Potty Training, getting started.

Years ago when my oldest was getting ready to potty train I picked up the phone and called my grandmother, who better to get advice from than a woman who successfully potty trained all 16 of her children, and this was before the internet! Even though she was 1200 miles away her support and encourage meant was there.
The clock was ticking and I was in a hurry, pregnant with my second, there was no way I was going to have two kids in diapers.
 I asked her  many questions about when would I know she was ready and how do I even start to potty train? She went on to talk about how every child is different and it takes patients, her earliest was trained at 12 months (that was my mom, way to go!) and others took until they were three, but her best advice was to reassure me it would happen and not worry, she never had one leave for kindergarten in diapers.

First thing I did was run out and buy a package of Huggies Pull-Ups, I couldn’t believe how easy they were to get on and off, she had no problems potty training and within 2 months she was wearing underwear and I delivered baby #2. My second was just as easy to potty train but #3 and #4, well I contemplated buying stock in Huggies many times. My boy took the longest, I actually gave up at some point and just let him be. It wasn’t until the morning of his third birthday, he literally  woke up, went straight to the toilet and never had to use another Pull-Ups after that. Crazy.

I have several friends who currently are in some stage of potty training their toddlers, we’re always sharing stories and advice, wondering when the last package of Pull-Ups will be. That right of passage and sweet victory can sometimes seem so far away, but it also means they’re growing up and the next thing you know it’s the first day of kindergarten.

Over the Labor day weekend we got to hang out with old friends, eat lots of handmade taffy, watch the annual parade of volunteer fire trucks, say goodbye to summer and take a ton of photos… especially of these two adorable kids and their doubly adorable dimples.

The 10 Signs of Readiness

Whether the start of potty training comes earlier or later for your child, you’ll get your cues on “when it’s time” from your child. That emerging independence starts shining through and they’re eager-to-please. Now is the time to start actively watching for these signs of readiness for potty training. Ask yourself if your child:
  • Stays dry for at least two hours.
  • Is dry after a nap.
  • Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers.
  • Shows increased interest in the bathroom.
  • Asks to use the toilet or potty chair.
  • Has regular and predictable bowel movements.
  • Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear.
  • Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go.
  • Follows simple verbal directions.
  • Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself.
If your child shows two or more of these signs, it’s a good indication that they’re ready to start potty training.

Pull-Ups® products are all about getting kids interested in potty training. That’s why our training pants have fun designs, and stretchy sides that let kids put them on and take them off — just like Big Kid® underwear.

Pull-Ups is all about saying “bye bye” to diapers and using Pull-Ups from the start of the potty training process, they enable learning and offer support tools and resources through the Big Kid Academy. Potty training is a journey that mom and child go through together, and Pull-Ups are a great help, teaching kids how to “pull up” their big kid underwear. 

In addition, they will learn about Pull-Ups® which can make the transition to Big Kid® underwear an easier one. Lastly, they have the opportunity to find more support and tips by enrolling in the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy.

Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups, by my love for their Big Kid Academy option is all my own!”