Introducing Pull-Ups® Training Pants to Your Owl

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg

Soon, your Owl will want to try the potty on her own. What times of day does her diaper usually need a change? Keep this in mind, as Owls tend to be fairly consistent and predictable in their pee and poop habits. Introduce Pull-Ups® as their special potty training pants that will help them learn how the Big Kids do it. Little Owls like to be in charge, and Pull-Ups help them build skills by putting more of the potty training process into their hands. 


When your Owl is showing regular interest in the toileting process, it’s a good time to introduce him to Pull-Ups. Your fastidious Owl is likely to know when he has deposited any poop or pee into his Pull-Ups, so he may enjoy the Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® style. These show how the designs have disappeared and confirm his suspicions that he needs a change.

Try these Potty Talk scripts with your Owl:

  • “I notice that you’ve been interested in going potty and telling me when your diaper needs a change, so I brought you some Pull-Ups. Now you have your own special potty training pants that will help you become a potty expert.”
  • “You can pull your Pull-Ups on and off just like we practiced with your pants. You’ll wear them instead of a diaper. When you feel like you get that tight feeling in your belly, just tell me and we’ll go to the bathroom and practice putting your pee and poop in the potty. Would you like to try your new Pull-Ups on now?” If your child says yes, take advantage of the opportunity and ask if she’d like to try to go on the potty before she puts on her new Pull-Ups.

Potty Skills Build Independence

  • Pulling pants up and down is an important skill that builds independence — for potty training and beyond. It’s also something Owls like to practice, and it helps them get ready for using Pull-Ups. Make sure your child has pants with an elastic waistband, and give opportunities throughout each day to practice this skill. Gentle repetition will comfort your Owl and help him feel more confident in the potty training process.
  • Give your child a choice when you’re introducing Pull-Ups. Let her be part of the process in choosing her type of Pull-Ups, and the character on them. The more you partner with your Owl, the more on board she’ll be with the process. If your Owl isn’t ready to put them on, don’t push it. Work together to find a special place in the bathroom for the Pull-Ups, and let her know that they’ll be there when she’s ready. “Your Pull-Ups will be right here. Maybe you’ll be ready to try one on after I change you next time.”

Different types of Pull-Ups help your child to feel and see when he’s gone pee or poop in them. They are specifically designed for girls and boys to learn when they have eliminated. Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn® training pants provide a brief cooling sensation when the child wets to help you teach them the signs of when they need to go. Explain, “Sometimes it’s hard to feel when you have gone to the bathroom. Once you know that you have gone pee pee, you can come sit on the potty to see if any poop wants to come out, too, and we can get you into some fresh Pull-Ups.

When your child is ready, have her put Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® Training Pants on, and show her the designs. Explain how if she’s ever unsure whether she’s gone, she can check by looking at the design. “You can show me your faded design whenever you didn’t make it to the potty, and we can go to the bathroom to see if anything else comes out. Then we’ll give you a new pair of Pull-Ups.”

Want more potty-training tips and ideas for Tackling Toddlerhood Together? We've got them here.

Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed psychologist with a PsyD degree whose specialty is in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents. Dr. Heather uses social media to help the public understand the complex, but important, world of child development. She is a writer and producer at BabyShrink, and her company, BabyShrink LLC, also consults with universities and corporations to reach families with young children via social and traditional media. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four young children.

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