Our youngest son K turned 2 a few months ago and ever since then we have begun the transition to all things "big boy". First it was switching his high chair to a more toddler friendly booster seat. Then it was getting rid of sippy cups and moving on to a regular size cup with no lid. Now we are planning a big move to a twin size bed! To get ready for the brand new mattress and bed we want to have K potty trained. I've already talked with K about going on the potty and he is really enthusiastic about it. One of the telltale signs that he was ready to train was when he started telling me he was poopy or wet. He didn't like having a soiled diaper on. The other sign was him having a dry diaper after naps and bed time.
My husband and I have already been through the potty training business twice before. Our daughter is the oldest. When she was training at 18 months we ended up scaring her away from it because we got way too excited when she went pee. We were literally jumping around and praising her too loudly. She ended up crying with a scared look on her face and we were crushed. We learned our lesson. For the second round at age 2, our excitement was much more subdued and we had instant success. It's important to know what type of reaction your child can handle. Some children would have thrived on the loud excitement but our daughter was scared by it. You just have to live and learn. Our daughter was given little treats here and there throughout the training and tons of positive reinforcement.
With our second child, a boy, we had a little help from grandma when he hit age 3. Our children had stayed the night with their grand parents and grandma decided to begin potty training. After we got him home he was already well versed in how to use the toilet. Potty training him was a breeze and there were no struggles at all. At age 2 our son was involved in a near fatal accident so we waited to train until age 3. The accident set him back quite a bit and he had to go through some therapy. He loved getting stickers and jelly beans for his potty training triumphs. It was exciting to not have to change diapers for once!
To prepare for our potty training I needed to stock up on Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants and Huggies Pull-Ups Flush-able Wipes. I also needed a soft potty seat to set into our toilet. We already had a foot stool from the other kids that I'd saved. Keller has become quite the pro at washing his hands so we have that part down. I heard that Walmart had a Jumbo packs of Pull-Ups Learning Designs training pants on rollback for only $8.97. That means each training pant can be as low as .34 cents. There is also a great $2 coupon on the Huggies Pull-Ups website which will work on the Jumbo pack size. So you could be paying as low as .27 cents each Pull-Up!
All I did was go the Walmart website and looked up boys Huggies Pull-Ups. Once there I placed the amount of packages I needed into my cart, put in my zip code and then my payment info. I was able to go to the store and pick my order up the very next day. It was actually ready the same day but I couldn't make it to the store before the site-to-store pickup closed for the night. I didn't need to worry about the shelf being empty when I got to the store. It was definitely convenient to have my items waiting for me when I got there. You can also have your order shipped to you. Shipping prices with Walmart are just 97 cents per item which is not bad at all considering gas prices. Either way you do it, this is a great deal.
I did happen to have a potty training success kit from Huggies that I'd saved from a past House Party. You can find something quite similar to this on Walmart.com. Pull-Ups has a starter kit that contains everything moms and dads need to get started. It has fun stickers, a DVD, dance mat and much more. I highly recommend getting this to help get you started.
Once I told K about potty training and showed him the cool Pull-Ups pants he was ready to go. My child weighs about 38-39 lbs with chunky legs and buns. The size 4T-5T fit him nicely. PULL-UPS Training Pants do come in three sizes: 2T–3T (up to 34 lbs.), 3T–4T (32–40 lbs.) and 4T–5T (38+ lbs.). PULL-UPS Night Time Training Pants are available in two sizes: 2T-3T and 3T-4T. He thought he was wearing real undies because they were so soft. It's so cute to see the pride on his little face. I definitely made the right choice going with my most trusted diapering brand. Huggies has always been our number one.
Our potty training experience has been smooth sailing thus far and I look forward to the day we can do without diapers forever. Huggies even makes a night time Pull-Ups, those are more absorbent. I've already added those to my list. It might be nice to have a pack on hand to try out. He isn't going at night so I may not need them and if not I always have a friend I can pass them on to. I recommend stocking up on a month to month basis. I figured I would need about 5 Jumbo packs and 2 packs of flush-able wipes for one month. I'm hoping to have K trained within 1 month but we will see. Every child goes at their own pace and it is important not to rush this along. When K did his first potty on the pot I gave him a blow up guitar. He was super excited! Positive reinforcement goes a long long way in any situation. Building his confidence is key. Once you can figure out how to do those two things you will be golden.
You can schedule a free potty break phone call from Mater or Cinderella to encourage your child by going here: http://www.pull-ups.com/na/pottybreak.aspx
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