Each year, four million toddlers will embark on potty training. As a mom, I understand the importance of potty training. My little boy is growing up, and it’s time for him to transition from diapers to “big boy” underwear. It’s been a long time coming for my 29-month-old, but I think we’re finally ready. We’ve had a few unsuccessful starts already (with one resulting in a little “accident” on the middle of my closet floor), and with each setback I get more and more discouraged. I fear that if we don’t get this started now, he’ll be entering Preschool in a Pull-Up!
I started thinking that perhaps this is a boy thing. It was so much easier to potty train my daughter. With her, the day we swapped out her diapers she was asking to go potty. With my son, it was proved to be a lot harder than that. He has no interest in sitting on the potty, and could care less that he’s running around without a diaper on – nothing seems to phase him.
As a new Madrina del Baño with Huggies Pull-Ups, I’ve learned a few potty training tips that will come in handy this weekend when we finally begin the potty training process (for the last time!).
Are they ready? There is no set age for a child to be potty trained (although approaching 5 is pushing it!). We tried putting my son on a potty before he ever stared talking about pee-pee in his diaper. Big mistake. When your child is more aware of the “business” in his diaper, you’ll know. Until then, it’s safe to hold off on potty training.
Consistency in key! Once you start the process, keep it up. Sure you’ll have a few accidents, but the second you succumb to a setback, the process will have to be started back at square one.
Celebrate every flush! Each time your child tries to go potty is worthy of praise. Make sure they know that they are doing a great job – it will do wonders for their confidence and, likely, help them succeed.
Use Resources! There is a plethora of information on potty training – use them! The Huggies Pull-Ups website is a great information source to get you started.
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What potty training challenges did you face? Any words of advice?