He has mastered the fork. He has grown out of the sippy cup. He refuses to sit in a high chair. When he talks, he uses 4 to 6 word sentences. My son Brendyn turned two in June and traces of his babyhood are almost all gone. Sniff! My baby is growing into a boy and is doing it fast! Our next step in the transition is ditching the diapers.
My first question was “How can I tell if he’s ready for Potty Training?”
Watch the following video for signs of readiness and to learn more about our potty training journey (spoiler alert, Brendyn stars in this video, and I play a supporting role :))
- He verbally communicates to us what he is doing when he has to go.
- He is looking for independence. For example, he tries to dress and undress himself, and put his shoes on by himself (with some help from Mommy and Daddy)
- He shows a lot of interest in bathroom activities such as the toilet, flushing it and playing with toilet paper.
Where Did We Start?
When Brendyn turned one, he received a nice potty in the shape of a duck from his Grand-Maman. Slowly, we introduced the potty. We bought him a book about a boy who also has a potty. The first step was to sit him on the potty and read him the story so he could understand what’s expected of him. We made it a ritual before bath time that he would sit on the potty and have the book read to him. So far, we have had only one success, but we celebrated the event with a dance, high fives and lots of cheering!
We have also started using Pull-Ups Learning Designs about 3 months ago as part of our toilet training. We love this brand because:
- They have a fading design at the front that helps children learn to stay dry
- They have easy-open sides that makes it easy for us to peek and see if they need to be changed or encouraged to take a potty break. Our daycare provider also finds the Pull-Ups training pants’ easy-open sides convenient because they don’t have to undress the child completely when they need to do diaper duty.
- They are stretchy and Brendyn can pull them up or down himself, just like a Big Kid
- Brendyn loves Disney Characters, especially since our trip to Disney World in July. He definitely gets a kick out of the Disney characters on his Pull-Ups training pants.
It’s rewarding to see how proud Brendyn is of himself now that he’s a Big Kid. Look at that smile.
I have turned to my older sisters for advice. Here are a few of their words of wisdom:
“Be consistent and patient”
“If you mean to start, you have to follow through with it, don’t give up”
“Expect lots of messes, but stay positive. They need to learn to control those muscles, but they need the opportunity to use them first.”
Have you been through potty training with your kids or are currently living through the experience yourself? Do you have any advice for me and my readers who might be going through the same thing? Please leave your advice in a comment below. Your wisdom is greatly appreciated!
This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. The opinions and language are my own.