Potty Training Tribulations

So you’d think by now I’d have potty training down after going through it with three other children. Well in short – I don’t.

For some reason, this time around it’s been trickier. Ella’s potty training journey is just so different from the three boys’. I’m not worried about it because I know that every child is different, but I’m much more open to advice and tips to help me and Ella! I don’t know if it’s more difficult this time because I have more children and less time! We also have more established routines with the older ones and so starting a new routine with Ella can slip through the cracks. Or, is it just different with girls? Based on how it’s going so far, I’d say so!

Ella has been brilliant and probably the most eager out of all my four kids to start potty training so that she can be a ‘big girl’ and use the toilet. But, there have been accidents along the way – quite a few accidents. Thankfully, Ella’s still ploughing on and so far, so good.

It’s interesting because with Ella, rewarding has been key. She’s at the stage where she knows what it’s all about and is ready to embark on the potty training journey – she’s actually excited about it!

She loves declaring to the whole family when she’s used the potty/toilet. We all clap and cheer – she loves it. Doing this really builds her confidence and rewarding kids through this important milestone is so key, it’s great for children to feel like they’re making progress. This is something I read on www.pottytraining.co.uk and has resonated the most with me.

It’s so easy as a parent to get swept away with your child’s developmental stages and to sometimes compare your child with other children and their progression… In all honesty, what I’ve learnt from all my children is that they will do things when they are good and ready! Potty training shouldn’t be rushed – it’s not like you’d try to hurry your child to walk before they were ready, and potty training is an equally important phase. It’s such a key stage in a child’s life and, handled in the right way, should leave them feeling like they’ve achieved something and boost their confidence.

I’ve followed the ‘6 Steps to Potty Success’, which has been really helpful. Mostly because it’s offered me reassurance that what I’m doing is benefiting Ella as well as providing great practical advice. It can be tricky to know when your child is ready to start potty training and this website has a brilliant section that covers the ‘8 Signs of Potty Training Readiness’ helping you recognise the signs that you and your child are ready to embark on your potty training journey.

I’ve learnt that you have to be prepared for accidents, which always seem to happen when they are caught up or distracted. Having learnt the hard way, I now have HUGGIES® Pull-Ups and spare clothes in every bag, in the car, at my mum and dad’s – you name it! Preparation is key not just for avoiding accidents but keeping up an established routine. We’ve been on three family holidays this year and I was so worried that it would set back Ella’s potty training because she would be out of the familiar routine. While there were a few accidents, she was brilliant. The HUGGIES® Pull-Ups were a saviour! They gave her confidence to go to the toilet whilst still providing the safety net of dryness should there have been any accidents. They are the perfect transition between nappies and knickers and have really given Ella that sense of independence.

There’s always a degree of progression each time Ella uses the potty and there have been minimal accidents because she’s wearing HUGGIES® Pull-Ups! She’s now starting to notice the difference between wet and dry thanks to the unique learning layer which briefly mimics the feeling of wet underwear without creating a mess. This is coupled with the wetness indicator meaning Ella can visually see when her HUGGIES® Pull-Ups are wet.
The ‘6 Steps to Potty Success’ gives really useful pointers that help your LO’s transition whilst potty training. It all feels like its happing so organically with HUGGIES® Pull-Ups.

Find out more on the HUGGIES® potty training website bit.ly/NHHuggies to see how you and your little one can achieve potty success!  #ad