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Transitioning into Training Pants

Support your child during their transition into training pants with helpful insights from the Pull-Ups® team.
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"Moving into training pants is a key sign for your child that she is becoming a Big Kid and therefore should start using the potty," says former Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner, Page Turner.

Below are some helpful insights from Page and the Pull-Ups® Brand for transitioning tots to training pants and completing potty training:

  • Build excitement around the milestone of moving into trainings pants that are just like Big Kid underwear. To get my twins excited about becoming big girls, I had them store their training pants in the dresser drawer just like real underwear.
  • Have your child practice pulling them on and off themselves before starting to use them. In my case, practice really did make perfect!
  • Try giving your tot the chance to sit on the potty – first with the pants on and later with them off. I had my girls sit on the potty after they helped decorate it with stickers, which really helped create excitement about the whole process.
  • Teach your child about the graphics that disappear when wet and indicate the difference between wet and dry.
  • Celebrate when your toddler correctly uses the training pants to encourage Big Kid behavior. Or try celebrating with an outing they enjoy – my kids always love a special trip to the park.
  • Once you’ve made the switch out of diapers and into training pants, don’t switch back and forth. It may be confusing and slow down the process. Set backs are inevitable, but I found my kids made the most progress when I kept them in training pants, even when we went on vacation.

An article from Page Turner, Tennessee

  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 9reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by will definetly use these tips in potty training my lil boy :) November 13, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I purchased pull ups for my son to have at daycare once he started learned to potty at school as well as at home. However, a friend recommened I used a tool that helped her with her son. It was a guide on How to Potty Train your Child in 3 days. It worked! No more pull ups (which are great, by the way), no more poopoo messes, ect....I purchased about 30 pair of underwear, stayed at home the entire weekend and BOOM, he was trained. Of course this may not work for all but its worth a shot. September 30, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm not too quick to put my daughter in training pants this time. My son was in them for a long time. I know each child is different, but I felt like I didn't wait for enough "cues" from my child last time. July 29, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Just like getting your baby on a regular feeding schedule, I believe it is equally important in potty training to have a regular schedule (i.e. first thing in the morning, before and after meals etc). This way, the toddler will starting thinking in that directions. He'll know that we're going to be visiting the potty. Then he'll begin to recognize the signs and maybe, realizing that he needs to go, hold it for a few more seconds!!! I agree that once you start using training pants, to not switch back to diapers. This will confuse the child or even misconstrued as punishment and we want this to be a positive not negative experience. June 19, 2014
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