How to Get Started Potty Training

When it comes to potty training, the most frequently asked question is usually, "how do I get started?" There are many ways to start, but it all depends on your little one’s unique personality and development. Some children are ready to potty train as young as 18 months while others may need to wait a while longer. Since every child is different, so is their entire potty training experience. It is best to do what works for you and your child while trying to not force it. Most of all, it’s important to make this experience a fun one for both you and your little one!

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Here are my tips to getting started with potty training:

1. Assess readiness. The best way to start potty training is to look for readiness cues, a topic I touched on in my previous post. Cues will tell you everything you need to know and whether or not your little one is ready to give it all a big try. However, it is important to assess your own feelings and readiness to train your child. It is important not to develop any unrealistic expectations. Some important potty training cues to look for from your child are:

  • becoming aware of bodily movements and soiled diapers
  • interest in bathroom habits or the potty
  • fewer wet diapers

While these won't guarantee your child is ready, these cues could be a good indicator that your child will be ready soon. It’s also better not to rush this. It’ll end up taking longer if you start before your little one is ready.

2. Gather equipment. To get your child prepared, you will have to make sure you gather everything that you need to get started. There are special tools that help to make potty training easier. Not all of them are necessary, but they surely help! In my house, we bought the following:

3. Create a routine. Keeping your child on a routine or schedule is a great way to encourage learning while potty training. As they go to their own potty, they will become more and more familiar with using it. Try taking your child to the potty frequently throughout the day such as the following times that have worked for us for example:

  • upon waking up
  • after breakfast
  • after playtime
  • after lunch
  • after nap
  • before and after dinner
  • before bedtime

This will seem like a lot of work, and it is, but it will benefit your child greatly on this new adventure.

4. Pick up a pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants. When we purchased our first pack of Pull-Upsit was an exciting experience for our son because we were starting the process together and finally ditching the diapers. He got to choose Pull-Ups with his favorite Disney character and wanted to put them on right away. He knew that this was far different from his old diapers and he loved the way that he could pull them down when he had to go potty. If he had an accident, they were easy to rip off so we did not have to pull them down to his feet.

5. Make potty training fun! Potty training really is an incredibly important milestone for toddlers, and it’s also an opportunity for parents to work together with their children-it sounds daunting to so many parents, so why not make it fun? Pull-Ups.com offers fun games to play with your toddler to keep them interested in potty training. Our favorite lately has been the "Find the Potty Game" that you can download to your computer. It encourages your child to find where the potty is in each room while being timed.

Pull-Ups truly is more than just a training pant – They have simple ways to make potty training easy and fun for parents and children to start together and Pull-Ups.com is a great resource for parents to find tips, tools and advice on how to make potty training fun and exciting. In fact, 3 of 4 moms prefer Pull-Ups©!*

My son and my husband will play the game a few times a week to get him excited and familiar with finding the potty. Believe it or not, it has helped him so much!

*Pull-Ups offering includes product, packaging and in-pack prizes and activities vs. Pampers© Easy Ups©.

Sia Cooper is a certified personal trainer and blogger at Diary of a Fit Mommy catering to prenatal and postnatal clients. She specializes in all things women's health, diet, and fitness as well as beauty, fashion and parenting.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups Training Pants

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