That’s right, I refuse to Potty Train my kids. Now, before you get a huffy and ready to report me, let me explain myself! I have three of the cutest kids ever. An eight-year-old boy, 5-year-old girl, and a 3-year-old girl. The oldest two don’t wear diapers anymore, just in case you’re wondering. The smallest; however, does.
I became pretty passionate about this subject with my oldest child, Max. You see, all of my neighbors just happened to have boys around the same age as Max, and they were all going on this strict potty training boot camp to get their kids out of diapers. They set alarms, banned anyone from visiting, and spent the whole day potty training. Days and days would go by, my poor friends looked frazzled, stressed, and like they were about to lose their minds. Most of them quit because their kids were just NOT READY.
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That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to go to that sad, sad place. Of course I wanted my little guy out of diapers too, I mean, I was pregnant with our middle child, Gracie, and I wasn’t really looking forward to buying two different sizes of diapers. I also didn’t want to create more stress for me and my little Max. So I decided to listen to my mother! That’s right Mom, I listened to your advice!
She kept telling me he would do it when he was good and ready, and that I shouldn’t worry or stress about it, because it was pretty much out of my control anyway. So what did I do you ask? I simply provided all the tools necessary for Max to be successful, and waited for him to decide that HE was ready, and you know what, it took a little longer than some of the other kids in the neighborhood, but I can honestly say we did not have ONE accident. He was immediately night AND day trained, and it was as easy as can be. He was a little over 3-years-old.
Gracie was pretty much the same, but she decided she was ready a little before Max was, around 2 1/2. Sophie, is now 3 years and 3 months old. She has had moments where I’m convinced she’s ready, but the reality is, she’s stubborn, and she really doesn’t want to give up her diapers yet.
So lately, I’ve been ramping up my efforts. Making sure she has everything she needs to be successful, and every reminder that it’s time for her to get on board.
Here are some of the things we have done to ENCOURAGE potty training. Like I said, I don’t believe in the TRAINING method where you set timers and basically force them to use the bathroom every 20 minutes. I’m convinced that’s just too much work. If that’s your bag, that’s great, it’s just not for me!
Bribery works wonders in our household, and I’m really not above it all. So we bought Sophie the toy she’s been dreaming of, and put it on top of the fridge as a reminder that she needs to use the potty in order to get to play with it. Yep, she chose a Batman toy. I love this spunky little girl!
Here’s my other pet peeve with potty training, I hate those little toilets that are on the floor that you have to dump. They make me want to gag. So we buy these cute little seats that prevent them from falling into the toilet. Much better, in my opinion, and you don’t have to scrub it out each time they use the potty. This cute stool really helps too. We have one for each kid, and it’s the perfect height to help with getting on and off the potty and washing hands. It’s the perfect setup for success! I have the tools out and ready for her, just in case she’s interested
I also like using sticker charts for rewards. Some people like to give treats every time their little one uses the potty, but I like to give stickers, that way they can see them adding up, and eventually earn a bigger reward. You can join the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy by visiting http://www.pull-ups.com, there are lots of cool tools to help with potty training. I just printed this custom chart off yesterday! You can choose the categories and rewards you want listed on their chart, and you can also choose the character.
I also think it’s important to switch from regular diapers to Pull-Ups® when they seem like they are starting to show an interest. They’re much easier to get on and off, and they feel more like real underwear. The other thing I like about Pull-Ups® is the fact that you can still open the sides like diapers, so when they have an accident you can still lay them down and take off the Pull-Ups® like a diaper.
Sophie’s also really into the Little Mermaid and Minnie Mouse right now, and luckily they have Pull-Ups® with those characters on them. They have Pull-Ups® training pants in sizes 2T–3T (18- 34 lbs.); 3T–4T (32–40 lbs.) and 4T–5T (38+ lbs.). They also come in Cool Alert®, Learning Designs®, and Night*Time Training Pants. She got so excited when I brought them home, that she immediately ripped the whole package open and spread them out to look at them closer, so I didn’t get a good picture of the packaging before it was ripped to shreds!
You can find Pull-Ups® in the size and designs you want at your local Kroger store. I got mine at Smiths.
Potty training definitely doesn’t happen overnight. You might think I’m crazy for not ‘Training’ my kids, but I swear it’s the only way to go. Once they decide to do it on their own, they seem to have less accidents and that means less stress for both of you!
Plus, when it’s their idea, and they get praise, they feel a sense of pride that can’t be duplicated!!
Now it’s time for you to spill the beans and give us all your potty training tips! What works for your family?