Emphasize the independence and freedom of wearing Pull-Ups to your Bear Cub: “I know you like to do things in your own time, so when you’re ready, these new Pull-Ups will help you to pull down your own pants when you need to go potty, and pull them up again when you’re finished. This way, you can go when you want to go. You won’t need to have me interrupt your playtime with a diaper change.”

Your Bear Cub isn’t likely to be tuned in to sensory changes such as wet or dirty diapers; she simply gets too engrossed in whatever else she is doing. So Bear Cubs may need some assistance in feeling when they may have eliminated. Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn® become cool to the touch when they are wet, which helps children make the connection between what’s happening inside their bodies and what happens on the outside. This process of awareness is key in helping your Bear Cub to progress in becoming more aware of her bodily functions. You can talk about other things that are warm/cold to help your Bear Cub understand the idea.

Since Bear Cubs aren’t known for being overly fastidious, it's good to emphasize the importance of keeping yourself clean. Give them some Pull-Ups® Big Kid* Flushable Wipes, and use the opportunity to make a game — something that Bear Cub would like — out of wiping and flushing. You can even create a “wipe, wipe, wipe and flush” chant for your household.

Pulling pants up and down is an important skill that builds independence — for potty training and beyond. Make sure your child has pants with an elastic waistband, and give opportunities throughout each day to practice this skill. Give your child a choice when you’re introducing Pull-Ups. Let her be part of the process in choosing her type of Pull-Ups, and the character on her Pull-Ups. Work together to find a special place in the bathroom for the Pull-Ups, and let her know that they’ll be there when she’s ready. There are bound to be times when your Bear Cub just won’t be interested in playing with the potty or choosing any Pull-Ups. She just wants to get back to her playing. That’s okay. You can try again later. “Your Pull-Ups will be right here. Maybe you’ll be ready to try one on after I change you next time.”

These times, you can say, “I know you want to get back to playing, so let’s put on your Pull-Ups quickly. Remember to feel for it to get cool, and let me know if you feel it, so we can change you and get you nice and dry.”

Potty training is a big moment — it’s when your little one becomes a Big Kid. So it’s important to reinforce this change, and there are a couple easy ways to do so. First, be consistent. When you take your kid out of diapers, keep him out of diapers. Pull–Ups are more than a training pant. They’re also a symbol to your little one that it’s time to potty like a Big Kid. Going back and forth from diapers to pants only confuses them. Next, make the first time they pull on a pair of Pull-Ups a symbol — a promise that you’re in it together and will work and learn together on your potty training journey.