Potty training and many aspects of parenting often come with (well intentioned) advice from others. Some of us know a friend who trained their kid in one week with absolutely no regressions, or come from cultures that preach training well before the age of two. I believe in listening to my littles! For me, that meant introducing a potty when my kiddos started to tug at their diapers or talk about going to the bathroom. It also meant only absorbing advice that truly resonated with me, and that I perceived to be suitable for my child. I also believe in approaching this milestone with compassion and the understanding that each child is incredibly different.
When it comes to potty training, the adage it takes a village to raise a child is true. If your child has an older sibling – put ’em to work! I partially credit my 5 year old daughter for my son’s potty training success. Adrian loves to imitate his older sister and she encourages him to go on his potty whenever she needs to go. When Lucia was in nursery school, I believe that she benefited from her group bathroom trips. While she was working on her potty training success she knew that all of her little friends were too. I’m also big on enlisting the help of family, friends and caretakers. If you have a method that’s working for your child – it is important to stick to your plan and ensure that all support systems are on board.
Perhaps my favorite tip is enthusiastically embracing the potty talk (at home). I honestly think that it helps to normalize the potty training process if children can lightheartedly converse and giggle about it with their parents and siblings. One of our favorite books at home is Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi. We’ve talked about the bodily functions of our children’s favorite characters when the situation calls for it, and many of our favorite songs have been modified to cater to our potty training adventures. When it comes to potty training – humor helps!
Just like Pull-Ups Every Flush Campaign, I believe that every try deserves a little celebration! Little ones are built to thrive on praise and encouragement. Celebrating their efforts (and never reprimanding potty accidents) are huge components of potty training success. So bring out the bells and whistles, the stickers and rewards. Check out the below video (and Pull-Ups facebook page) and make your littles feel like cheerleaders, acrobats and virtual balloons are serenading them in the middle of Times Square. Celebrate every flush!