Monday, August 31, 2015

Potty Training Tips and Tricks with Pull Ups & Family Dollar

Having four children and potty trained two so far, I think I've learned pros and cons about potty training a toddler. With our first child I could see things that I never wanted to do again, so with our second daughter it went much more smoothly in her success. Now we're on to our third child who is three years old, and while she's being a little stubborn about the process, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to push our children along the way when it comes to being fully potty trained.

I feel as though you get what you pay for, and this is why I prefer to use Pull-Ups with my children. Pull-Ups training pants have unique patterns that fade when wet to help your child learn to stay dry, and the easy-open sides make it easy to for possible accidents. Since they’re stretchy it also allows children to feel like they're being a big kid because they can slide on and off with ease. New Disney designs feature Doc McStuffins, Ariel, Jake and the Never Land Pirates,Lightning McQueen, Sophia the First and more. Characters are an important part of the training process because your children see their favorite characters, similar to the joy of picking out their first big kid undies later down the line. 

When it comes to potty training, you have to remember that every child is different, their bodies are different, and their personalities are different. Below are what I feel like would be my tips and tricks to get your toddlers potty training. 

  1. Letting your child pick out Pull-Ups. 
  2. Having special rewards when they successfully go in the potty.
  3. Always making it a very big deal when they do go potty successfully.
  4. Easy clothes for your child to learn independence when they have to go.
  5. Allowing extra time in public for your child to have frequent breaks. 
  6. Helping them get in tune with their bodies and urge to potty. 
  7. Let them choose their own underwear when the time is right. 

I feel as though when your child is a part of the process of picking out items like a potty chair, the training pants, maybe even the rewards stickers or candy, this can help them feel as though they're the one making the decisions and learning the next step in life. 

When it comes to rewards, simple things like a book of stickers, an M&M, or even special time together can make them feel special and see that good things can come from over going the potty fears. 

My girls always got very excited when they were able to successfully go in the potty, and for me this meant getting just as excited as they were. I mean, potty training is a huge deal and if they feel your happiness and pride, they're more likely to continue in the journey and get more excited each time. 

Easy clothes are important because you don't want your child struggling to pull pants down when they have that sudden urge to go potty. For our girls, they just wore longer sun dresses around our home and didn't worry about pants, but this can't always be the case. Sweat pants or leggings can be a good alternative so they still have clothing on, but it's a quick off process to accomplish the goal of making it to the potty in time. 

I remember when our oldest daughter was potty training, I always had her try before we left the house, while we were in public, or before we left a public place. The first time she used a "public" restroom was after her dentist appointment when she was in her later 3's. She had her Pull-Ups on in case of accident, but I had her try and she went! She was so happy and proud of herself, smiling from ear to ear with excitement. 

The last step in ultimately potty training would be buying underwear. Kids always flip flop on their decisions, but taking them to the special aisle in the store and telling them they can pick whatever they want because they're a big girl/boy is such fun. It's one more step toward independence for them and knowing they are on the right track! 

For a limited time, Family Dollar is offering a great discount on Pull-Ups for the kiddos. Simply text "Care" to 28767 and you'll get a coupon to buy Pull-Ups for only $8.50. You can find your closest Family Dollar by heading to their website here, and then text for the coupon and head on in! Don't forget, you can always head over to the Pull-Ups website for tips, tricks, and even rewards charts for your little ones. 

Many thanks to Pull-Ups and Family Dollar  for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to share my potty training story!