Shop with your child for new undies, letting him select various colors and styles that appeal to him. If he’s in the mood, have him test out the new undies with a bedroom fashion show.

Place a small, lined hamper in the bathroom for wet underpants. Your Squirrel may swoop in and out of the bathroom to do his business before you even know it, so you want to have everything set up for dash-and-go use.

Try these Potty Talk scripts with your Squirrel:

  • “Here’s a bin of clean Big Kid underwear next to your Pull-Ups. You can use these when you’re playing the ‘Time to Potty’ game. This empty bin is for any dirty underwear. We throw dirty underwear in here instead of the garbage, where your dirty Pull-Ups go.”
  • “Here are some Pull-Ups® Big Kid* Flushable Wipes. These can help you make sure you’re clean when you go to the bathroom on your own.”

Now that your Squirrel is proudly flaunting those new undies, it’s time to break out the Time to Potty App. Tell your child, “Let’s play a new kind of Time to Potty game.” Get out your tablet or phone (which alone should grab the interest of your kiddo) and open the app with your child, having them tap the icons if they can. The goal of this app is keeping a squirrely Squirrel engaged and focused, and, for busy moms and dads, it helps you remember, “time to go” even in the midst of pancake making/blanket fort building/bill paying.

  • When you wear underwear, we will be using the ‘Time to Potty’ timer and we’ll go sit on the potty every time it rings. This will help us play the Time to Potty game with plenty of time to keep your new undies dry.”
  • “Each time you take a break, you get to play a fun game, like coloring, making music or playing with your Disney buddies. Ready to try? Let’s set the timer.”
  • “When you are wearing underwear and you don’t make it to the bathroom in time, your pants will become wet and pee may run down your legs. That’s OK. If that happens, just tell me and we’ll put your wet underpants into the laundry bin and get a new pair out of the basket.”