Potty Boot Camp (Day 5): Tips for Potty Training
The plan is to get a waterproof mattress cover to prevent a potential mess. Since Princess sleeps in a full size bed, I'm not sure if I'd be able to get one at Babies R Us. My friend Jen recommended Bed Bath & Beyond, so I'll be heading there in a few days. Until then, Princess will be wearing pull-ups at bed time. However, we won't be buying anymore. Those things are expensive! We pay 20 bucks for 60 pull-ups! That's crazy! Soon It'll be panties all day, everyday and I can't wait!
Despite a few accidents, potty training has been great. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't as difficult as I thought either. I've come up with a few tips that has help us through this process. Hopefully, you'll find it helpful too.
1. Start by introducing your litte one to the potty before actual training begins. I read that kids begin to have control over their bladder at around 18 months. We started at 17 months. She'd sit on there for fun, and also enjoyed helping her lady bug go potty too.
2. Begin a routine. Once we realized she was ready (18 months), we scheduled potty times throughout the day.
3. Get everyone on board. It was important for my hubby and I to be on the same page. I decided to kick things into high gear last week by starting this potty boot camp. Even though Princess had a routine, she wasn't using the potty as often as she should. There were times she'd even refuse. I decided to ditch the pull-ups and have her go commando. Her dad wasn't sold on the idea at first. It took a little convincing before he was game. I also filled my mom and daycare in on the plan and they were good to go.
4. Chat with other moms. You never know, you may find out about a really cool method that could help with your efforts.
5. Stay committed. Kids perform well when there is a routine in place. After a while, Princess started telling us when she had to use the potty. I know it's easy to lose track. But when you stick with the plan, you'll get better results.
6. Reward your little one. Whenever Princess did well, we praised her on a job well done. She also got to enjoy a favorite treats.
That's all I got for now. If you have anymore tips, please include them in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
UPDATE: We've met our potty training goal! As of the end of September, Princess has been completely trained. She now asks to go potty, which an indication that she's got this thing down pat. She no longer wears pull ups during nap time. It feels so great to no longer have to buy pull ups. For those of you mommys and daddys struggling with this, don't give up!
Weather Anchor Mama