When our little girl was about 18 months old, she stood up in the bath tub and proclaimed, “I have to go potty!” She has always been extremely smart but this still caught me off guard. I obliged and placed her on the toilet, and sure enough, she went! Was she ready to potty train?
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She continued to ask to go, usually when she was in the bath or not wearing clothes for one reason or another. She was pulling at her diaper and asking to be changed, and generally taking more interest in using the potty than she had in the past. After a few months, we decided to go ahead and begin the potty training journey with her.
The Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership is a whole new way to potty train based on your child’s personality. Our little girl is both smart and stubborn- personality traits that were important for us to keep in mind as we worked together to teach her how to use the restroom.
When I took the Potty Personality Quiz at Pull-ups.com it said that she is an owl: determined, busy, and predictable. The results are spot on. We were ready to get started with all the Pull-Ups tools and tips of the trade. She did awesome, once we got her to realize she had to stop and go potty even if she was doing something really fun. I was so proud of her and we celebrated BIG TIME, but we were still struggling at night.
While she was staying dry all day, she was still not quite ready to make it through the night. We learned that nighttime dryness evolves naturally as she grows, and explained to her that her body is still growing and nighttime dryness would eventually happen. In the meantime, we loved using Pull-Ups® Night*Time Training Pants with extra absorbency.
Just like when we bought her new underwear, we made a big deal out of going to the store and picking out her new Pull-Ups© Training Pants. She loves Cinderella, and she was so excited to have her favorite character on her nighttime training pants. I love that they have stretchy sides that allow her to slide them on and off all by herself. If she does wake up having to go she doesn’t have to come and get me for help first- she can do it all on her own. Independence is so important to her.
Every night before bed she puts on her “night-time unders”, as she calls them, and then puts on her pjs. She knows they are not diapers, so when she is awake she keeps them clean and dry, but when she is sleeping they catch her accidents! It’s the best of both worlds!
Potty training can be a frustrating and trying time as a parent, but this transition is an important achievement in your toddler’s development. You have been on your child’s team from day one. You do all you can to make sure they are happy and healthy, but potty training is the probably the first important milestone that they will be able to remember working with you to achieve. So take your time and move at a pace that is right for you and your child. Pay attention to the signals your cute little one is giving you and enjoy these moments as it can be a bonding experience.
To find out your child’s potty personality, take the personality quiz at Pull-Ups.com, and get tools and advice to help you and your child partner together throughout the potty training journey.