What is your child’s potty personality?
Our brief assessment will help you determine what kind of Potty Partner you have and provide a personalized lesson plan on how to achieve potty training success together based on the results.
Your Squirrel wants to have fun with his Pull-Ups®, so help make this happen right from the start. At the store, let him choose which designs he’s going to use, and when you get home, let him help open the package. "Do these go on your head? Nooo... Do they go on your elbow? Where do they go and what do they do?" Help your child play with the process of understanding what Pull-Ups do and what they’re for.
Maybe your Squirrel would like to try on Pull-Ups right away? That’s fine, but don’t push; maybe she’d prefer to help you stack them in a drawer or on the shelf like blocks so they’re ready to use later. Here are a few games you can play to get your child even more comfortable with the potty training process.
Since Squirrels love to play, engage your child with a “Pull-Ups Scavenger Hunt.” Hide items such as Pull-Ups,Big Kid* Flushable Wipes and even a potty chair around the house or playroom, and have your Squirrel suss out where they are. Then, together you can find special places to stash these new potty essentials.
Another helpful tool is the “Which Is Faster: Diapers vs. Pull-Ups?" game. Your child is always in motion, and you can use this to your advantage. This game allows your child to see that wearing Pull-Ups can help her speed up the process in the bathroom so that she can get back to playing sooner.
When you’re talking with your Squirrel, reinforce how easy and fast it is to go to the potty when wearing Pull-Ups.“Now that you see how much easier and faster it is to use the potty instead of having a diaper change, let’s try that way, all the time. Then you can get back to your [dinosaurs/fairy garden/soccer ball/play tent] even sooner.”
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 him. Next, make the first time he pulls 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.
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. “Your Pull-Ups will be right here. Maybe you’ll be ready to try one on after I change you next time.”
Create a special book with your Squirrel about going to the potty. Use your child’s name, favorite colors, plus details from your lives. Kids love to see themselves as the star of the story. Offer this book while your Squirrel is sitting on the potty, and later when he’s running for President. But seriously, it’s helpful for keeping your Squirrel focused while on the potty, and make sure to bring the book when you are traveling or in an unfamiliar place. Here is some text you might use in the book. Feel free to customize it for your toddler: