Potty Training seems to be one of the hottest topics in parenting. It can be fraught with stress and anxiety on the part of both parent and child. It’s a natural transition from childhood to big-kidhood. So, it should be treated as a natural process. One thing for sure – your child WILL eventually be potty trained. Be sure to not compare your child, or your parenting of said child to other children. Your child will progress at their own pace. There is no amount of forcing that’s going to make potty training happen any sooner. I’m all about gentle encouraging though!
My big boy was by far the easiest. He only took a few weeks, which really only felt like a couple of days, and there’s been no nighttime bed wetting issues. The twins were double trouble. It did finally happen, and they were night dry about the same time as they were day time trained. Now, Little Girl is a whole other story. It took her a good 6 months to get the day time potty training. She will still dance around and wait until the last minute to dash to the bathroom. We assumed she was ready to be night dry! Wrong! We’ve tried numerous methods – diapers, panties, draw sheet, puddle pad, limiting beverages, etc, to no avail. She’s just not ready to be night dry.
I’m not comfortable having her wear diapers to bed because it seems to reinforce the idea that she’s not in control. However, with Pull-Ups, she can put them on after bath and still make independent visits to the bathroom. She can also easily remove it in the morning, and if she’s wet (which she is most of the time), she can remove it and put on her own panties. Dressing herself is no problem – she changes her clothes numerous, and I mean numerous times during the day.
I’m so glad Pull-Ups helps remove the stigma of bigger children not being able to control their bathrooming. I had a friend in grade school who used to come spend the night, and she had bed-wetting issues. She had her own stash of Pull-Ups and she could discreetly put them on in private, and remove them in the morning without any drama which was way better than wetting a friend’s bed.
One of the best ways to encourage potty training is through positive reinforcement and awareness.
On January 29th, Pull-Ups is throwing a larger than life potty training celebration in Times Square to help parents and tots kick-off potty training the right way. With a giant potty, live performers and a spectacular light-up billboard celebration, parents and tots can experience the excitement first hand as they prepare to celebrate one of the biggest milestones in a child’s transition from baby to Big Kid™ – their First Flush.
Parents too need to be rewarded for helping their child make this big transition, and staying sane in the process. It might be a fun idea to video document the training process. Capture that First Flush moment and celebration on tape and enter win a dream family vacation. I am excited to be hosting my own “First Flush” party in the coming weeks!
Pull-Ups is asking parents to share their tot’s First Flush celebration moment for the chance to be featured on a Times Square billboard during the First Flush celebration on January 29 – and ultimately be entered to win a trip to the most magical family getaway destination on Earth. Get on it, because you don’t have much time!
“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to host a party. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”