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Today I teamed up with Pampers Easy Ups, to share some pointers on early Potty Training your little ones. I didn't have much (or any) knowledge on potty training, or when it’s best to start, so I decided to go ask other mamas that have gone through the potty training phase many times before for some tips. When I asked these Mamas when a good age was to start potty training, most of them said around 2-3. But they waited until each specific child was ready by showing certain signs.
What are the signs to look for? A toddler is "ready" once they can pull their pants up and down by themselves, is aware of being wet or dirty, and understands and has the words to express when they have to go potty.
Marloe is just 18 months and isn't completely ready to fully transition to potty training, but there are some tips to successfully transitioning her to the potty that I picked up from these mamas that I can start now. This way when she is ready, it will be a super smooth transition and not a big change for the both of us.
5 TIPS TO EARLY POTTY TRAINING
1-Find a good Easy Up!
Training underwear is crucial in a breezy transition for mama and baby when it comes to potty training. I have been using Pampers Easy Ups for the past month and am super impressed. They are perfect for the toddler stage Marloe is in right now, but still ultra absorbent for her many accidents she has. A few awesome product details about Pampers Easy Ups: • Easy Ups look, fit, and feel like real underwear while providing the outstanding leak protection you’d expect from Pampers. Your little ones will think it’s underwear, but you’ll know it’s Pampers. • Pampers Easy Ups have a 360° stretchy waistband for an underwear-like fit that’s easy for your toddler to pull up and down. Easy Ups are super soft, like cotton underwear, to keep your toddler comfortable. Easy Ups also tear easily at the sides just in case it’s needed. • Easy Ups are the only training underwear with Pampers exclusive Extra Absorb Channels™, which provide outstanding protection against leaks during the day AND night. Dual Leak-Guard Barriers™ around the legs prevent the leaks that can happen when they are on the move. • The Thomas the Engine™ and Hello Kitty™ designs on Easy Ups help make potty training fun for both boys and girls.
2-Ask your child frequently if they have to go potty.
I ask Marloe if she needs to use the potty, or if her Easy Up is wet or dirty. This way she starts to realize when she needs to go, and when she has gone. Since doing that, she has begun coming to me when she has to go, and every once and a while we make it to her potty before she goes! That’s a win to me!
3-Get them used to the toilet.
I bought a toddler Seat that hooks onto our toilet. When Marloe has to go to the bathroom I'll stick her on it for a couple minutes at a time. Even if she doesn't end up going, she still is beginning to understand what the toilet is for and she is comfortable using it. She loves jumping off, checking inside, and flushing the toilet. I make sure she knows that the bathroom is a comfortable place, and not something she should be afraid of.
4-Dress them for success.
What clothing you put on your baby definitely makes a difference on how often you are willing to plop them on the pot! I often dress Marloe in just a shirt and Easy Up at home to make taking off and putting back on a Easy Up quick and easy.
In the beginning, with most babies, you are all the entertainment that is necessary to keep your child on the potty. Once your child gets more mobile, it can get a little trickier. It’s a good idea to keep books, toys, and even music in the bathroom for their entertainment. I have heard of mamas, singing to their babies as well. Whatever keeps them on the pot long enough to go potty works!