Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm a Pull-Ups® First Flush Ambassador! #CelebrateFirstFlush #MC #sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I am so excited to be working with Pull-Ups. Macyn will be our third child to potty train, and I've learned pro's and con's from potty training with our first two girls. While Macyn knows when she's going potty in her diaper, she doesn't quite have the whole understanding behind it, so now that she's hit her 2nd birthday, we're giving potty training a shot! Over the next two months I'll be sharing our journey along the way and the ups and downs we'll face as we embark on to a potty trained toddler. 

Signs a child is ready to potty train:    
  • Stays dry for at least two hours.
  • Is dry after a nap.
  • Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers.
  • Shows increased interest in the bathroom.
  • Asks to use the toilet or potty char.
  • Has regular and predictable bowel movements.
  • Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear.
  • Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go.
  • Follows simple verbal directions.
  • Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself.

While Macyn doesn't show all the above signs, she does have some, and its a great start.
When our oldest daughter was a toddler, I pushed her to potty train. I was pregnant with our second daughter and thought it would be better to have just one child in diapers, but after a while, I discovered she wasn't ready. I thought it would be so easy and she would get it right away, but I think I actually hurt her from training earlier than she eventually did. Madison finally potty trained fully a few months before her 4th birthday, and I knew with all the issues I had, I wasn't wanting to push our other girls unless they were ready.

Once our second daughter starting filling up her diapers quickly, I wondered if potty training should start. This time around, we simply pulled out the potty, showed it to McKenzie and what it was for, and let her decide when she was ready. To our surprise, McKenzie was curious about what her sister was doing, and started to follow her lead. I was so happy to see our two year old learning to use the potty and get the hang of it so fast! She potty trained a couple months before her third birthday, and it was so much easier than our first try with her older sister. 

I'm excited to use Pull-Ups with Macyn because it saves me an accident clean up by putting her in panties, but since they're made to feel similar to underwear, she'll learn over time that its not a regular diaper and will feel the effects from pottying in the Pull-Ups. 

With different resources on the Pull-Ups website, you can trouble shoot ideas if needed, and also find fun videos and even potty charts online. Tracking the success of your child can be fun for both parents and their child because they can see the progress they're making, and you can make it fun by rewarding with stickers every time they go. 

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