3 Tricks to Keep Your Potty Training Resolutions

It’s that time of year when we think about goals for our families in the New Year. We’re determined and motivated on January 1. And then, as all parents have experienced, a little thing called life can get in the way!


As a child development expert and a mom of four little ones, I understand how the chaos and craziness of everyday life can push those resolutions to the side. But I’m also here to tell you there’s one resolution you and your little one can stick to in the New Year – potty training. With these tips in your pocket, I promise you’ll be able to tackle potty training in 2017 – even if you don’t manage to organize that messy storage closet, or get to the gym every day!

1. Prepare together with your child

It’s important to prepare for your child’s potty training journey. Create a plan of action – together, with your child – so you can lay a solid foundation of collaboration from the very start. That’s why I always encourage parents to check out the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership – a potty training method that’s tailored to your child’s unique personality and how they learn. Whether your child has an Owl potty personality, a Squirrel, a Turtle, a Puppy or a Bear Cub, Pull-Ups has the tips and tricks you need to get ahead of the game.

2.  Shop ‘til you drop
I know what you’re thinking – shopping for potty training essentials isn’t exactly the most glamorous shopping you’ve ever done. However, it’s fun – and important – to involve your little one in stocking up on potty training essentials. Letting them get involved in making the purchasing decisions, like buying Pull-Ups® with their favorite characters on them, is a great way to get your child interested and excited to potty train. 

This is also the time in the potty training journey when parents ask me why they should use training pants instead of diapers. Check out this quick video on why it’s time for you to ditch the diapers for good.  

3.  Stay positive!
One of the biggest misconceptions about potty training is that it has to be completed in just a few days. Actually, on average, it takes eight months to potty train a child, with many taking even longer. Going into potty training with realistic expectations and a positive mindset can save your sanity when your little one experiences the inevitable setbacks. Just remember that your toddler is working to build a complex, lifelong skill. Your guidance, patience and positivity will help set the tone of your relationship for years to come!


This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. Pull-Ups® Training Pants are designed specifically to help teach potty training skills.

Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a child development expert specializing in the development of babies and toddlers. She’s the author of the book Let’s Get This Potty Started! and has been a Pull-Ups brand Potty Training Partner since 2012. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four children, all of them, thank heavens, now potty trained. You can learn more about her at BabyShrink.com. For additional potty training tips and tools, visit Pull-Ups.com.

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