If you're in the toddler stage you're probably wondering when potty training is going to start. Is is a bad ideas to start too early or too late? Should you have a reward system? I'm sure these questions and many more are running through your head, I know I had different concerns with both kids. Here are my 6 tips to make potty training simple.
Know the Signs
We all know the basic signs of toddlers being ready for toilet training and we all know our own kids the best, but sometimes it helps to talk to other parents and hear their stories too.
Some signs to look for include:
- Interest in you and other family members using the toilet
- Discomfort with the feeling of a dirty diaper (he may ask you to change him)
- The diaper is dry after a nap
- Your toddler can follow simple directions
Approach It Together
Rather than thinking about toilet training as a big battle of wills, think of it as a mutual goal. A fun way to start the potty training journey is to take the Pull-Ups Potty Training Personality Quiz. They teamed up with child psychologist and potty training expert Dr. Heather Wittenberg to create a method that takes the guesswork out of potty training.
Based on research and observation of personality types in young children, Pull-Ups® has developed five potty training personalities: the Puppy, the Owl, the Bear Cub, the Turtle and the Squirrel.
Knowing your child’s potty personality will help you find customized advice and tips to guide you through the potty training journey.
Involve your little one in all aspects of the potty training adventure from purchasing Huggies Pull-Ups using Dollar General Coupons to choosing books to read and toilet training shows to watch. By involving your toddler in the whole process they'll gain confidence and you can easily start a conversation without pressure.
Potty Training Games
Kids love to play and its time that we make potty training fun for parents and kids! Try one of the easy-to-use games and learning tools to help add fun to the potty training process in your house. Choose one or two of the games Pull-Ups® has rounded up on their website such as:
- the Pull-Ups Scavenger Hunt or
- the Potty Seek & Find game
You can even turn washing your hands into a fun game with singing and lots of soap!
I'm a Big Kid Now
Switching from diapers to Pull-Ups® shows your child you appreciate and support all the growth that’s gone into the major transition from baby to Big Kid. We keep extra Pull-Ups with our bin of books in the bathroom just in case there is an accident and we need a clean one.
Pay attention to when your child eliminates so that you can seize those moments for toilet training. If you know a bowel movement or urination is on the way, you can encourage your child to use the toilet when you know he will need to go.
Make It Easier
Potty training isn't about rushing to the goal it is about the process and encouraging your toddler to have the confidence they need to go to the bathroom on their own.
Celebrate in the accomplishments with your Big Kid! You can click on the image below to print off your own congratulations for your new potty trained Big Kid!
Don't forget to visit the Dollar General Digital Coupons page and save $2 on your purchase of Huggies Pull-Ups!
What's your best potty training tip?
Great post! Thanks for sharing those potty training games :-).