Who knew that potty training girls would be so difficult? When I used to hear friends will children talking about how they potty trained in a weekend when their kid's showed signs of willingness, I thought that when I had kids and had to potty train, that it would be a peace of cake. Boy, was I wrong!
Right before we welcomed Bella back in November 2011, Savannah started showing the signs of wanting to potty train. She was able to take her diaper on and off, and would tell me when she was going potty. So, I went to the store and picked up a potty, along with fun rewards, potty training kid's books, pull up diapers, etc. After a weekend passed and Savannah wasn't potty trained, I was a little discouraged. Remembering what to everyone else's success stories, I wondered what I was doing wrong. I continued to work at potty training with Savannah right up until Bella was born.
When Savannah saw Bella getting extra bonding time come diaper changing time, she reverted back to wanting to wear diapers. During one of Bella's wellness visits with the pediatrician, I asked her about potty training and shared my struggles with Savannah. She told me that kids will know when they are ready and not to rush them. Then, she suggested I wait until the summer of the following year to start potty training again, as summer is usually easier as kids like to be in fewer clothes. :-) So, this is what I did.
But, no pribing or rewards in the world could get Savannah to want to stick to potty training. She was content in diapers, and I was tired trying to raise an active toddler and new baby. I decided to heed another suggestion of my pediatrician and wait until Bella started to show signs of wanting to potty train and potty train the girls together. Or, if Savannah showed her willingness on her own, maybe this would trigger Bella's wanting to potty train.
Leave it to Bella, who is 2 1/2 yrs. old to show the first signs of wanting to potty train. She hates being in a wet diaper, and will take it off and run to the potty most of the time. Seeing these signs, I am rolling up my sleeves and trying potty training again, this time both girls, and hoping this time will stick. While the girls are not potty trained in a weekend, they are more consistent when it comes to knowing when to go to the potty and even doing #2 in it...something Savannah never wanted to do.
One thing that I have found to help during our potty training is using Pampers Easy Ups with the girls.
Not only are they excited to see Dora the Explorer on the front of these training pants, but these pull ups are easier for the girls to get up and down when the time comes to make a dash for the potty. And, Easy Ups "have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant, which means fewer leaks, especially at night time." I also have to say that compared with other training pants, Easy Ups look more like "big girl" panties.
Another great feature of these potty training pants from Pampers is that they are super stretchy on the sides, making them easier for the girls to pull them up and down when having to go potty. They also love to be able to put their own training pants on, and can do so with ease thanks to this easy give. While we are not able to say goodbye to diapers just yet, I have to say that I am loving the added freedom that the Pampers Easy Ups offer my two toddler girls. I also don't have to fuss with them to change diapers. And, when it comes to changing these training pants in a public bathroom, they are so much easier. I don't have to find a changing table, as they can stand in a stall with me and lift their legs and pull them up. Easy as that!
If you have found yourself stressing out about potty training or struggling like I have, and haven't given Pampers Easy Ups a try, I would suggest that your pick some up the next time you run out of training pants. Your kids (both boy and girl) will love the fun character designs and how they look like big kid underwear, while offering the best in leak guard protection that I have seen. I can't wait to hear your child's success stories, as you celebrate saying goodbye to diapers/training pants and hello to a new phase in your growing child's life wearing underwear. Hang in there...that day will come. I keep telling myself this, too! :-)
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