You blinked and your baby became a toddler. As a Mom of two young girls, I can attest to how quickly the days, months, even years fly by as your child reaches each birthday milestone.
A popular saying, “The days are long, but the years are short”, rings true for many parents. My youngest is quickly, oh so quickly, approaching her 2nd birthday and has recently begun to explore all things bathroom. She absolutely loves flushing the toilet, our water bill does not. She is keen to watch her older sister complete her own bathroom routine and we’re gearing up to watch for the signs of readiness that she may in fact wish to take her own spin on the throne.
Potty training can feel like a daunting task. When do we start? Have we started too soon, too late? Why is my child having so many accidents? Why is this not working? The questions may seem endless and your confidence can become rattled; thankfully there are resources and advice out there to help guide you during this time.
Asking fellow parents what’s worked for them can certainly help. With our older daughter, we asked friends with children a few years older than her and the one common response was “be and stay consistent” – yes, there were accidents and yes there were a few frustrating times (always pack a spare change of clothes when you leave the house!) – however, for the most part it was a relatively smooth process.
I recently was introduced to the Pull-Ups® Potty Training Program and the incredible resources and fun interactive tools and games they offer including this online readiness quiz and these amazing Disney character calls - Yes! your toddler can receive a call from Minnie Mouse herself eager to share her own excitement about your child learning to use the potty. I also really like this Potty Progress Chart where your child can place a sticker beside each completed “potty task” for example, “sat on the potty” or “washed my hands.”
Thanks to Pull-Ups®, I learned the signs your child may be ready to begin potty training generally include:
Hiding to go pee or poop
Tugging at a soiled diaper
Waking with a dry diaper post nap
Of the list above, I remember #1 being quite amusing for my husband and I when our oldest exhibited this sign.
As we gear up to potty train our youngest daughter, I’m feeling more prepared to watch for the signs of readiness and key indicators she’s ready to start the journey to leaving diapers behind thanks to Pull-Ups®!
I’m also looking forward to seeing which type of training pants may work the best for her such as their Learning Designs® training pants featuring unique patterns that fade when wet or the Cool & Learn® training pants which mimic the feel of real underwear by providing a brief and gentle wetness to help teach her when it’s time to go potty. Exciting times ahead!
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This post was written in partnership with Pull-Ups®