• Do Not Use Pull-Ups To Potty Train

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  • There are many ways to potty train your child. But I have found the LONGEST and HARDEST way to potty train is to use Pull-Ups.

    Just do not do it. If you think about it, it is quite confusing to the child. If they are supposed to learn to use the potty instead of their diapers, why would you give them underwear they're allowed to poop in? It makes no sense.

    I saw this great article over on Alpha Mom where they talked about the best way to potty train your child instead of confusing them with pull-ups:

    Go cold turkey. No more diapers. Do not buy Pull-Ups. 
    This is very important. There is no place for these things in Boot Camp Potty Training. They are a waste of time and they ruin the process. Pull-Ups are still diapers, just ones that leak after a while. Yes, I know this is harsh, but it works wonders. Then there is no confusion. But please for the love of all things sane, warn him/her for a few days beforehand. Talk about being big and using the potty like mommy and daddy.

    Instead, buy a little kid seat that fits over a regular toilet seat cover. It prevents you from cleaning out an itty bitty potty and in my non-professional opinion, it works better and faster. Kids like the idea of doing what we do. Why in the world should we buy a different version of what we already own? The little seat will teach your child to use a real toilet without falling in and not think of it as a toy. This is important since toilets are not toys.

    Put your child in underwear right away.

    The first morning, put him/her in underwear. Let him/her help you put a stool in front of the toilet and the little seat thing on it. Be specific and explain to them that they are now bigger and that they need to use the potty and not pee or poop in their underwear. Tell them to let you know when they need to pee and if they do, they will earn a jellybean. Show them the bag of jellybeans, as they need to see the prize to really understand that you mean it. Just remember you have to be willing to give them a jellybean every single time, including first thing in the morning. The first day, ask them every 20 minutes if they need to go potty. Make them try at least once an hour. If they pee even the teeniest bit in the potty, give them two jellybeans. Two is important, because they are probably two years old at this point and understand that the number two is important. When/if they have an accident, stop everything to change them, no matter what. Don’t make a big deal of the mess, but tell them, oh when you don’t pee/poop in the potty, we have to stop everything we are doing. Trust me, your child won’t want that. Continue this for two days. If you have a willful child, you will have a hard time getting them in a diaper for sleeping. Either put the underwear over it or really go cold turkey and put a plastic sheet under their bed sheets.

    Over the following two days, you will see improvement. Your child will want those jellybeans, I promise. You will be doing a lot of cleaning up that first day. Sorry, but it has to be done. Kids will quickly learn that they hate being wet and having to be changed so often. After you change your child, make them sit on the potty again, even though you know they won’t do anything. It makes a point.

    Yes, it's going to be a busy week of accidents and messes, but it's the way they learn. Cancel your plans for a week while you're potty training. Make this a special time. Tell them ahead of time that you will be potty training that week, so that they are prepared. Make this an official time.

    Know that they are going to make mistakes. Point it out to them (politely), clean it up, and move on. Happy Potty Training!

    Check out the original article over at: Issas Crazy World

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    661 Responses to “Do Not Use Pull-Ups To Potty Train”

    1. @[507529926:2048:Sandra Sühwold]

    2. Almost exactly what I did with my youngest. She was potty trained at 17 months. She is now almost 21 months. We used the mini m&m’s. She now rarely asks for them; she just knows that pee and poop go in the potty and move on with her day. Took 3 days of messes constantly (we chose the “naked” method for those 3 days), but improved every day! Good luck to all potty training!!!

    3. @[100003399262395:2048:Suzanne Graham]