Transitioning from diapers to training pants
As you’re getting ready for potty training, Pull-Ups® training pants can be an important step between diapers and underwear. Toddlers tend to feel like a Big Kid when they use these training pants, and they love picking out their favorite characters. Parents love them because they make clean up much easier than underwear when those inevitable accidents occur.
Before you hop right into using the potty, have your child practice pulling them up and down. It’s a new movement to master, and starting with just the Pull-Ups® training pants can make it easier. Once your child has become more comfortable, then you can have them practice with pants on too.
Getting buy-in from your toddler
Have a child who’s a little hesitant about switching to training pants — or who likes to get the details before they dive in? Play the Which Is Faster? game. It’s a fun potty training game that shows how much faster using the potty is than getting a diaper change.
Taking your child on a special trip to the store to pick out their own Pull-Ups® training pants is a good idea too. This shopping list can help you figure out all the essentials you’ll need like hand soap, a potty chair or potty seat, and some wipes for cleaning up.
When you return home, hide some potty-related items around the house and play the Pull-Up® Scavenger Hunt. It’s a great way to play a game together while learning — and it doesn’t require any toddler screen time.
Choosing the right clothes
When you’re potty training your child, be sure to keep that wardrobe simple. Bibs, lots of snaps and other complicated clothing can be frustrating for little ones! And kids tend to wait until the last minute to go to the potty — especially when they’re having fun playing — so getting clothes off quickly can mean the difference between success and an accident.
Dresses and sweat pants are perfect choices. Some parents even let their kids wear just training pants and a t-shirt at home in the early stages of potty training.
Tailoring your approach
Knowing your child’s potty personality can help you introduce training pants in a way that matches your child’s needs. Keep the following tips in mind:
- An eager-to-please kid will likely be on board whenever you introduce the idea of Pull-Ups® training pants. They may want to show off their training pants and will seek your approval.
- A cautious kid will love the independence that comes with wearing training pants and want to practice pulling their training pants up and down. Pull-Ups® training pants can help them feel like a Bid Kid who’s leading the potty training journey.
- A child with a shy personality will be happiest if you ease into the potty training experience without even introducing the bathroom at first. Show the training pants and talk about them, but don’t try to put them on right away. Read stories or talk about what will happen on the potty training journey, and watch for cues your toddler is ready. When they show interest, then you can move forward with trying on the training pants and introducing other aspects of potty training.
- A child who is high-energy will love the freedom training pants bring. Not needing to lie down for a diaper change means getting back to playtime faster, and that’s something they’re always ready for. Take time to make the concept fun though. High-energy kids like playing potty training games, and they enjoy simply goofing around with you too.
- A free-spirited kid probably isn’t going to care too much about what they’re wearing. In fact, they might just run around the house naked if you let them. And when they are wearing diapers, they’re probably more interested in what they’re doing than whether or not they have a wet or dirty bottom. So it’s best to focus on the independence and freedom they’ll get from wearing Pull-Ups® training pants — including being able to return to playing faster.
No matter your child’s personality, Pull-Ups® training pants can help make the transition from being a diaper-wearing baby to being a potty-trained Big Kid easier. And with our potty training games, they can make it more fun too.
So set aside that to-do list for a minute. Hide some training pants around your house. And get ready for a seek-and-find adventure with your little one. Soon, they’ll be excited to not just find those Pull-Ups® training pants but wear them too.
Just remember: Once you’ve introduced Pull-Ups® training pants, keep it consistent. Switching back to diapers can confuse your child.