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Essential Tools for Potty Training

A Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner offers her insights and the steps she took to ensure her toddler felt like a Bid Kid.
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Julie, former Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner and stay-at-home mom with a four-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son offers real-life insights.

We talked with Julie about toilet training and the steps she took to ensure her toddler felt like a Big Kid.

Having a System Makes Potty Training Easier

Every parent knows that the potty training process is not something you can approach blindly or with the expectation that your child will be toilet trained in a week. Potty training involves having a system in place before you begin that includes finding the right tools, researching information on the topic, obtaining support from family and friends and being prepared as a parent to hang in there for the eight - ten months it will most likely take.

"When my kids expressed interest and showed readiness skills like sitting on the potty and wanting to wear Big Kid underwear, I went to friends who had recently toilet trained their children for advice," said Julie. "They helped me realize there were steps I needed to take to prepare myself and my kids to potty train, and their understanding and support really meant a lot."

Julie suggests that parents start by being realistic in terms of expectations and understand that successful potty training should be approached with consistency and patience. Every child is different and some children take longer than others. Research conducted by the Medical College of Wisconsin shows that it takes eight months on average to potty train a child.

Julie also suggests that parents identify those who will be a support system-spouse, family, and friends. They'll be there to help find some humor in those difficult days and to help maintain consistency in the process if they're helping out. For Julie, that meant leaning on her best friend.

When she toilet trained her first child, Julie researched information, reading magazines and books to find out everything she could about toilet training. She also suggests tapping into websites that give parents useful tips for every parenting stage, like www.Pull-Ups.com, which has useful sets of activities and resources, such as, Big Kid Beginnings or the Big Kid Prep List that help parents identify what potty training stage their child is at. Books, magazines and advice from other moms also help give you guidelines on potty training do’s and don’ts.”

Julie also found that involving her children in decision-making motivated them to stick to the potty training system.

"For both my son and daughter, we made going to the store to pick out a potty seat and their own disposable training pants big events," said Julie. "We really wanted to signal to them that they weren't babies anymore, so we moved them into Pull-Ups® training pants and started talking to them about what it meant to be a Big Kid."

Throughout the process it's important to coach children with praise and hugs, as well as other rewards. Julie and her husband rewarded their kids with stickers and small toys. However, every child is different, so choose rewards that relate to and motivate your child.

"As a parent, you'll learn that you can't push or get frustrated. Each child will train when he or she is ready," Julie concluded. "Hang in there…it's two steps forward and one step back, but once you find a system that works with your child, stick with it. They'll be using the potty by themselves in no time."

Make sure you have these essential tools when potty training your child.

  • Support from family and friends
  • General information from resources like books, magazines or your pediatrician
  • Potty seat
  • Pull-Ups® Big Kid* Flushable Wipes
  • Pull-Ups® disposable training pants
  • Reward system
  • Easy access to www.pull-ups.com and the Pull-Ups* Big Kid App

An article from Julie Anaya, Colorado

  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 4reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 Very helpful article, loved the link for the app, and can't wait to start using it with our daughter. May 17, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I think that this is also a great read and has many helpful hints for potty training success. I can't wait to try a few of these out with our daughter. March 26, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by All of these are great ideas and suggestions. I found the potty seat invaluable, so their little bottoms don't fall in. Keeping a book or something to look at while they are in there for longer periods of time trying was also helpful. I also found that for boys you could put things into the toilet, like Cheerios, and then they could aim at them. Putting in food coloring so that the water changed color after they used the toilet can sometimes be a motivator also. Encouraging them to be the ones to flush makes them feel big and important, and then they won't be afraid of the noise. Don't forget to teach good clean up etiquette - washing hands, putting trash in the proper locations, etc. February 20, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I need to try these techniques with my 3 year old. I have struggle so much to try to motivate her to keep up rewarding her with these things is such a great idea. November 19, 2013
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