crown on it, how fitting. The potty had a sensor that would play a song when it was wet which is brilliant. The element of surprise and positive reinforcement all wrapped up in one little pink product. It also doubled as a step stool which was handy for washing her hands after. We also let her pick out her own undies. Of course they were characters- princesses to be exact. We said “You can’t go potty on Ariel, she would be so sad!” That seemed to work with Ada. She didn’t want to get her pretty princess undies wet!
2. In the buff…
Yep, you read right! We let her wander the house without clothing while we were potty training. This way, when she had to go she could just run over to her potty and go without worrying about her layers. I think this also helps with accidents- when they have one, they SEE what it is they are doing. I think it really helps make the connection the what they typically feel. We did the same at bedtime (she wore light jammies) and invested in a waterproof mattress cover.
3. Don’t be above bribery.
We tried for about a month and failed miserably at potty training. It finally clicked for us after Easter. We RARELY let the kids have candy, but alas, the Easter bunny brought chocolate kisses. We tried the potty again, this time with the promise of a chocolate kiss if she went. Y’all it worked. I know many parents who have used a chart too. The chart is a great method if your child is old enough to understand!
4. Positivity and Patience.
These are SO important! We acted like it was the greatest thing in the world when we had a successful attempt on the potty. We clapped, jumped up and down, made up songs. I wanted it to really click that what she did was wonderful and that I was so proud. The other side to that is the most important, I think. Patience. We had so many failed attempts. I wanted to cry, rip my hair out, hide under a rock and hire someone to clean the floors and the laundry. I kept it together and took many deep breaths. It was important for me to not let her see me stressed out. The last thing I wanted was to have her associate her failed attempts with my frustration and give up completely in fear of letting me down. So make potty training FUN.
5. Great products make a difference.
Not all toilet paper is created equal. I think that is something everyone can agree on. We all love the comfort of our own toilet paper. We’ve all been subjected to toilet paper that just doesn’t measure up to our own once in a while. We are big fans of Family Care brands from Kimberly-Clark, specifically Cottonelle. The Cottonelle GentleCare Double Rolls are enriched with Aloe & E and dermatologically tested for sensitive skin!
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