Having a System Makes Potty Training Easier
Every parent hopes for fast potty training. But most also realize that the potty training process isn’t something to approach without prior planning — or with the expectation that their child will be toilet trained in a week. Potty training involves having a system in place before you begin that includes finding the right tools, researching information on the topic, obtaining support from family and friends, and being prepared as a parent to hang in there since it won’t happen overnight.
“When my kids expressed interest and showed readiness skills like sitting on the potty and wanting to wear Big Kid underwear, I went to friends who had recently toilet trained their children for advice,” said Julie. “They helped me realize there were steps I needed to take to prepare myself and my kids to potty train, and their understanding and support really meant a lot.”
Plan Your Approach to Potty Training
Before you start gathering everything on our potty training shopping list and introducing the topic to your child, spend some time thinking about your approach. Julie suggests that parents should:
- Start by being realistic in terms of expectations.
- Involve children in decision-making to motivate them to stick to the potty training system.
- Understand that successful training should be approached with consistency and patience.
- Know that every child is different, and some children take longer than others.
- Realize it takes eight months on average to potty train a child.
- Identify those who will be a support system — spouse, family and friends.
When she toilet trained her first child, Julie did some research to find out everything she could about toilet training. She suggests tapping into websites that give parents useful tips like Pull-Ups.com, which has activities and resources for every step of the potty training journey. Books, magazines and advice from other parents can also help give you guidelines on potty training dos and don’ts.
Make Potty Training Easy for You — and Fun for Your Kid
Smart potty training can also be fun potty training. And that’s a serious win-win for you and your child! Check out all these great tools that can help you guide your potty training toddler through their journey.
Essential Potty Training Tools
- Potty Training Readiness Quiz. Wondering if your child is ready to start potty training? Take this quick quiz to find out.
- Potty training to-do list. This list of simple tasks to accomplish before you start potty training can help you feel confident, you’re ready to kick off the big adventure.
- Pull-Ups® training pants. A key part of your child’s development and transition to using the potty is learning to pull their pants up and down. Pull-Ups® training pants make this easy — and they help you by making clean-up much easier than underwear when the inevitable accidents happen.
They come in fun designs with your child’s favorite characters too, so take your child along to the store to pick out their first package. “For both my son and daughter, we made going to the store to pick out a potty seat and their own disposable training pants big events,” said Julie. “We really wanted to signal to them that they weren’t babies anymore, so we moved them into Pull-Ups® training pants and started talking to them about what it meant to be a Big Kid.”
- Potty Training Personality Quiz. No two kids are the same — in potty training or in other aspects of life. We’ve identified that there are five common potty training personalities though and knowing what type of potty trainer you have can help. Take the short quiz and then find tailored tips throughout the Pull-Ups® potty training website.
- Potty training certificates. Print out a certificate to congratulate your child on a big day in their potty training journey — the first day they use Pull-Ups® training pants, the first time they sit on the toilet or any other big moment.
- Potty Time Sequence Cards. These printable cards can help you and your potty training child keep track of potty time.
- Coloring sheets. Get your toddler excited about potty training and help them practice their ABCs and 123s with these printable coloring mats.
- Handwashing poster. Hang this poster by your bathroom sink to remind yourself and your child about the five steps to getting hands clean and germ free.
With all these potty training tools just a click away, you can make potty training easy for you — and fun for your child too. Just remember some of the most important tools in potty training are praise, hugs and five fives. Be generous with them — and keep the positivity flowing even when set-backs happen.
“As a parent, you’ll learn that you can’t push or get frustrated. Each child will train when he or she is ready,” Julie concluded. “Hang in there... it’s two steps forward and one step back, but once you find a system that works with your child, stick with it. They’ll be using the potty by themselves in no time.”