When it comes to parenting toddlers, potty training is an incredible milestone for everyone involved. But getting through it can also be stressful. Although it can feel overwhelming for the toddler and parents alike, these potty training tips can help make the journey a little easier.
Potty Training Tips
The right diaper or pull-up for your child should work throughout the day and night to help toddlers confidently transition from diapers to underwear.
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Whether home, on-the-go, or overnight in bed, parents and toddlers can feel more confident that messes will stay off clothing, bedding and other surfaces — no matter where accidents happen.
Recently, we invited friends over to talk about six potty training tips tips from Dr. Laura Jana, which included:
- Promote potty learning. Learning how to use the potty takes plenty of time and patience. It’s more than just training; it is a learning opportunity for toddlers and parents alike that should be enjoyable.
- Team Spirit. It is important to keep in mind that “teamwork makes the dream work,” especially in the case of potty training. You are not only your child’s biggest fan, you are also their potty training coach. Remember to stay calm in the face of potty accidents and encourage your little one to not worry and try again!
- Be Prepared. Potty training is an unpredictable adventure that you can best prepare for by ensuring you have all practical supplies on hand. These supplies will help you through any obstacle and can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (for the toilet) or potty seat to training pants, such a Pampers Easy Ups. Easy Ups training pants are designed to help support the diaper-to-underwear transition for toddlers as they have a more underwear-like look and feel.
- Celebrate every win. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with and clean up any messes, and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s efforts and successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.
- Watch for signs of readiness. These signs typically include using their words to express themselves, toddling their own way to the bathroom, pulling down their own pants, saying they want to use the “big potty,” and being aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping, characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to go.
- Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be well prepared to successfully use the potty long before he or she actually starts doing it. You can also let your toddler accompany you in to the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it!
No matter how many accidents or setbacks we experience while potty training, we still want to make sure we empower our little ones.
Together we can overcome each obstacles and work towards achieving potty training success. It’s a journey many have traveled. Don’t stress too much. We all get there one day!