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So it’s about that time, time to start potty training. It is kind of a weird stage isn’t it? You never really know when your child is “ready” but there are certainly ways to spot the signs. I’m hoping with this post, it gives you that little push you’ve been waiting for to start your OWN potty training journey with your little one. As I am at this stage myself, I know that little push is needed. The feeling of wondering: “Is it the right time now?” or “Should I wait until my child is a little bit older?”
With this post, I hope to share my experience on when I thought my child was ready to start her potty training journey to becoming a Big Kid and why the change from diapers to Pull-Ups is important. Throughout the post, I’ve included helpful links to tools that not only make the potty training journey more fun for parent and child, but also get the job done!
My First Tip for knowing when to switch to Pull-Ups
Go with your instincts. You will know better than anyone when the time is “right” to start potty training your child, but at the same time, you may also feel you have no idea when to start. And, to help spot the special ‘Signs of Readiness’ head to the Pull-Ups website to see if your child is showing signs they’re ready to start potty training.
Why Switch From Diapers to Pull-Ups
I’ve been asked before, “why make the switch and not just go from diapers to potty trained?” In my experience, this is what I’ve learned:
- Children Pick Up on the Change: Our children are so intuitive, they pick up on changes, big and small. With the switch from diapers to a training pant like Pull-Ups, your child will notice the change and know that something new is happening.
- Encourage Conversation: With the switch, I encourage an ongoing conversation with your child that educates them and coaches them through the new routine of going to the bathroom on the toilet. By having positive conversations about going poo and pee they can become more comfortable with telling you when they have to go.
- Teach Them To Pull Them Up: Kid’s love being involved and helping out. Teach your child the difference in wearing Pull-Ups and get them excited about the up and down motion, and how they look and feel like ‘Big Kid’ underwear. Kids with older siblings will likely pick up on this really quickly and be really excited about doing it themselves!
- It’s Easier For You: During the early stages of potty training when you are bring your child to the toilet often, Pull-Ups makes it a lot easier for you to pull them up and down. Should there be any accidents, the easy open sides make clean-ups easy!
When to Switch From Diapers to Pull-Ups
Your child will give you some pretty clear signs when they are ready to start potty training it’s important to pick up on those signals. Should it be 18 months or three years old, each child is so different and the signs/amount of signs they show will be very different. If you review the ‘Signs of Readiness’ or take the Quiz on the Pull-Ups website, it might help in determining if your child is ready.
I’ve had a lot of conversations with other mothers about potty training and when they started. Generally, most mothers always said that it is important to wait until your child is ready. Don’t stress about how old they are, it doesn’t make it easier for anyone. Look for their signals and when they start showing signs you can start taking actions to having them potty trained.
Once you make the switch you’ll notice how much easier they make visits to the toilet. Your child will be comfortable with soft, stretchy sides and will quickly learn to pull them up and down themselves, making your job a breeze. In case of accidents, you can utilize the easy open sides for quick changes.
See my full post on 6 Signs Your Child is Ready to Start Potty Training for more information.
Make Potty Training Fun
There are so many resources out there on tips and tricks to make potty training fun. Look up different potty training incentives, tips and interactive games that can be used to encourage potty training and create a positive experience. The more positive the experience the more likely your child will have a successful potty training journey.
Keep in mind that potty training isn’t going to happen overnight, it’s going to test your patience and there will be days that don’t go as planned (pees and poops in places you’d rather not remember) but at the end of the day, stay positive and remind your child they are doing a great job.