This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
My daughter is the most stubborn child on the planet, I swear. We’ve been potty training FOR. EVER. Then all of a sudden, she’s doing it on her own. No help, no fuss. No rewards. No schedule. Despite all the tactics we tried, she just wasn’t ready before. So here’s my number one piece of advice if you’re embarking on potty training… especially if your kid likes to learn at her own pace, sometimes no amount of boot-camping will work. Keeping the process positive is the key. That’s what I focused on, and I’m so happy to say, we are FINALLY THERE. Go Raya!
There are lots of approaches out there. We did the no-pants thing (oy, fortunately, my carpet needs replacing anyway). We did the reward system, and she cared about the stickers for all of about three minutes. I got desperate and switched to M&M’s, but she would just go sit in the bathroom just to get a treat. We tried getting her special undies, and she didn’t care – in fact, she was fine with wearing them wet. We used the potty timer every hour on the hour, and all it did was make her cry. So we finally stopped with the pressure, and let her do her own thing. She knows the drill, she knows what to do. And one day… she just decided she was going to do it.
Around the house, we keep things easy, and just let her hang out in her Pampers Easy Ups. She’s been keeping them clean all day, which is awesome, and she’s so proud. We tried a few different brands of training pants and found that Pampers is stretchier, so it fits more like real underwear. They’re also more absorbent, which may not seem like a big deal for avoiding daytime accidents – but it makes a HUGE difference at night. It’s awesome to use the same pants for both daytime and nighttime. We can stay consistent, and my daughter loves to wear Dora the Explorer!
Now, just because no single technique worked for my independent kiddo, doesn’t mean one of the classic approaches won’t work for yours. Keeping things positive might mean something different to every kid out there. For example – if your toddler loves taking pride in their accomplishments, I have a fun printable you can download and print at home for them to chart their progress! Just add stickers (the little stars from the office supply section work great for this theme) each time they go (or try).
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You’ve got another chance to win right now, too – because Pampers is also sponsoring a great summer fun giveaway to a Happy Hour Projects reader, for you and your toddler! Keep good habits going with a potty training pack of Easy-Ups, a portable training potty, and some other great summertime fun items. These are just a few of the things one lucky winner will receive in the $100 Potty Training Prize Pack: