This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Procter & Gamble. All opinions are 100% my own.
When I gave birth to Leighton, exactly 23 months ago, I was automatically signed up for weekly emails that tell me how many weeks old Leighton is each week and what stages children are going through at that age. I was lying at the pool yesterday in Cabo with Shane on our 10 year anniversary trip and my phone dings. It's a new weekly email saying that Leighton was 100 weeks old. 100 weeks old. Where does the time go moms? It seems like just yesterday. As much as I loved my chunky newborn squish, I love each new phase that comes along too.
Right now Leighton is in the "I want to do everything by myself" phase. Since Leighton was 18 months old, she has been occasionally using her own potty. A few months ago, we finally started using the new Pampers Easy Ups on a daily basis. She may only use her potty once during the week, but on weekends when we are with her all day, she will sometimes use it 4 or 5 times each day. It was getting so hard and time consuming to have to undo her diaper all day when she is ready to use the potty just to put a new one on her afterwards. Pampers Easy Ups look, fit and feel like real underwear, but they have superior leak protection. They are SO much easier and quicker for a toddler to pull on and off all by themselves too. Leighton absolutely loves her independence, so it makes her feel good when she can go to the bathroom, pull down her Pampers Easy Ups and use her own potty all by herself.
We are still in the beginning phase of potty training, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips that have worked for us so far.
1. It's all about timing. It's not worth it to rush potty training. Try to stay patient, and let your child lead. Make sure they are showing signs of readiness before you start. Leighton started telling us when she had to potty, asking to take her diaper off, would take it off herself, or would get upset if she did use the bathroom in her diaper. These were some of the ways we knew she was ready to at least slowly start potty training at her own pace.
2. Go above and beyond and celebrate every small little accomplishment. We clap, give her a high five, give her a big hug and just go over the top every time she uses the potty. She runs in our room telling us she pottied every time she does it, and you can tell she is just so excited! We make sure to match her excitement with our own.
3. Reward them. I've heard that M&Ms work well. Leighton can't have sweets though so stickers have worked well for us. We keep them in her bathroom, and she gets to pick one out each time she uses her potty. Reward every accomplishment, but don't punish or make a big deal when they have a mistake. It's about positive reinforcement.
4. Try to be patient. Each child will learn at their own speed. If they can tell you're stressed or upset, it will rub off on them too. Just try to relax and know that one day they will be potty trained. Until then, be their biggest cheerleader!
5. Remind your toddler to go. Leighton is so good at using Summer Infant My Size potty at home. But when she's at daycare, or we're at the park, or out and about running errands, she never tells us she has to go. That's when we have to remind her. She is a toddler. She gets busy playing and won't always remember. Different times work for every toddler, but on the weekends, I try to gently remind her every hour. You can even set an alarm on your phone or watch. I used to ask her if she had to go, but she would usually just say no, she didn't have to go. I've learned that reminding her that she needs to potty works better.
No matter what stage your toddler is in their potty training journey, Pampers Easy Ups will make it so much easier. They are easier to pull on and off, they feel and look like big kid underwear, and they help encourage independence which can help with potty training. Right now until 10/13/16 you can get 2 jumbo packs of Pampers Easy Ups for $18 at Babies R Us. From 10/14/16-10/29/16, you can get a super pack of Pampers Easy Ups for only $24.99. What are your best potty training tips? At what age did you potty train your toddler?
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