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I’ve always believed that kids let you know when they are ready for significant changes – from giving up the crib, to learning to read to potty training.
The times I’ve pushed this and tried to do things on my timeline have always backfired.
Instead, I try to relax and go with the flow, providing the support they need for the next step in their journey.
Although it wasn’t ideal timing with a cross country trip on the horizon, Skye recently let me know that she was ready for potty training.
The first thing we did was switch from diapers to the new, softer Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® which I picked up at Walmart for just $8.97. I’ve always loved the wide variety of baby products at Walmart!
They offer 10% more coverage and improved stretch to help them slide on and off easily. They also are more absorbent than previous Pull-Ups training pants and have easy-open sides that do not tear. There is also a wetness indicator that shows Disney Character art when wet.
I think it is critical to consider your child’s personality before you begin potty training.
Every child a potty training style. One of my sons was a “Puppy”. Puppies are ready and willing to potty train, just needing to learn the routine. They are easy to motivate with treats. The other was a “Turtle” – resistant to change, slow to warm up to new situations with a will of steel.
Skye is more of a “Bear”. She is floating from place to place, at peace with everything as-is. She is very predictable but can also be flexible.
Because we move around so much, it was imperative to me to create a special place for Skye so that she felt comfortable using the potty.
The first thing I did was pick up a potty and bathmat to keep it on. She is very much into textures, and I knew she would like the feel of the mat underneath her feet.
I made sure it was an inexpensive mat that would be easy to throw in the wash.
I got a storage bin to keep all of our supplies in.
First up was our Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® Disney Doc McStuffins.
I also stocked up on flushable wipes.
Next, I gave some thought to what would make her feel happy to be in her potty place.
She has a much-loved monkey that she drags around everywhere. I was able to find a second monkey that we could keep near her potty. She loves to “read” to him with the books we keep in her potty bin.
I got a couple of new books, as well as some of her favorites.
Because we keep our house on the cool side, I picked up and easy to wash blanket that we could use.
Last up was stickers for reward!
The first time I showed Skye her special place, she was so excited. This enthusiasm lead to quick success. I have no problem getting her excited to go sit on the potty and that has made all the difference.
Find out which type potty training character your child is at this link.
Learn more about Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® available at Walmart.