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We don't sweat the ‘rules' of potty training at our house. We do what works for our family and makes potty training as easy and pleasurable as potty training can be.
10 Best Potty Training Tips for Real Moms
One of the biggest arguments among mothers when it comes to potty training is if they should use training pants or not. Well, let me tell you. In no way, whatsoever, do I, nor have I ever wanted to deal with a child having an accident in a public location. Nope, that type of unwanted attention is just not for me, and I never wanted my children to go through that embarrassment.
All our children, girls and boys alike, have worn training pants while potty training. It's given them, and me, the added security that if they do have an accident while we are out that they won't be embarrassed if someone see it, that people won't whisper about them, that other children won't point fingers at them.
And contrary to what many experts say, using training pants does not extend the potty training period. If your children are truly ready to be potty trained they will do great, even with training pants. Best of all, training pants like Pull-Ups® training pants have easy-open sides and come in popular Disney characters that kids love, making potty training fun!
Look for more of our real mom potty training tips? Check out our 10 Best Potty Training Tips for Real Moms below.
- Make time for successful potty training. Make sure your schedule has time for potty training. Don't embark on this journey right before a big event, trip, or if you can't dedicate the time needed. You will only be disappointed and frustrated at the failures, making potty training difficult for you and your children.
- Praise, praise, and more praise! Prepare to give lots of undivided attention, positive reinforcement, love, affection, and praise when your child successfully uses the potty. Making a big deal about small steps is the key to success.
- Buy cool underwear. Motivate kids by taking them shopping to pick out their own, favorite character ‘big kid' underwear to wear once they are successfully potty trained.
- The naked truth. Once my kids were interested in potty training, we let them run around naked and encouraged them to use the potty. After they mastered naked-potty use, we worked our way up to training pants during trips, real underwear, then clothes.
BribingRewarding. I wholeheartedly recommend bribery as potty training motivation. Promise your kid a small treat every time she goes potty; an M&M, a Skittle, even a penny, and if she goes #2 or wipes herself then she gets four or five treats.
- Target Practice. For boys, put three to five Cheerios in the potty and let them aim at them when they pee. Every time they hit a target, let them pick out a prize from a bag of dollar store goodies, or eat a favorite treat.
- Sing a tune, or read together. Sing a favorite potty song, especially when kids are on the potty, or read a favorite potty book(s), one that can be read ONLY on the potty.
- Limit bedtime drinks. Limit milk and juice at least an hour before bedtime to help your child stay dry at night. Nighttime training often comes later than daytime training, so you might want to start off sleeping and napping in Pull-Ups®.
- On the road. Travel with a small toilet that has a removable seat to kids feel more comfortable when on the road, or a portable potty your child can use in the car or discreetly at the park. This will help them feel more comfortable on the “loud and scary” big potties in public restrooms.
- Potty training apps and more. Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App is a smart new take on the classic potty timer that helps you and your child learn the importance of taking regular potty breaks. Not only does it remind you when to go, it also automatically adjusts based on your child's progress. Plus it's loaded with fun games to celebrate every potty break.
Want to learn even more about potty training? Sign up with Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy and register to learn more and stay connected during the potty training process. You can also download the Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App to help you keep track.
Free Printable Potty Training Chart
Another potty training tip that is successful for many parents, is using a potty training chart to help encourage little ones to do their best. Download and print this fun, free printable potty training chart for your little ones.
Download the full resolution, 8 1/2 x 11 .pdf Free Printable Potty Training Chart here.
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Where to find Pull-Ups® Training Pants
Pull-Ups® training pants are located at Kroger family stores nationwide. You can find Pull-Ups® training pants for boys or girls in the Baby/Diaper aisle.
Pull-Ups® training pants come in a variety of sizes for toddlers; 2T–3T (18- 34 lbs.); 3T–4T (32–40 lbs.) and 4T–5T (38+ lbs.). The new designs feature Doc McStuffins and Ariel for girls, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Lightning McQueen for boys. Plus you can choose from three different kinds of gender and size specific training pants that include: Cool Alert®, Learning Designs®, Night*Time Training Pant.