Potty training is an unavoidable parenting milestone that cannot be tackled until the toddler is ready. Maddy just turned 2 in March and well, I think she just might be ready. The past two weeks she has told me randomly, “mommy potty!” and each time I took her to the potty, she actually used it! We can call that a parenting win! You may be thinking that means she’s potty trained, but that’s not even the case! There are many other times that she’s decided to wait until after she’s already done her business in her Pampers Cruisers 360 fit diaper to tell me she had to potty! I mean, it would have been too good to be true if she had just potty trained herself anyways! So, here’s where parenting presents itself, the good ole, unavoidable milestone of potty training!
I’m not going to lie; the thought of the idea scares me. Maddy is surely in her terrible twos and I sort of think she might be spiteful during the process. I’ve done quite a bit of research and I want to share with you a potty-training method that we will be using that has had a high success rate.
Ready, Set, Wait, Go.
You may be excited to say goodbye to diapers forever, but it’s important that your kiddo is ready as well! If she is waking up from naps dry, then that is a sign that she may be ready. If she asks you to go to the potty, like Maddy, by all means take her to the potty. Whatever you do, just make sure you don’t force the issue. This could actually make your toddler regress and who wants to experience that? So rule #1, WAIT until your kiddo is ready. Once this has been established, proceed to step #2.
FUNderwear Shopping Spree
No one enjoys being told what they have to do, it’s human nature. So, you should include your toddler in as many of the decisions as possible. It’s also important to make the transition fun and exciting. We logged on to samsclub.com with Maddy to let her pick out her big girl underwear, and by big girl underwear, I mean Pampers Easy Ups Training Underwear! We love Sam’s Club for stocking up on essentials. We also love the option of ordering on samsclub.com with FREE SHIPPING right to our door! They have the cutest Hello Kitty design and they are so much easier to deal with than diapers because of their 360-degree flexible fit. You should NEVER run out these while potty training! The best part is that now through July 14th, Sam’s Club members can save $12 on two boxes of Pampers Easy Ups at samsclub.com. While you’re at it, you should probably go ahead a grab a potty for your little one to use. Toddlers love having their own.
Here for the Bribes
Two words: chips and stickers! Or whatever special treat your toddler loves to eat, use that. Make a promise that each time your kid goes to the bathroom, she gets rewarded with a couple of chips or a sticker, and if she wipes herself (this an entirely different battle), she should get both! I wholeheartedly believe that positive reinforcement helps with any sort of training. Kids respond so much better to it and they love encouragement more than anything.
The Actual Game Plan
The 3-day game plan. I’ve heard that this method is HIGHLY effective, but it definitely takes some work. Get ready, you’ll be attached to your little one’s hip for every waking hour for 3 days! It’ll probably be a great time for a social media detox too because she will require your undivided attention haha. Its important that you don’t leave the house for 3 days, so plan your days wisely.
According to Parenting.com, the 3-day plan goes a little something like this:
1. The morning of day 1, say farewell to the diaper! Have your little one throw the diaper in the trash and explain that the diaper is gone forever!
2. Change your toddler into an oversized t-shirt and explain that there is no longer a diaper to catch her pee or poop and it’s important, now more than ever before, that she tells you when she has to go potty.
3. Give your toddler breakfast and an extra drink! Then lead her to the potty. The extra drink should make this potty trip a success.
4. As the day goes on, interact with your little one. Play, read, color and maybe even have some screen time. Anything to entertain your little one at home, because remember, there is no leaving the house.
5. Keep a sippy cup in reach for your kiddo at all times. Walk her to the potty every 15 minutes all day long for 3 days straight. Consistency is key!
6. After dinner, it’s best to eliminate all liquids and snacks. Make one final potty trip before bed.
7. Halfway through the night, wake her up! (This part makes me the most nervous haha)
8. Repeat this exact same routine for the next two days.
9. Most importantly, remember not to get upset about potty training accidents. It takes time and consistency! Accidents are a time for learning. Don’t react.
Once the 3 days are up, the true test begins. Although the success rate is high using this 3-day plan, every toddler is different. Life will resume and external factors will present. Car rides and pit stops will be a thing and I’m sure the timing won’t be the best, but we will make it through. Haha Everyone does. It’s important to remain positive throughout the process and enjoy it as much as you can. It’s a time to bond. The saying is that no one graduates high school in diapers, so I’ll be harboring that in the back of my mind for the tough times.
I am realizing now how important it will be to have more than enough Pampers Easy Ups on hand! I will promote the Easy Ups as the real underwear deal to Maddy so that she opts for the potty and has minimal accidents in the pull up. I do love having the security that if she does have an accident, these Easy Ups have our back…side. Haha Literally.
I’m looking forward to this potty-training journey! I’ll have to update you all on how it goes. Haha. I’m sure it’ll be quite an adventure! If you’re getting ready to potty train, or even if you aren’t, it’s definitely a good idea to head to samsclub.com to grab your Pampers Easy Up Training Pants to stock up today! The direct link to the Pampers Easy Ups is https://tap.fit/B1k1mJkJS! You can’t beat the $12 savings! Happy Potty Training!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam's Club. The opinions and text are all mine.