When Sawyer – our oldest son – was little, James and I scoured the internet for the best potty training tips out there. We soon found that you have test and try different methods and techniques to find what works for you.
We are doing the same thing now with Dawson. Though they are brothers, they have been very different in reaching milestones. Not all of the potty training tips we used on Sawyer work for Dawson, though a few seem to be having an effect.
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Below are 5 potty training tips that have worked for our home, for one boy or both!
5 Potty Training Tips that have Worked in our Home
1. Wait until your child is ready. It sounds great to have your child using the toilet at 18 months, but it’s unlikely he’s ready by then. For Sawyer, we started at 2 years and 5 months old, but Dawson is almost three and is just now becoming interested and ready.
2. Take your child to the bathroom every time you go. Seeing you using the “big boy/girl” potty can motivate them to do the same. With our boys, Dawson follow Sawyer into the bathroom every time he needs to go.
3. Use rewards. There is nothing wrong with a little reward, along with praise, for a (potty) job well done! With both of our boys, we have M&Ms to give to them after a pee or poo in the potty. Of course, we are sure to high five and shout “hooray!” too.
4. Remind them hourly. I think this helps reduce accidents. As children are just starting to potty train, they aren’t used to having to stop what they are doing and run to the bathroom. The hourly reminder gets them in the habit of going when they need to.
5. Make it easy for them. Start your kiddo with a child-sized potty. Also, Pampers Easy Ups Training Underwear are perfect for the transition. They look and feel like underwear, yet they give the absorbent protection like only Pampers can. In fact, 93% of parents think it’s important for training pants to resemble real underwear, so Pampers obliged!
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Plus, the new Pampers Easy Ups have a super stretchy waistband, so your child can easily pull up and down for each potty visit. They are comfortable for your little one to wear, and you can tear them at the sides in case of an accident.
Dawson loves that Pampers Easy Ups comes with Thomas the Engine designs on them. He’s been into Thomas and other trains for a while, so that was bonus when he started wearing these! For girls, there are Dora the Explorer designs – with Hello Kitty ones coming soon.
We have been using Pampers Easy Ups Training Underwear since approaching the subject with Dawson about 6 months ago. He wears them to his preschool every day and to bed every night. We have had little issue with leaks or blowouts.
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