If you’ve been following along our potty training journey, you’d know we officially started this about 7 months ago. Thinking about it like that it seems like a long time! But considering Isabella was only 2.5 years old when we started it really hasn’t been that long. We’ve learned a few things along the way that I thought I would share with you.
1. Read the signs.
You’ll know your child is ready to start potty training when they don’t like to be in a wet diaper, start to pull it off themselves, and are able to pull down their pants.
2. Block off time.
You probably have noticed a lot of headlines that included potty training in 3 days. If your child is ready, it can definitely be done! Block off your time and make plans to spend the entire 3 days at home with a pantsless child.
3. Find a method that works for you.
Some may say to set a timer and put your child on the potty every 20-30 minutes. This didn’t work for us. Isabella fought us so bad that we ended up having to listen to her. She needed to be in control and that’s ok. She had plenty of accidents but thankfully Pull-Ups will save your floors and furniture 😉
4. Make it fun.
We threw a potty training party and had a blast! Candy rewards for successes, potty pedis (pedicures), and new potty related books. Keep the tone light hearted, but firm. Pee-pee goes in the potty, not the Pull-Up.
5. Create a functional bathroom space.
Being prepared and having everything at their fingertips is extremely helpful. We created a little basket of necessities that are easily accessible to Isabella for potty time. Items: extra toilet paper, books, flushable wipes, and a Pull-Up stash for naps and bedtime.
I am happy to report that Isabella has pretty much mastered potty training and overall it was not a tramatic experience! Haha! A big thanks to Pull-Ups and Huggies for helping us along the way! We couldn’t have done it without them!
We are still a ways off with night training. From my research, there is a hormone that sometimes takes longer in some children to develop leading to the inability to hold urine or send a signal to the brain strong enough to wake them. Sure, I could set an alarm and wake her up to go potty, but my fear of her not being able to go back to sleep or me either for that matter is too terrifying! 😉 I will let nature take its course and continue to use our trusted Pull-Ups for over night and clean up with our trusted Huggies Natural Care wipes.
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Before you know it, I’ll be back here telling tales of potty training my boy and aiming for Cheerios in the toilet 😉