Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pampers through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants, all opinions are my own.
Potty training your child is one of the bigger milestones that we look forward to in parenthood. I recently potty trained our older son, which didn’t go as I expected. Since our boys are only 13 months apart in age, our younger son is now showing signs of being ready to potty train. I’m hoping that he trains easier than his brother!
Honestly, I think he will be a bit easier to potty train simply based on the fact that he has been able to watch and learn from his brother. Wishful thinking? I’m not sure! I do know that I’ve personally been able to learn from experience what I did and did not do correctly while potty training our older son, which will hopefully be beneficial as we begin potty training round two!
Here are some things I wish I would’ve known while potty training my son for the first time:
Potty training takes time and work – The first time our son successfully went potty, it was a huge sense of accomplishment for him and for me, too! I was so excited and proud of him! I thought to myself, “Wow, this is so easy!” Yea, not so much. After that, he refused to go to the potty again for quite some time. Then, he would only go pee pee in the potty for a while. Becoming fully potty trained has taken much longer than I expected, and certainly longer than some of the 3 day programs I’ve read about.
2. While in the potty training trenches, make sure you have backup. What I mean by that is, don’t be afraid or ashamed to use Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants to help with the potty training process. Every child is different, but I know that our son needed these. They’re great for day or night. During the day they help kids train, and they protect them at night, with up to 12 hours of leak protection, so I know my kids won’t wake up soaked.
3. Pack extra clothes and supplies – One afternoon during the early potty training days, we went to a park near our house. He had successfully gone potty before we left the house, and was wearing big boy underwear. I didn’t pack extra clothes for him since I thought he was able to use the bathroom. Well, my potty training confidence was shattered when another mom pointed out that my kid was peeing on the playground, and was soaked down to his shoes. Not fun. We had to leave the park and head home to get cleaned up. From then on, I always made sure to pack extra clothes just in case of an accident.
4. Be patient – Remember that your child is learning a new life skill, and it definitely won’t happen overnight. With the right attitude and the right tools to assist you on the potty training journey, it’s sure to be a successful process.
What other potty training tips would you share with a mom who is potty training her child for the first time?