Ready to Potty Train? Try the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership!
This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants
I have five kids so you would think by now I’d know how to potty train them. Nope. First of all, parenthood has this thing where you pretty much forget anything unpleasant so my past potty training days are quite fuzzy.
Second, every kid is different so what worked with one, doesn’t necessarily work with the next. With my fifth child– my 3 year old– I’ve been trying the “do nothing and I’m sure he will start potty training on his own” approach for quite a while and I can confirm, it’s definitely not working.
Second, every kid is different so what worked with one, doesn’t necessarily work with the next. With fifth child– my 3 year old– I’ve been trying the “do nothing and I’m sure he will start potty training on his own” approach for quite awhile and I can confirm, it’s definitely not working.
Which is why I really need the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership. It’s a whole new way to potty train – making your child a partner in the process and tailoring the program to fit your child’s personality and how they learn.
Basically, you’re working with your kid’s personality rather than against it. Seems like a smart approach given that toddlers are quite known for their very strong wills.
The first step in this program? I took the potty personality quiz. In the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership, there are five potty training personalities… the Puppy, the Owl, the Bear Cub, the Turtle and the Squirrel. The quiz will help you determine which personality is your child and then you can begin.
I learned that my 3 year old son is a Squirrel. Meaning he is always in motion! Because squirrels are always on the go, they couldn’t care less about stopping to use the potty. I need to let my toddler squirrel keep moving and help him make choices that make him feel in control.
In the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership, there are different steps to take in the potty training journey. Because my kid likes to run, they suggested the Potty Training Race Game, where I put the potty in the center of the room and we both race to it and see who can sit down first!
Once he gets this down, I can move the potty to different parts of the house and have him hop or gallop to it. Eventually, I want to get him racing to the potty and actually trying to pee.
Introducing Pull-Ups Training Pants is also key. There are lots of fun games you can play to get your child comfortable with Pull-Ups like the Pull-Ups Scavenger Hunt. Once you switch to Pull-ups Training Pants, it’s important to consistently use them (and not revert back to diapers) so there’s no confusion.
Also, let your child be part of the process when it comes to picking out which characters are on their Pull-Ups. This creates independence. So does practicing sliding their Pull-up up and down when it’s time to use the potty. Choose clothes with an elastic waistband so they can do it themselves.
Next, I’ll start helping my squirrel know when it’s time to use the bathroom. This includes setting a timer for every 30 minutes so he gets in the habit of going to the bathroom. And talking to him about what it feels like to have to go to the bathroom.
Finally, there’s also helpful steps in transitioning children to underwear, potty training away from home and nighttime potty training.
Here’s another helpful video from Dr. Heather Wittenberg on regression during potty training….
The Pull-Ups Potty Partnership offers tools and advice to guide and support parents, including potty charts, stickers and games.
My son is not yet potty trained but I know we are finally moving in the right direction! And I love that I have a partner (my son) and game plan (Pull-Ups Potty Partnership) in this journey.
Because no one should attempt potty training alone. Seriously, no one.Published July 13, 2016. Last updated June 27, 2018.