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As a mom of 5 I have successfully potty trained 4 kids, 3 of them it was on the first try and 1 kid will start the process this spring. Instead of telling you how amazing I was when I potty trained my kids I want to focus on the kid that took 2 tries… because it was all my fault.
It was my first child and of course my first time attempt to potty train anyone. Like a good mom I read all about potty training from the experts and felt very prepared. We bought Pampers Easy-Ups, I had a stash of rewards and we got a cute new potty. Heck we even had a book all about Elmo going potty that made flushing sounds, we were prepared and it was going to be sooooo easy! Well the one thing I forgot to include in the equation was my daughter and whether or not SHE WANTED to be potty trained. Spoiler alert she did not! Even though we did all the right things not considering her readiness really messed it up for all of us.
Accidents were rampant and frustrations ran high. I finally realized the only time she successfully went on the potty was if I put her there and it happened to be the right time, not because she held it to use the potty or told me she had to go. Once I realized I was potty training myself to put her on the potty at regular intervals and not potty training her we quit and went back to our Pampers diapers and waited until she was really ready. Once she was ready we had success within one week and every one was happy, not nearly as many tears.
Now as I watch for signs of readiness with my youngest daughter I have my Pampers Easy Ups on hand ready for her. She loves Dora and often asks to wear the Dora Pampers Easy Ups. I explain to her these are for when we start using the potty. I have compared them to her big sisters underwear and talked about how big girl they are (thank goodness the brilliant people at Pampers made them so much like actual underwear). She is intrigued and soon she will be ready and I look forward to successfully potty training my 5th child.
Pampers Easy Ups will help make our process as stress free as possible by catching those leaks (that means no middle of the night sheet changes) and they offer a wide range of sizes so no matter when we potty train there is a pair of Pampers Easy Ups that will fit.
Want advice from a potty training expert? Join me at the @Pampers Easy Ups Twitter Party with Dr. Jana on April 28 from 9-10pmEST. Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! Dr. Jana will be sharing her tips to help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones and their parents.