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Mac turned 2 last month and has since showed some interest in using the potty. He sees his brother and sister using the potty and is naturally curious about it. While I do not want to rush him, I am open to introducing him to the potty and so over the weekend, we set up a Potty Training Station to see how he does. Since we are already Sam’s Club pros, I picked up a package of Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®. Their underwear like design makes them easy to take on and off and when we potty trained the bigger kids, the designs on the front that fade when wet were a great teaching tool.
After you pick up your Pull-Ups, you will need a few more things for your Potty Training Station. In our bucket, I put some of the Pull-Ups along with a couple pairs of pants and some stamping markers. The stamps are for every time Mac goes to the potty and sits on it. Since he is early in his potty training journey, every time he tries, he will get a stamp on his hand as motivation. As he gets better at the potty, we will change the reward system. You will also need a stool, unless your toddler is big enough to get on and off the potty by themselves.
Our Potty Training Station is now complete. I set the stool up right by the toilet and then put the bucket just outside the door. I want to encourage Mac to tell me when he wants to have a try and when he needs to go to the bathroom. He can tell me if he is wet about 80% of the time so the designs on the front are perfect for him to point to and tell me if he is still dry. I love the package we got from Sam’s Club. When you’re potty training, you need to have a lot of supplies on hand so being able to get the big box means more time at home to practice using the potty.
If you are looking to start potty training, the Potty Partnership is a great resource to use. They have time tested tips and videos to help you and your child get excited about using the potty. Having Mac as an active partner in potty training will help all of us get through the journey together. A happy and involved kid is always easier to work with.
Have you potty trained your little one? Will you be doing it soon? Be sure to check out Pull-Ups online, get some tips, and let me know some of your favorite strategies in the comments below.