If you are a regular reader to Love From Mummy, you will know that we are thrilled to be working with Huggies this year as one of their Huggies Pull Ups Ambassadors and with their support, we began our potty training journey with Harry last month, so i just wanted to come back with a little update for you all.
It hasn’t been plain sailing by any means, but, having said that, it’s actually been alot easier than i anticipated. If that’s even possible.
You see, we’ve made numerous attempts in the past to potty train Harry, all of which proved disastrous, but things seem to have just clicked into place this time around. I’m not sure if that’s down to the fact that he was already exhibiting signs of being ready or that i felt more confident with the support of Huggies behind me, but either way, we’re on the road to success.
Handy Tip: If you are thinking about starting potty training with your child, look out for the 8 signs of readiness:
In my last post, i mentioned that Huggies had sent us a box full of potty training tools to aid us on our journey and one of the tools we were most looking forward to trying out was the play tray. The play tray actually proved to be one of the best potty training tools for Harry as he loved being hands on with food and learning the difference between wet and dry. We followed the “before and after” game suggested in the guide where i let him play around with dry foods like biscuits, cereals, rice and pasta and then i let him experiment with the same ingredients once they had been soaked in water. It was wet and messy of course, but that’s a good thing because he was having fun and i know from experience that he learns best through play, so this was an enjoyable activity that tied in nicely with step 4 of the 6 Steps To Potty Success – Learning Wet From Dry.
We are currently on step 5 of the 6 Steps To Potty Success – Be Consistent Day And Nights. If i could offer one tip to other parents, it would be that consistency is key when it comes to potty training. There will inevitably be points where accidents happen and you feel like your child is taking 1 step forward and 5 steps backwards. There will be times when you quite simply want to throw in the towel and give up, but persevere and stay positive because they will pick up on any negative emotions/attitudes from you and it will affect their progress. Accidents are not failures, so handle them with patience, reassurance and words of encouragement, because that’s what your child really need from you – your ongoing love and support!
Anyway, i’m now pleased to report that Harry is completely dry and wearing big boy pants during the daytime and we’ve progressed from using a potty to solely using the toilet – he will stand on his Lightning McQueen stool (another potty training tool we were sent by Huggies) to pee and will use a potty training seat on the toilet when he needs to poo. One area we are now working on is teaching him how to wipe himself.
Handy Tip: The standing element is an obvious challenge for potty training boys so try having an older male sibling or relative set an example. And when it comes to aiming, put some cheerios in the toilet and let them target-practice!
The second area we are working on is Nighttime dryness. I always knew this would be a challenge as he drinks throughout the night, but we are gradually reducing his water intake and have had the occasional morning where he wakes up dry. Once he wakes up dry a few mornings in a row, then i’m going to try without the Huggies Pull-Ups Pants.
We have been following the Huggies 6 Steps To Potty Success guide for about a month now and it is fantastic. Huggies have worked with renowned child psychologist and mum of four, Dr heather Wittenberg, to develop the guide and I would highly recommend it to anyone embarking on potty training as it is full of great advice and handy potty training tips.
So, that’s kind of where we are at right now in terms of Harry’s potty training journey, but you can follow our progress as well as the the progress of my fellow ambassadors (and join in yourself) by following these hashtags across social media #6Steps #PottyTrainingConfidence
Remember also that Huggies Pull-Ups are also currently discounted at Morrisons stores nationwide at just £2 a pack (valid until 4th September 2016) , so do stock up on your child’s favourite character while you can!