My potty training plan….

Potty training. It’s scary, it’s controversial, messy…and kind of exciting at the same time. It’s kind of exciting because in most cases it means your little one is growing up and becoming a “big girl or big boy.”

I am no expert, in fact we haven’t really started but I would like to share my plan and a few tips with you! First of all, don’t let the peer pressure get to you. Potty training is not a race and some experts say potty training too early can be very detrimental to you little one and cause bed wetting issues down the road. You’ll know when your child is ready, they will start holding their bladder, removing their own clothes and they will let you know when they go…now here comes the fun part, getting them to let you know before they go ๐Ÿ˜‰

Start talking about using the potty – I’ve started with a book, Elmo is Bean’s favorite character right now so I found an Elmo Potty Book. Elmos potty bookThe book talks and it’s helped Bean say the word potty.

Use creative ways to create interest – Bean has a favorite new doll that she carries around all of the time. I know it sounds strange but I started putting a diaper on the baby doll and Bean lets me know when I need to “change her diaper.”

Bean, Baby & Elmo

Bean, Baby Doll & Elmo

Now the baby doll has started using the potty. This has really helped Bean to want to use the potty just like baby.

Pick out a potty- Choosing a potty is fun and you can totally get your little one involved. There are tons of choices including princesses, cars and more. Different pottiesStand alone potties are great if you have enough room and some double as a step after your child begins to use the regular toilet.

Smaller seats that fit on the regular toilet are available too, they tend to be less expensive and can even be used on the go.

Portable PottyReward System – I know a lot of Mom’s and Dad’s use a treat reward system for using the potty and that works great for them. I may have to eat my words….but I am going to try to not use candy as a reward. Bean is a naturally energetic and hyperactive child so sugar doesn’t mix well with her so I am going to use stickers instead! Every time she uses the potty she gets a fun sticker to place on her potty sheet.

Elmo Potty ChartElmo Potty Chart

Pick out big girl or big boy underwear – We aren’t even close to this stage yet but picking out “big girl” or “big boy” underwear is a great tool. It gives your little one pride in their choice and making sure they tell someone they need to use the potty a little more important.

UnderwearDon’t get stressed! – If your child doesn’t want to potty train or they keep having accidents, don’t worry too much about it. It will happen your child is ready, there is no set schedule and every child is different.

I mentioned these in my “what’s in my diaper bag” post but Potty toppers are genius while potty training.They stay in place if your toddler needs to use a public toilet and keep the germs away. Toss a few in your purse and you are prepared in a pinch.

I will keep you updated on how it’s going and if I have any magical tips to share ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you potty trained yet? What age did you try or a going to try? Do you have any advice for me and the Bean? Please let me know below!

-Crystal & the Bean




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