One of my biggest fears when we wanted to begin potty training was knowing whether or not my toddler is ready. She was expressing interest in potty training. She was following me into the bathroom, asking questions and requesting “big girl undies, like mommy.” Mentally she wanted to but sometimes kids just aren’t prepared physically and I wanted to have an idea going in where here physical ability was. So how do I know?! We took Huggies Pull Ups short quiz and it turns out I’ve got a big kid on my hands! I recommend taking the full quiz but here are a few things to look for:
- Can you child follow simple verbal instructions?
- Do they wake up dry from a nap?
- Can they stay dry for up to 2 hours?
Now that we knew she was ready we wanted to kick off our potty training adventure with a bang. More than anything I wanted this to be a positive experience. I started with Huggies Pull-Ups Big Girl Pants! They had our favorite Disney Characters on them including Mike and Sully. I included them in a gift bag with some fun stickers and a few treats
After delving into the goodie bag we had to try on the big girl undies right away. I like that Huggies Pull Ups offer great coverage and protections again accidents but make her feel like a big girl with a different look and feel than diapers. When she put on the big girl pull ups right away I was both relieved and excited to see her excitement. Throwing her hands up in the air she yelled “I’m a big girl monster – rooaarrr!” I decided adopt Huggies fun new motto for myself. “What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!”
Now when it’s time to “take a potty break.” I only have to ask Maddilyn “What does a little monster take?” and she finished the sentence as she rushes off to the potty. Which brought me to my next worry -how often should we try to potty? My daughter is a naturally willful and stubborn child. I know all children go through a phase where they crave independence but there are times I feel like she takes it to the next level. I don’t want to over do it because she tends to get obstinate if pushed too hard. After doing some research I found that it really just depends on the child. You want to be “correct” about needing to potty about half the time. This helps kids start to understand what their body feels like when they have to use the potty.
Rule of Thumb: Begin by trying ever 45 – 60 minutes and adjust as needed. Use the fun, free Big Kid Timer App to remind them.
After some trial and error we found that first thing in the morning, right before bed and 1.5hr intervals throughout the day worked best for us, but more frequently after a meal. The key was to be flexible and to recognize her routine. If you’re just starting like we are, keep following us on our potty training journey. If you’re a seasoned pro we would love to hear your personal potty training tips and anecdotes.
Pull-Ups helps take the scare out of potty training by making it fun and easy with new Monsters U character training pants! You can help make potty training easier by staying consistent and using rituals like the potty break. Make it a game and ask your toddler, “What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!”