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10 Tips for Potty Training

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Pampers logo with a stylized heart above the 'p' with tips for potty training.

 This post is sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are my own.

Potty training is different for every kid. I have four kids and I am amazed how different it was for each kid. After my first two kids, I thought Potty training was just about the easiest thing in the world. They learned fast and we didn't have any accidents. With my youngest two, it was a completely different experience. Especially with my youngest. My youngest will be 4 next month and she still isn't fully potty trained. Its kind of embarrassing to admit that, but i'm sure we are not alone in our struggle. It was nice being able to get friends and family to come over and talk Potty Training so I could learn what worked for them and try it with my daughter.

Packaging for Pampers Easy Ups training pants featuring "Dora the Explorer" for girls and "Thomas & Friends" for boys, with tips for potty training included.

Pampers easy ups has been a life saver for us and has helped to keep me sane. When my daughter turned 3 we though she HAD to be in underwear so we made the switch completely. We were constantly cleaning up messes and she woke up with a wet bed every morning. I was getting so frustrated because it felt like everyones kid was potty trained by this age. I was tired of having to wash and spray her bed every morning. That is when I turned to Pampers easy ups for help. I'm so glad that I did. Pampers Easy ups has an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant (Huggies® Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®) and ensures little ones remain dry. This means that I don't have to worry about a wet bed in the morning and my daughter is much happier.

Assorted baby care items including diapers, wipes, and tips for potty training displayed on a patterned background.

Pampers sent me a really fun party kit so I could host a Pampers easy-ups at home party. In this kit I received everything that I needed to decorate for the party, tableware and gifts for the guests. Because potty training is currently such a struggle for me, I was really excited to host this party.

A variety of Pampers Easy Ups training diapers displayed on a plaid background, with a children's book titled "It's You and Me against the Pee: Tips for Potty Training".

Pampers was so kind to also send me a hostess gift. I received Pampers Easy ups, You and Me Against the Pee by L. Jana, MD, and a Fisher Price Potty Ring. It was so nice to be able to receive the tools to help in our own potty training process. A collage featuring various people at an outdoor event with snacks and a Pampers Easy Ups promotion, including tips for potty training.

We invited friends and family members over to the party. It was important to me that I invited guys and girls at different stages and ages of Potty Training because I felt the wide range would give the most well rounded advice. It was fun seeing how the tips varied between guys and girls and different ages. We definitely learned a lot about helping our kids through the process.

Here are 10 Tips for Potty Training from my guests.

  1. Lots of Patience - Potty training is a process that takes time and patience. Your child may have accidents and setbacks, so it's important to stay calm and patient throughout the process.
  2. Reward Success with Appropriate Treats - Offering a small reward or treat for successfully using the potty can help motivate your child and reinforce good behavior. Just be sure to choose an appropriate reward, such as a sticker or a favorite snack.
  3. Encourage - Potty training can be challenging, but it's important to encourage your child and praise them for their efforts. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in helping your child feel confident and motivated.
  4. Sing Songs - Singing silly songs or making up potty-related rhymes can help make potty training a fun and positive experience for your child.
  5. Wait until they are ready - It's important to wait until your child is ready for potty training, rather than trying to force them before they are ready. Signs of readiness may include showing an interest in the potty or being able to communicate their needs.
  6. Remind them regularly - Children can get distracted easily, so it's important to remind them regularly to use the potty. Setting a timer or using verbal cues can help keep them on track.
  7. Keep it positive - Potty training can be frustrating for both parents and children, but it's important to keep a positive attitude throughout the process. Avoid shaming or punishing your child for accidents, and instead focus on positive reinforcement and encouragement.
  8. Be prepared for setbacks - Potty training is not always a linear process, and setbacks are common. It's important to be prepared for accidents and setbacks, and to approach them with patience and a positive attitude.
  9. Start talking about it with them before you start so they know what to expect - Talking to your child about potty training before you start can help prepare them for the process and alleviate any fears or anxieties they may have.
  10. Set a timer for when they are on the potty. Even if they don't go, they get used to sitting on the potty - Setting a timer for a short period of time when your child is sitting on the potty can help them get used to the process and make it less intimidating. Even if they don't go, it can still be a positive experience for them.

Gift bags and Pampers Easy Ups training pants on a sofa, with a playful "potty training" theme including related books, tips for potty training, and signs.

I was able to send each guest home with a Pampers gift bag that included Pampers easy ups and the book You and Me Against the Pee by L. Jana, MD. I loved being able to use this book to break the ice and talk about a topic that many moms struggle with. It is so helpful to get the advice of family and friends to help make the process smoother for all!

Pampers easy ups are available for both Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T. My kids love having their favorite characters on them. They are stretchy and comfortable so your toddler can easily pull them up and down. The underwear-like design is perfect for transitioning to underwear. Thank your Pampers for helping us have such a great party!

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