When I was asked by Huggies® Pull-Ups® to come onboard as a brand ambassador for six months, I jumped at the chance. Freddy was almost two and a half, needed to potty train, and the timing was perfect for us.
To be completely honest I’d allowed myself to get caught up in the idea that boys are harder to train than girls, and was absolutely dreading it. I had two very different experiences with Polly and Clara, and learning from past mistakes, wanted to be as child-led as I possibly could with Freddy.
I was adamant that we’d start potty training when Freddy was properly ready, and it would take as long as it took.
Then I went and got all over excited, and our first attempt in July did not go too well. Freddy was super keen to switch from nappies to Huggies® Pull-Ups®, which was great. He wanted to use the potty at every opportunity, but his enthusiasm only lasted for a few days, then he rapidly lost interest. One morning he sat on the potty with his arms folded across his chest like a grumpy teenager, giving me daggers.
I knew that we needed to take a break because he wasn’t ready. Leading child expert Dr. Heather Wittenberg says that readiness is the first of six steps to potty success. Check out all six steps here. It’s absolutely imperative that both of you are ready before starting your journey. We continued using the Huggies® Pull-Ups®, but put the potty away and stopped talking about training.
When Freddy started asking after his potty about two months later, I knew the time was right to try again.
Once we put Freddy in pants we didn’t look back, and I’m pleased to say that I kept my promise to myself, and approached potty training in a calm and laid back way. When he had accidents I didn’t make a fuss over them, just cleaned him up and said ‘never mind’. We had accidents daily in those first few weeks, but after a month the accidents became less and less.
Incentivisation really worked for us. We started with cutting a square of dark chocolate into four pieces, and Freddy received one piece for a wee and two for a poo. This kept him motivated for about two weeks, then we moved onto a reward chart and stickers, which lasted another fortnight or so. This post goes into detail about we did during that time.
Our most effective incentive was television. We stopped dishing out rewards for wees after the first few weeks, but each time Freddy did a poo in the toilet or potty, he would be given the tablet to watch a few of his favourite TV programmes. This saw an almost immediate end to the accidents he was still having.
Now, three months after we started potty training in earnest, I honestly can’t remember the last time he had an accident.
This officially puts us on step six of six – keep up the great work. It’s nice to be able to tick potty training off the never ending to do list!
Other things that helped us was a musical potty, which he loved using. Also buying special pants with his favourite characters on them. I think above all else though, my calmness was a huge factor in our success.
Freddy absolutely blew my mind by taking his pull-up off when we were getting ready for bed, about a month into potty training. I went with it, but was fully expecting him to be back in them a few days later. It didn’t work out that way though, and apart from a couple of wet beds in the first week, he’s been dry at night since.
All in all, we had an easy and stress free potty training experience. I found the no nonsense six step approach really easy to navigate. The advice and tools on the pottytraining.co.uk website came in very useful. Even though I had been through potty training twice already, it was completely different third time around. Thank you Huggies!
Once you have day time dryness underway, it’s time to focus on how to help your little one stay dry through the night.
Night-time dryness always takes a little longer to master. This is because the bladder needs to be strong enough to hold on until morning, while also be able to send clear signals that it’s full so that your child wakes up to go to the toilet.
To help your little one succeed, it’s important to take a consistent and relaxed approached.
Support him/her with these simple steps
· Create a calming bedtime routine and get them into the habit of having a last wee before bed.
· From the very beginning of a toddler’s potty training journey the key is consistency, so stick with training pants once you’ve made the switch.
· While it’s not necessary to restrict drinks in the evening, it is best to avoid fizzy or caffeinated drinks as these can stimulate the bladder into action.
· Make sure your little one can get out of bed by themselves, should they need to visit the toilet during the night.
· Help them to see where they are going by switching on a nightlight or with glow in the dark stickers.
· When you notice that their Huggies® Pull-Ups® are dry for a few mornings in a row, try without. If they have an accident in bed, go back to Pull-Ups® Night-time pants and try again later on. Remember, wetting at night can be common up to the age of five or more.
Accidents are normal, so it’s best to handle these with patience, reassurance and support. With this in mind, Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-time are extra absorbent for increased protection against little accidents.
Slim fitting and with cute Disney designs, Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-time also feature clever fading graphics to help kids understand when they’ve had a dry night and encourage them to achieve this final stage of potty training.
The fuss-free approach to night-time accidents
· Prepare – put spare pyjamas and bedding somewhere that’s easily accessible so accidents can be sorted quickly and calmly.
· Reassure – while frustrating, night-time accidents aren’t your child’s fault. Help him stay on track by reassuring him that it’s nothing to worry about.
· Stay calm – your toddler will sense if you’re stressed, which will add to his own feelings of failure. If you’re OK with it, he’ll be OK with it too.
· Don’t be disheartened – accidents at night are common in young children and the odd accident every now and again is not a sign of failure.
Wishing you the best of luck on your potty training journey!
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