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.
Turtles can be rather unpredictable in their potty times, which means it may be difficult to know when to coach her to go to the bathroom. Pay careful attention to her cues, and talk with your Turtle about them.
In order to know when to go to the bathroom, your child needs to begin to understand and become comfortable with what’s happening inside her body.
How does your body feel when it’s time to go?
“Part of using the potty is knowing how your body feels when you have to go. I know I have to go to the bathroom when my tummy feels tight and heavy. I have to squeeze my tummy from the inside to keep the pee or poop from coming out until I get to the toilet. Do you ever feel your pee or poop coming? It helps to put a hand on your tummy to check. How does it feel in there? Once I sit down on the potty, I can stop holding my tummy tight and let it all go. Ahhhh. This helps my pee or poop come right out into the toilet! When you think you have to go, tell me so I can help you try, too. You’re doing great so far. It’s so cool that you’re learning all this Big Kid stuff.”
Get to know your child’s favorites. Which Disney character (on Pull-Ups products) does your Turtle relate to best? Use this character as a guide, and have fun with it! Work the Disney character into a story you are telling that will help your Turtle feel comfortable with the changes associated with potty training.
Experiment with the different types of Pull-Ups to see which appeals to your cautious Turtle. Cool & Learn® Training Pants give you a little help in teaching wetness awareness, as they become cool when a child pees. Learning Designs® Training Pants have a design that fades when they get wet. This works well as a visual cue: “Oh! I seem to have peed!”
Even if your Turtle notices his Learning Designs have changed, or that his Cool & Learn feels “funny” to him, he may still be hesitant to initiate a trip to the bathroom for a change. If you suspect he needs some help, get out a toy and role play what is happening. You can even use the same character as is on the Pull-Ups, if you want.“(Character name) is feeling like he needs to go to the bathroom. His tummy is getting tight and full. He’s feeling like he needs to dance around. What do you think he should do?” Ask open-ended questions about what the character is feeling, and notice how the character can help your Turtle share when they are feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable talking about themselves.
Turtles tend to get nervous about the process, which can cause them to have a hard time releasing the muscles they need to relax in order to “let it all come out.” Don’t be afraid to get silly, and redirect attention to a toy, book or story to help your Turtle to relax.
Turtles tend to get nervous about the process, which can cause them to have a hard time releasing the muscles they need to relax in order to “let it all come out.” Don’t be afraid to get silly, and redirect attention to the toy to help your Turtle to relax so his body can do what it needs to do.
Watching a peer or a sibling is also helpful for Turtle since it takes away the mystery. Siblings and cousins can be a huge help for all training toddlers. For Turtles, it allows them the opportunity to be nearby the potty process without too much personal performance pressure. It allows your Turtle to get used to the idea and the routine via observation. Be sure to remember that if your child is a girl, it is important for her to learn to wipe from front to back, so make sure you show your Turtle. Here are some other ways to deflect potty performance pressure:
Once your Turtle becomes comfortable with the toilet and her bodily functions, create easy goals and collaboratively develop predictable routines for the process. One way to do that is to use the Time to Potty app.The app helps remind you and your Turtle every 30 minutes (or another time of your choosing) that it’s time to try to use the potty.
“Every time the Time to Potty timer goes off, we to try to put something in the potty. It’s okay if nothing comes out, but we can try. And, you’ll get to play a fun game each time you take a potty break. You get to choose which game you want as your reward!”
If your Turtle resists using the Time to Potty app at any point, back off and take a break. “Okay, do you want to put your Pull-Ups back on, or should I? And you let me know when you want to start up Time to Potty again.” Feel free to try again after a short break, and see how Turtle responds.
In general with Turtles, you want to positively reinforce habits, but be careful: Your Turtle will back off if they get too much praise, as it makes them feel self-conscious. Give short, specific feedback about what’s working.
Sometimes your Turtle may be frustrated because nothing is coming out. You want to keep the experience positive, so take a break. You can always come back and try again soon. Short, enjoyable trips to the potty will breed much more success than long, miserable visits. Listen to your Turtle’s cues and resist the temptation to push him too quickly toward potty training.