Many parents often times pressure their children to start potty training their child before they are fully ready. When you try to start potty training before your child is ready, it can cause unnecessary stress for both you and your toddler. With all three of my kids, I waited until they were fully ready to potty train before I even attempted it. A few weeks ago, my youngest son decided that he was ready to start potty training. One afternoon, he came up to me and told me that he needed to go potty. So we ran to the bathroom and I sat him on his potty seat. After a few minutes after I sat him on the potty, he actually used the potty for the first time. After he finished using the restroom, we celebrated with hugs and kisses and I gave him a reward (two gummy bears). Potty training my son is a bittersweet moment for me, he is my last baby and potty training means that he is turning into a big boy. Over the last two weeks, he has done a great job and has even started using the potty at daycare. I feel that he isn’t quite ready for big boy underwear yet because he is still having a few accidents.
My son loves to spin the roll of toilet paper so that it makes a pile in the bathroom floor. Does your toddler love making a mess with the toilet paper too? I am trying to teach him that he doesn’t need to use the entire roll of toilet paper when he cleans up after using the restroom.
Disclaimer: The opinions reflected in this post are my own and I was not compensated for writing this post. All the opinions this post are based on my own potty training experiences.
Diapers Help Make Accident Clean-Up a Breeze While Potty Training Your Toddler
I have not decided whether or not to make the switch from diapers to pull ups or big boy underwear yet. I want to wait until he has fewer accidents before making the switch. I think using diapers while he is still learning how to potty training because it will be easier to clean up after he has an accident, especially number 2 ( I know TMI). Most mom’s will agree that teaching your child to go number 2 in the restroom is a bit more challenging and it might take a bit longer for your child to get the hang of it. If your child is anything like mine, he loves to go hide in a corner or play while he is working on a number 2. I am not ready to worry about cleaning up a number two out of big boy underwear yet and it isn’t my idea of fun.
Pull-Ups Make Accident Clean Up Easier as Your Toddler Begins Potty Training
Pull- ups are a great diaper alternative and are made to make it easier teach your child how to use the potty. They are easy for toddlers to pull up and down making it easier for them to learn how to pull their pants up and down when they need to use the restroom. Pull-ups are a bit pricey compared to diapers and this is why I suggested delaying the use of pull-ups until your child has fewer accidents. Pull-ups also have easy to tear sides (similar to the swim diapers) so that you can easily remove the pull-up when your child has an accident. Click here for a coupon for Pull-Ups.
Making the Switch to Big Boy or Girl Undergarments
I am still nervous to put my son in big boy underwear because he is still having quite a few accidents. I realize that accidents happen and they can be used to help your child realize when they need to use the potty. Your child has to learn to be responsible and tell you that they have to go potty, especially, if you have to help them. I think that I need to invest in a step stool for my son so that is easier for him to get on the potty by himself so that when I make the switch to underwear he can go to the potty by himself. If you want to start using big kid underwear, you can purchase plastic covers over their underwear to prevent them from soiling the carpet or furniture.
A Waterproof Bed Liner Makes Bedtime Accidents A Breeze To Clean Up
Some parents continue to use diapers during nap time and at bedtime so that they can avoid cleaning up accidents while their child was sleeping. I tend to agree because some children take more time than others before they are able to learn how to wake up, in the middle of their nap or at night, to go use the restroom. If you decide to use big boy or girl undergarments during nap time or at night, you can add a waterproof liner to your child’s mattress to prevent damaging the mattress. If your child has an accident in their bed, a waterproof mattress liner will make clean up quick and easy.
Did you continue using diapers while you were potty training or did you immediately make the switch to Pull-ups or big kids underwear?