It’s time to potty train!!! Don’t you wish that someone would give us parents a warning, or some bells, or something to let us know that it’s time. Or that our children would just immediately just say – I want to use the potty!
I was very fortunate with my son because he give the proclamation that he was no longer wearing diapers (read more about it here!) and wanted to start going potty. Before that, we were taking things slowly but once he made the proclamation, things went full speed ahead. But sometimes it’s not that simple, sometimes, you might have to do some guessing to figure it out. Here are some tips to know when it’s time to go potty…
1. Dry diapers in the morning or staying dry for long periods of time.
If your child wakes up regularly with a dry diaper, then it may be time to start potty training. For about 2 weeks straight, Micah woke up dry…and immediately asked to use the potty. He would start crossing his legs in anxiety and would even cry at certain times because he wasn’t ready to wake up, but had to go to the potty. Also, he would stay dry for long periods of time during the day. I would change diapers less frequently, and he was actually more aware about when he needed to go to the potty, even before he was asking to go.
2. Uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers.
When your child was younger, it would be nothing for them to walk around for hours with a wet or dirty diaper. We, as parents, would have to check their diapers regularly to make sure that they don’t have to be changed. When your child is ready to start using the potty, that will change. They will feel uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers. They may even remove the diaper, or ask you to change them. Micah would always grab a diaper and the wipes, lay on the floor in front of me, and ask me to change him. That’s when you know it’s time to start potty training!
3. Talk about using the potty.
Introduce your child to the potty – read a book and talk about using the potty.
There are numerous children’s books available on potty training that will help both you and your child to start the potty training process. I learned numerous tips from these books, that I still use to this day. Our favorites were P is for Potty (the only time that Micah liked Sesame Street), Everyone Poops, and Pirate Potty. Micah still loves reading these books at night although he’s been well on his way to being fully trained for a few weeks.
Reading a book will also allow you the opportunity to talk to your child about using the potty. Talk about being a big boy (or girl) and why they should start using the potty. Explain all the great benefits of learning how to use the potty –
4. Asking to use training pants or underwear.
After we had our conversation about using the potty and reading several books, Micah started asking to use training pants and underwear. He wanted to be a “big boy” as he had seen in the books and in order to do that, he felt that he needed to use training pants and underwear. It was not even a thought, I ran to my local Wal-Mart and bought a pack of Pull Ups. And although there have been some rough patches along the way, we have still been full speed ahead.
5. Asking to use the potty.
This is possibly the biggest sign that your child is ready to start going to the potty. Even when Micah was in the process of potty training, he would never ask to go. I would recognize that he needed to go by the look on his face or the pause after he was running around for a while, but he would still never ask. Most times, we would run to the bathroom when I saw the cue but he would be all done before we could get to the potty.
One day, he started asking to go to the potty. And I was so excited! It was the last step in knowing that potty training was the way to go.
The Pull Ups Starter Kit was the perfect complement to us starting potty training. It provided a cute case – one from Jake and the Neverland Pirates and another from Doc McStuffins – and included were a big pack of diapers, flushable wipes, and some tools and ideas to use as a reward system.
And the Big Kids Academy has some great tips to get started and how to ensure success with potty training. I have read so many tips and ideas that I have incorporated into our potty training experience. I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Every Kid is Unique. That’s why when you enroll at the Big Kid Academy, you’ll get a personalized “My Pull-Ups®” page with potty training activities and advice customized to your point in the potty training journey.
The Big Kid Academy has a world-class library of potty training tips and advice from parenting experts, medical professionals and our brightest alumni: parents who have been there. Subjects include:
- How to talk to day care providers about potty training
- Solutions for nighttime
- Potty training on the go
- The best clothing for potty training
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