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It looks like we are approaching another milestone at our house. I love that blogging has allowed me to be able to share our experiences here with you, and not just that but as a new mom, its been wonderful being able to connect with other moms who are going through what I’m going through.
Next up?? Potty training!!
I don’t think a new mother could have been in a better spot at the most perfect time. Most of you know that I have a 2 year old. We are planning her 2 year birthday party right now, so she’s about that time that we should be ‘entertaining’ the idea of potty training. Now, this is not what I was initially thinking before the luncheon. Before the luncheon I felt a little bit pressured. She wants NOTHING to do with the potty chairs we bought her right now. She will take them apart and play with them, she refuses to sit on them, so before the luncheon, even at just 2, she had me a little nervous. Why? Because I had heard stories about kids being potty trained at 1 year, 18 months and 2, so I just thought, she should already be close to that point – at least. It was such a relief to sit and hear stories from other experienced moms on what they went through and I learned that it can take some time, and every child is on their OWN time. They learn when they are ready. You can’t force them to BE ready, but once they are, it makes the entire process VERY simple. I can only hope this is us.
Here are a few tips I learned from the luncheon.
Potty Training Tips
1. Be consistent not strict
This should become routine, so stay positive and supportive. Make the learning process fun and easy. Don’t make them feel pressured or feel that this is something they HAVE to do or scold them for not doing it. If your toddler is anything like my toddler, the first thing they will do when they think you WANT them to do something is run off and avoid doing it! Haha, that’s exactly where she is right now. She is own, independent self right now. In order for me to get her to try new things, we all have to act like it’s fun, and if she’s rewarded with a cheer or a ‘YAY’ after it, she’s likely to do it again.
2. Use Training Pants
Training pants are specifically designed to help kids learn because they are easy to pull up and pull down. They do protect against leakage like diapers, in case of accidents. And from what I learned from other moms at the luncheon, there WILL be accidents. Training pants gives kids the independence to take them off when they need to, but at the same time gives them the protection to avoid embarrassments of any accidents.
3. Be on your own time
The best tip I took away from this luncheon undoubtedly was to be on our own time. There is no set time limit for your child to learn. Just hearing the stories from other mothers at the luncheon, I realized every kid learned on their own time. Some took a day, some took weeks, months, even a year to be fully potty trained. Don’t let anything make you feel pressured moms! You are doing the best that you can. Your child will learn when they are ready. If your child just flat out refuses or gets fussy (like mine) at the moment you try to sit them down on their chair, forget about it for a few weeks and try again.
At the luncheon we were all given some Huggies Pull Up’s to try out. She’s already showing an interest in wearing them because they have her favorite fairy princesses on them. Now the challenge is to get her to see that she needs to pull them down when she has to go! I will keep you up to date on our progress!
One last thing, I also learned that there is an app for that! You know that commercial that says – “there’s an app for that”. Well it’s true! 🙂 There is actually an app that can help with potty training! I thought this was really cool because my daughter is always trying to get on my tablet trying to use my apps. Well this is an App for her that could help her with her training AND she gets to interact with all her favorite Disney princesses. 🙂
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Do you have any tips to share with me on what worked for you? If so, I would LOVE to hear them. New mothers need all the help we can get from you experienced moms!