You know that excitement you feel when you receive the signal from your son or daughter that they are ready to potty train? Yes, that one! The one you have been patiently waiting forever, well maybe not forever, but for a long time. 🙂 Then it happens, not only are they interested in the potty, but they make progress in leaps and bounds. I am happy to say that I have gone through that exact same feeling and process three times now and the latest one was super easy and painless. Don’t get me wrong, not all potty training is easy peasy. Some kids take more patience than others and you just have to keep focusing on the end result. Trust me, I have been there done that!
This is why when Pampers reached out to me to host 5 of my closes potty training mommies and their kiddos to share our potty training knowledge and anecdotes, I was beyond thrilled. However, why stop with the mommies who graciously took the time to attend our #PampersEasyUps party? Today, I am going to share with you how are potty party went and a few Potty Training tips in case you are just embarking into this amazing adventure.
Let’s talk about our party set up, after all, what’s a party without amazing decorations, yummy food and a good ambiance? Our decoration palate was yellow, white and green; therefore, we hanged and decorated the tables with yellow tissue fans. To contrast & complement our yellow fans, our plates, balloons, utensils, cups were yellow and white. Our food was simple, crackers, juice, chips, cupcakes and pizza, very child friendly menu!
We asked the attending mommies to share with us some of the phrases that they have used or are using while potty training their kiddos and/or that they will like to share with other mommies. Here are the ones I liked the most: “You did it!”, “Flushing Fun”, “All about the bribes”, “Follow Daddy”, and “Love, Love, Love”.
We also pause for a minutes to read the book “You and Me Against the Pee… and the Poop too!” by Doctor, Jana, MD. The kids had so much fun learning about potty training through the eyes of Stanley.
We also took a few minutes to share these handy Potty Training Tips by Doctor, Jana, MD:
- Promote potty learning. Instead of referring to your child’s transition from wearing diapers to using the potty as “potty training,” consider calling it “potty learning.” After all, mastering this eagerly anticipated milestone of childhood takes time, teaching, and plenty of practice and patience!
- Take a teamwork approach. From the outset, I find it helps to keep in mind that potty training is a team sport. If you simply remind yourself that you are (and always will be) on the same team as your child, it can really help you stay calm in the face of potty accidents and be a much more positive and effective potty training coach.
- Stock your deck. Part of the secret to your child’s potty success will involve being well equipped and removing any obstacles that stand between your child and potty success. Sure, this typically includes a fun trip out to purchase a brand new first set of coveted “big-boy” or “big-girl” underwear. But it also means having on hand other practical supplies that can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Pampers, whose Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.
- Embrace success. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their failures. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with (and clean up) any messes and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.
- Watch for the signs. There are several characteristic signs and developmental abilities you can watch for that suggest children are ready to potty train. These signs of potty training readiness typically include the ability to use their words to express themselves, toddle their own way to the bathroom, pull down their own pants, and to be aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping (characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to pee. Or when they start hiding behind the sofa or standing in a corner to poop. It is also helpful (and increases the likelihood of potty training interest) when children start to be bothered by their poopy and/or wet diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead!
- Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be well-prepared to use the potty successfully long before he actually starts to. Reading fun and engaging children’s books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! (which I co-authored) can go a long way towards making the idea of potty training a family and eagerly anticipated one. You can take this familiarity a step further by letting your toddler accompany you in to the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it!
Not only did we had tons of fun reminiscing and sharing anecdotes, but my daughter was able to “pass the baton” to her younger cousin. She gave him a pack of Pampers Easy Ups, a potty training toilet seat insert and a copy of the “You and Me Against the Pee… and the Poop too!” book by Doctor, Jana, MD. As a matter of fact, all attending mommies received a pack of Pampers Easy Ups and a copy of the “You and Me Against the Pee… and the Poop too!” book, so that their little ones can also keep up the good work.
Are you familiar with Pampers Easy Ups training pants? If you are not, you maybe you are aware that Pampers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies. Well, that same care that goes into Pampers diapers is now available in Pampers Easy Ups. Pampers Easy Ups has an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pants and ensures little ones remain dry. Here are a few more facts:
- Pampers Easy Ups® have fewer leaks than the other leading training pants
- Fun Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls
- A more underwear-like design for growing toddlers
- Graphics that fade when wet to help little ones learn
- Super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty
- Available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T
I want to thank Pampers for the opportunity to celebrate such an amazing milestone. I also want to thank our friends and family members who were able to attend our #PampersEasyUp celebration party and then submitted their Pampers Easy Up review. For more information please visit the Pampers Website here or follow Pampers on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to…
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced by anything or anyone.