This post has been sponsored by Pull-Ups®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve partnered with Pull-Ups to share our potty training process as well as talk a little more about Pull-Ups® New Leaf Training Pants.
You’re probably here because either you 1. are ready to potty train your toddler, 2. your toddler is showing signs of being ready to potty train, or 3. a combo of both! I’ll break this down into a few sections talking about signs, the process and products we’re using and loving.
I’m going to preface this at the beginning, potty training is a full-time job for at least the first 3 days. Potty training takes a lot of time and energy, but once it clicks for your toddler, it becomes easier for you and them!
You might be wondering, well what are some signs your toddler is ready to potty train. Here are a few common ones below. I’ll asterisk(*) which ones Ava was doing.
Signs Your Toddler Might Be Showing
1. Hiding to pee or poop*
2. Showing interest in a potty/toilet seat
3. Can take off their own diaper*
4. Wants their diaper off immediately after pee/poop*
5. Able to perform simple undressing (ex. taking shorts/pants off)
Before really diving into potty training, we wanted Ava to be able to pull her panties down when going to the bathroom. Owen was only 3 months old when we started, so I wanted her to be slightly independent so I wasn’t trying to pull her shorts down with one hand while holding a newborn in the other. We switched from diapers to Pull-Ups New Leaf before even introducing the potty. Ava was really (I mean really) into Frozen 2 so the cute design made it a really easy transition. They’re also hypoallergenic and made with plant-based ingredients* that aren’t harsh.
*28% by weight.
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Next we took Ava on a special shopping trip where she got to pick out her potty and big girl panties. Our store of choice was Walmart because they literally have everything. We picked up a potty, Pull-Ups® New Leaf training pants, and a potty seat to go on our toilet. I read a tip that said to place the potty in a room they predominately are in. For us, that’s our living room, so we put the potty down and let it just sit there for a day.
On Day 1, we followed a method that said go completely diaper/pant free. The potty had been in the living room for a day or so at this point, so I explained when I took off her pull-up that we were going to go pee on the potty now. I made my first mistake on Day 1. I didn’t set a timer and took my eyes off her. I learned quickly that the free feeling and playing wasn’t a good combo. She was very confused on what happened and I told her that was an “uh oh” and that we need to go pee in our potty. By the afternoon of day 1, I set a timer for every 20 minutes and we attempted to sit on the potty.
This is what the next few days looked like for us. See where the full time job comes in? By the third day, peeing on the potty just clicked for her. She wasn’t saying “mama, I need to go potty” but she was making the same sounds and doing the potty dance where we both knew what she needed to do. At this point, we moved the potty from the living room to the bathroom.
By day 4, Ava and I were both ready to get out of the house. We’re never home consistently for that long of a period, so I took her to the store to pick out a special prize for going to the potty so well. I packed up her potty (and shortly after purchased a folding travel potty) for our trip. We were still pantyless, so I put a dress on her. The trip was short and sweet but we both were glad to get out of the house.
Before potty training, Ava took a nap during the day, but would go to bed between 8-8:30. When we started potty training, I’m not sure if it was the timers or her age, but she dropped her nap. The great part about it was around 7PM, she’s ready and willing to go to bed. That might not be the option for all of you, so just go with your gut. Try Pull-Ups® New Leaf training pants for nap time, and if your child is waking up dry, you might not need them.
Ava still wakes up every morning with a wet diaper, so I know it’s not time to transition just yet. But, Pull-Ups® New Leaf training pants are perfect for her to wear throughout the day. In conclusion, potty training is a little hard on both of you, especially if you’re caring for a newborn as well. BUT, it’s definitely manageable. I’m so glad we potty trained Ava before going into her 3’s class, and I’m one happy mama changing only one set of diapers.
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