It Takes a Village to Potty Train: Get the Whole Family Involved
Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups but the story, tips and opinions are all my own.
My husband is an amazing dad. When I went back to work after having our daughter he was the one at home taking care of her. He’s always had his own way of doing things. He’s the playful one. Never the “babysitter” when I go out of town. He’s dad, and totally capable of doing all the parent stuff when I’m away. It’s not something I’ve ever had to worry about… Can you tell there’s a “but” coming?
BUT… When it’s come to potty training. I was the one who took charge. I jokingly tell him since I did the potty training and taught them how to ride their bikes on two wheel (to his credit I just got impatient on that one), come 16, he’s going to be the one to teach them how to drive.
Though I was the one who took the lead in the potty training department, it was still definitely a team effort. And absolutely necessary, especially with our son.
If your little one is showing signs of readiness, you’re about to take on potty training and wondering how to get your whole family involved in the process, or at the least, both parents and the child, look no further cause I’m going to break it down today.
Share the plan and stick to it
When your little one is getting started potty training it’s not the time to be bashful. Make sure everyone in the family is aware of what’s going on. From the switch from diapers to Pull-Ups®, how often you’re taking planned trips to the potty, and the game plan for potty training while on the go. It helps getting everyone on the same page so they know, and can stick to the routine.
Kick it off with some fun
Mark the start of this journey with a special event the whole family could be in on. One fun activity on Pull-Ups.com (you can visit on your phone too) will allow you to call your child’s favorite characters! You can get your child excited about potty training by giving various characters a call to talk training. Some kids need a little encouragement to get going! If your little one is as big a fan of Lightening McQueen as mine, they’ll flip over the video call, and be excited about this special encouragement to kick-start their journey. My little guy loved it and I loved seeing him so excited!
Celebrate and motivate
This is a fun one because everyone can get in on this. Even other siblings. My daughter liked to bring toys in for her brother to play with while he was sitting on the potty, and she enjoyed bringing him his rewards when he made progress. Some kids love to show off how well they’re doing with sticker charts and it works as a whole other motivational tool getting the whole family involved. We learned all about these rewards through the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership which is a fun method of potty training that is completely dependent on your child’s personality. All you have to do is take a quick quiz to find out their potty personality, and then you’ll receive custom tips for different things like introducing potty training, potty training on the go, etc. There are also tons of simple ways to make potty training fun and easy for parents and toddlers to start together, which is again based on your little one’s unique personality. Pull-Ups has potty trained 50 million Big Kids and counting, so I think I’ll take their word for it!
Potty training can feel a little daunting, especially if your little one has been struggling for a while. When it came to making sure my son was really getting it, it helped when my husband committed to the strategy, even when I wasn’t home. And if you wind up needing to take a break for a little while, that’s ok too. I know how it feels to think your child may never be potty trained, but getting the whole family involved, and keeping the journey light and fun, can go a long way in raising a potty training graduate.
How did you get the family involved in potty training?
This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups Training Pants.
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Love this esp since my little guy is showing interest in the potty
You’re absolutely right that potty training is not solely mom’s responsibility. Getting the whole family involved makes the training process a lot easier.
This is the right website for anybody who wishes to understand this topic.
You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic that’s been written about for years.
Excellent stuff, just wonderful!