May 25, 2016

Potty Training Made Easy with Pull Ups

Photo Apr 27, 10 44 58 PMThis blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Pull-Ups® blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Potty training.  It’s almost like a dirty word as a parent.  Don’t believe me? Just ask any parent who has potty trained their child!

I cannot tell you how many times I hear moms say things like, I’m going to potty train my son this weekend, or my son needs to be potty trained in a week.

Potty training (sadly) doesn’t work like that.  It’s not a skill you teach in a day or even three days.  It’s a process.  Over the years, I have hosted 10+ potty training workshops, but I continue to learn just as every parent does.  That’s why I love the Pull-Ups #PottyPartnership.  It makes the potty training experience fun and interactive, and it removes the pressure and anxiety that so many parents feel around potty training.

With the #PottyPartnership, you are true partners in the potty training process, and you have concrete steps to take with your child to help them become potty trained.Photo May 03, 11 12 33 AM

So How Do You Start Potty Training?

First, you have to train and educate yourself about the process.  Potty training is a child’s first major responsibility in life.  They have to understand the sensation that they need to go to the bathroom, stop what they are doing, whether they are eating, playing, dancing, coloring or running around the park, get to the bathroom, remove their clothing and then make it to the potty in time to avoid an accident.

IMG_3356That’s a complicated process for a child to master and it takes time!  You child has to be ready, and they won’t do it just because a preschool says they need to be potty trained.

You want to look for five signs of readiness for a month straight.  Not sitting on a potty once or twice, but consistent signs letting you know they are ready.

Second, children learn to potty train differently based on their personality.  Some kids simply hand you a diaper and ask for underwear, and other kids can take months (maybe years!).

Enter the #PottyPartnership

It’s fun and interactive.  To start, you need to find out what your child’s personality is on the  Answer a short quiz, and find out if your child is a puppy, bear, turtle, etc.  Are they are quick learner, or do they take time to warm up to a new activity?  Do they prefer to be clean, or do you have to chase them around when it’s time for a change?  Find out in the fun personality quiz.  My daughter Harper is a puppy.  She is an eager learner, is excited to try new things, is generally a happy kid, and wants everyone to be involved in her potty training.IMG_3359

Once you complete the survey, you will have a personalized guide to learn how to get started, when to introduce Pull-Ups® Training Pants, transitioning to big kid underwear, and even how to potty train outside of your house (what I call the real potty training challenge!).

Bye Bye Diapers

One reason so many parents are excited to potty train their child is to say goodbye to diapers.  Make it fun for your child, and say bye bye, just as you would with a bottle, pacifier or other item they have outgrown.

But potty training doesn’t happen overnight, and you will want your child to have on something to prevent accidents because there is nothing worse than a leak running down your child’s leg and into their shoes.  I can’t tell you how many times I cleaned my son’s shoes when he was potty training.  That’s when I discovered Pull-Ups Potty Training Pants at Walmart.IMG_3358

Pull-Ups Training Pants give your child a comfortable fit and improved protection, day and night.  They also give my daughter the freedom to slip them down on her own just like underwear, Pull-Ups are the perfect solution for a potty training child.
Even better, Pull-Ups just introduced three styles of Training Pants, all available at Walmart (who actually has the best selection anywhere!).  The Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® change when wet, so your child can learn when they are wet.  This is a crucial step in figuring out the sensation of needing to go to the bathroom.

My favorite are the Pull-Ups Cool & Learn Training Pants.  If I could go back in time and change one thing about my son learning to use the potty, it would be to have these training pants!  He has a very observant personality, he treads cautiously and is very busy.  He often didn’t know when he was wet, and sometimes even preferred the extra sensation.  The Pull-Ups Cool & Learn training pants would have been perfect to let him know the feeling of when he went to the bathroom, so he could make that mental connection.IMG_3705

Another great new product is the Pull-Ups® Night* Time® Training Pants.  As I mentioned earlier, potty training is a process.  Kids can be potty trained during the day, but not at night.  That can take some time.  Get these on your next trip to Walmart or better yet, order them online from their site and they will show up at your house, no trip to the store even required (though I still love shopping).

IMG_3704 (1)When I am shopping for Pull-Ups, I look for the best selection to get everything at once.  That’s why I love Walmart.  They have the largest selection of Pull-Ups in every size, so I can always find exactly what I am looking for.  As a busy mom, I want to shop for Pull-Ups once a month max, and Walmart makes that so easy!

It’s also a huge plus that they now carry organic fruits and vegetables, so I can load up on all of my home essentials in one trip!  On my last trip to Walmart, I let Harper pick out her Pull-Ups, and of course she selected the princess ones.  That’s another thing I love about Pull-Ups, they totally get what excites toddlers.  For Harper, that’s a princess, and she gets so excited about them!

So next time you are at Walmart, stock up on the new Pull-Ups and get your potty training off to a great start!
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66 responses to “Potty Training Made Easy with Pull Ups”

  1. Julie Wood says:

    My potty training experiences where touch with my son. He did not want to potty train when needed and I had to make it a fun game and give him rewards in order to go. He eventually caught on and was great at potty training.

  2. Betsy Barnes says:

    When it came time to potty train our son, I thought it would be difficult. However, he got it in no time. We found that letting him “follow” daddy, helped. 🙂

  3. Elena says:

    I have started potty training my son when he was 1,5 years old. He learned pretty quick

  4. Cheryl B says:

    My son’s potty training was fairly easy. He was eager and enjoyed rewards.

  5. Jessica To says:

    Thankfully my son caught on to potty training fairly quickly. I got him his own small toilet to use.

  6. shelly peterson says:

    I have potty trained my 4 kids and a grandson, currently working on one now. I have found using a reward system works well.

  7. Steve Weber says:

    Potty training is tough.. you need lots of patience. I suggest a reward system as well to help with encouragement.

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  9. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I put cheerios in the toilet for the boys to target practice.

  10. shelly says:

    I’m about to embark on potty training my youngest. My best tip is to wait until they are really ready.

  11. janetfaye says:

    I potty trained my sons by using a sticker reward system and it worked very well.

  12. Lauren says:

    I was fortunate to have kids that were pretty easy to potty train.

  13. Rosa cuevas says:

    My son is potty trained during the daytime but at night we still need pulls ups just in case of any accidents!

  14. Rosa cuevas says:

    My son is doing good in tje daytime but we still need pull up in case of any accidents at nite

  15. Lori says:

    With our oldest, potty training was easier than I thought it would be. There are so many great resources now it makes potty training so much easier.

  16. Jill says:

    I did the 3 day method with my first and it worked well.. but now I’ve started to try potty training with my second and it’s much more difficult because we’re so much more on the go. It’s hard to find some time to specifically focus on it!

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  18. Natalie says:

    I am currently in the process of potty training my daughter. She responds well to incentives, such as cheddar crackers every time she is successful.

  19. I completely agree that training doesn’t happen overnight. My daughter who is the eldest of 3 seemed to be the easiest child to potty train compared to my son who is currently 3.5 years old. I’m going through my daily struggle with potty training this time around and the remarks from other moms that he’s NOT potty trained yet, really isn’t helping either. I work full time so when I’m actually with my son I ask him consistently if he needs to go and while we’re out and about I pack some extra clothes (for accidents) and reward him with compliments, stickers, and sometimes his favorite sweets. It’s a work in progress but we’ll get there! Every child is different, and I can’t compare each child, we all work at our own pace 🙂

  20. Janet W. says:

    We waited until my grandson was around 3 years old to start potty training him. That’s when we believed he was fully ready to understand the idea and what needed to happen. He did great, and really loved getting a M&M as a reward each time.

  21. Carey says:

    We got the potty training down during the day still working on the night time 🙂

  22. natasha Lamoreux says:

    My experience with my girls was fairly easy but with my little boy it is much more of a struggle.

  23. Kelly D says:

    My kids both trained at around 2 years old. I had a little more trouble with my son, but he was also my first, so I learned some tricks for my daughter.

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  25. Karla R. says:

    I am actually potty training my daughter right now and it is taking some time but patience is key.

  26. Laurajj says:

    We have storybooks by the potty chair and sit and read a story many times throughout the day to help him want to sit long enough to get something to happen. 🙂 He loves sitting and reading on the potty, and I love to read him stories!

  27. kelly tupick says:

    My daughter was easy to train. I showed her the little potty and she was always excited to use it. I guess i got lucky as she got potty trained really quickly.

  28. Karen Nadeau says:

    I potty trained my two girls which was fairly easy. I work in a center right now and am finding boys can take a little longer. I believe an award system for each child helps.

  29. tammy bilodeau says:

    My grandson is still wetting the bed at night. We are hoping it will stop soon or get some ideas of how to stop him from wetting the bed!

  30. Terri Irvin says:

    I have potty trained all six of my children and now I am doing grandchildren. This biggest issue in potty training is some children take longer to learn it. Just because one child learns early does not mean the other children will also be early learners. It depends of each child so don’t push it if they are not ready.

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  32. Linda F. says:

    With a new baby brother, our daughter is having a hard time giving up diapers for good even though she is ready (we have seen all the signs). Hoping this will pass soon and we can just be done.

  33. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    My daughter was fully potty trained before her 1st birthday we couldn’t believe it,Now my son was a different story we had to put cherios in the toilet so he could pee on the to make them sink…lol

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  35. Dawn Monroe says:

    It took a lot of patience and a lot of talking. My grandkids use pull ups and they are so easy. I remember using rubber pants with my oldest kids. They were terrible.

  36. Jessica says:

    My 1st daughter would completely ignore all potty talk till she was 3.5, then one day she decided she wanted to be a big girl and was potty trained in a day. I hope my 2nd daughter (10 months right now) is just as easy but doesn’t wait so long 🙂

  37. LaTanya says:

    with my son it he learned pretty fast and was pretty easy

  38. Jillian Too says:

    We’re just getting ready to start potty training. We hope we’ll be successful with a reward system.

  39. Sally says:

    These tips are so helpful because I’m going to potty train my daughter! Thanks!!

  40. Celeste says:

    Before reading this post I was scared to start potty training. But now I have this post bookmarked & will come back to it when it’s time. (My baby is a puppy too! What a cute quiz)

  41. Sedona Atlas says:

    Potty training my son was hard! These tips are so useful for my daughter when she is old enough. We are definitely using pull ups this time!

  42. Erin says:

    I can’t believe I’m almost at this stage!!

  43. Mei says:

    We have the training potty out but right now my son thinks it’s for his stuffed animals

  44. L Chavez says:

    I missed the window and now I’m regretting it. I think I’m going to start again soon!

  45. I haven’t gone through potty training with my little one yet but plan to use Pull Ups when I do!

  46. Heather Brooker says:

    We are still in the thick of potty training, but making progress! Love hearing your experience with Pull Ups <3

  47. Pattie says:

    Potty training is definitely something that happens gradually. I”m over the stage, but I remember it clearly! Great job on the post.

  48. Katrina says:

    Potty training was such a chore with my now-five-year-old son that I’m a little gun-shy about attempting it with my almost-three-year-old twins! We’ve made a couple of halfhearted moves toward it, but each time it’s been a disaster.

  49. Laura Kunin says:

    My daughter was fairly easy to potty train and pull-ups at night especially were helpful. Now I am starting with my son and hope that he will be easy!

  50. Jackie Gonzalez says:

    I would really like to read an article that discuses the possible regression on potty training . Mostly so parents won’t get discouraged and feel like they have to start over again. This article touches on some great subjects though. Lots of good points

  51. Tina W says:

    One kid was a breeze, the other seemed like it took for ever. Be patient, you will get there.

  52. Shiri Breslow says:

    Where was this post when I potty trained my daughter?! Thanks for the great info, bookmarking for when my son is ready!

  53. Suzie B. says:

    I introduced my older to the potty as soon as he turned 2- I bought him the white baby Bjorne potty to match the toilet and I bought underwear with all his favorite characters. I was told it takes longer with boys so I was super patient with him. We had lots of accidents but I still gave him the option of diapers or underwears. Just when I was about to give-up and take a break for potty training….he said “I don’t want diapers anymore mommy” (just like that!) and he was done with dipers completely!! He was couple of months shy of his 3rd birthday. 🙂

  54. Monika says:

    I really agree on waiting until they are ready. My son was super fast (like 2 days and done!) as we waited until he showed those signs. We also used the Overnight Pull Ups for nights and they were amazing!

  55. Ruby says:

    Thanks for the info!

  56. Jennifer Marie says:

    I have found consistency to be key. When we reminded our kids routinely about using the potty they would not have accidents.

  57. Erika W. says:

    My daughter was stubborn at first but once she was put into underwear, she didn’t want to go back to the diaper. My son was another story. He pretty much had to be bribed with hot wheels to get potty trained.

  58. Sarah Mayer says:

    Potty training was a nightmare for my kids.. I finally had to bribe them with treats and extra play time.

  59. nicky says:

    We are going to start potty training soon – exciting! Am enjoying reading about others’ experiences to get good tips and tricks!

  60. courtney b says:

    im still trying to potty train my 3 year old- boys seem harder!

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