Your free-spirited toddler’s relaxed nature and go-with-the-flow attitude helps them adapt, so you don't have to worry too much about getting the potty training script “just right.” On the other hand, free spirits are so mellow, they may need a prod to use the potty at all. This will require a balance of playfulness, routine, and patience to focus on their progress and keep them moving in the right direction toward full independence.
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.”
- When your child is wearing Pull-Ups® Training Pants or Pull-Ups® New Leaf™ Training Underwear, both of which have pictures that fade away if they become wet, you can ask, “What do you think your design looks like? Is it clear or faded? Let’s go have a potty party before it fades away!”
- When your child is wearing Pull-Ups® Training Pants.
Work with your free-spirited child to post pictures of Pull-Ups® around the house at eye level. Tell him, “We are posting these around the house as a reminder to check your Pull-Ups. Whenever you see one on the wall, look at your Pull-Ups to see if you’re dry. If you are dry, stop and feel what your body is telling you. Do you feel like you might have to go? If so, you can say, ‘Potty Party!’ Then, run to the bathroom and I’ll meet you there for some potty fun!”