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My second child turned 3 in January and since then we have subtly encouraged him to use the potty. He’s doing really well with going “number two” on the potty, but “number one” appears to be a struggle, so it’s time to kick things up a notch while using Huggies Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®.
I have to use a new approach with my son then I did with my daughter because they are so different. What worked for her isn’t really working for him.
And whether kids know it or not, they all have an opinion on potty training. I think as the parents, we should try to choose a training method that may work with their personality.
My son is an active fella. He carries little cars with him everywhere, sleeps with books and moves from one thing to the next. So, I created a Potty Time basket that includes some busy items, as well as, everything he would need while he tries to potty.
This basket sits on a table we have next to the toilet. You could also keep it on the back of the toilet, as well.
What to put in your Potty Time Training Basket:
1. Huggies Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® – Keeping the training pants in the bathroom acts as a graduated step from the changing table. I found my son’s favorite, Disney Pixar’s Cars Lightning McQueen, in the baby section at my local Walmart. The lowest price diaper pack was only $8.97. In fact, Walmart has a wide selection of baby products to fit your family’s needs. You can find everything for your basket there. Gotta love one-stop-shopping!
- These Pull-Ups have 10% more stretchy material to help your child slide them on and off easily. They also have open sides that do not tear. Your child will probably like the wetness indicator that shows Disney Character art when wet. I like that these particular Pull-Ups are more absorbent than previous Pull-Ups training pants.
2. Flushable toddler wipes to help with “number two” situations. These wipes help make cleanup a breeze!
3. Facial tissue in case your child wants to blow their nose while they wait for the perfect time to potty. (Plus, it helps keep all your bathroom extras organized in one place!)
4. Reading material. I picked about 3 books that can only be read or looked at while on the potty.
- Tip: It’s a good idea to get some new books for the basket, that way your child will stay excited through potty training.
5. DIY “I’m Busy” privacy door hanger. When your child has to go potty they can pull their privacy door hanger out of the basket and hang it up outside the door. My son always asks for privacy when on the potty, so I knew this quick craft would be a perfect addition for him.
- Items needed for Privacy Door Hanger:
- Foam door hangers (I found mine in the craft aisle at Walmart)
- Alphabet stickers
- Stickers or jewels to decorate the door hanger
If you’re also in the throes of potty training like me, Huggies Pull-Ups has created a helpful system that brings your child into the process.
On their website, Huggies introduces Potty Training Personalities that helps parents determine the personality that best fits their child. There’s several to choose from and my son fit the description of the squirrel almost exactly.
- Find out which type potty training character your child is at this link.
The squirrel personality is described as “Always on the go and couldn’t care less about slowing down.” Now you see why I made the “I’m Busy” door hanger and added books to our basket. ?
Once you determine your child’s personality, Huggies provides a fun activity to help keep your little squirrel or turtle or puppy on task.
I’ve used the game method for clean-up time with toys, and I’ll say it works more often than not. So, a little potty race can definitely bring some excitement to our new bathroom adventure.
What methods worked for your when potty training your child?