The time has come where Miss M is not so much a baby anymore, she's turning three in December. She walks, she talks, she laughs and she plays. She is growing quickly from baby to little girl. She's your typical preschooler and she is ready to begin potty training.
Miss M is our youngest of three kids so you can say that we've been down this road before however, every child is different. Some kids will start younger while others may take some time (and coaxing) to get it right. Whatever you do, don't give up. Keeping positive and having patience are the best tools to help your little one thrive. You're teaching them an important life lesson, after all.
How did we know she was ready to start?
Having siblings, she has always been exposed to big kid things, including using the toilet *in the morning, before bath time or those times she just follows somebody in!*. She started to show more of an interest a couple of months ago and lately became more verbal about wanting to use the toilet. Although she has yet to actually do anything, that's one step to knowing she's ready to begin learning.
Do we have any special tools or techniques to help things along?
So far it's Dora the Explorer Pampers Easy Ups, you can also get them for boys with Thomas the train on them. She loves the fact that Dora is on her big girl pants and she is more comfortable in them as they are not as bulky as regular diapers. Easy Ups start at size 2T-3T so they are prefect to transition from diapers to underwear, something for in between. So far we don't need any special tools or techniques other than that to get her interest. I think our next step will be getting her a toilet seat cover of her own. She can sit without one but having the right seat size and a step stool to rest her feet on will help her get comfortable while potty training.
Methods we have used with our two older kids:
We tried different recommended methods such as "rewards" (stickers, candies, etc), "special underwear" and things like that. We got the toilet seat covers but didn't buy the little portable potty's as I wanted them to get used to the real toilet from the get-go. As I said, every child is different so do what works for you and your family.
The thing that works the most though, is positive reinforcement and encouragement. Kids do better when you praise the good and don't make a big huge deal out of the bad but still show them the right way.
We are just at the beginning of our potty training journey and I know it's not going to be easy. It's a learning process every time but thanks to Pampers Easy Ups, we are starting off in the right direction!
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