Our potty training journey is officially over and we now have a fully fledged toddler in our household.
How exciting is that?
The last time I talked to you about our potty training journey, I announced our collaboration with Huggies Pull-Ups, who have been helping us to get Evie from wet to dry.
Their potty training tips have been so valuable, we would have struggled to have trained Evie without them. Luckily for you, they’re all available to you too at pottytraining.co.uk!
Have you started potty training yet? Are you about to?
In our last post, ‘Potty Training With Huggie’s Pull-Ups‘ we introduced you to Huggies ‘6 steps to potty training success’. To remind you of the steps, they’re written out on the picture below.
We discussed with you the first three stages that we have already experienced and what different activities we did, to help Evie move along to the next stage. If you haven’t read it yet, go back and have a peek first.
Today we’re focusing on the last three steps: ‘Learn Wet From Dry’, ‘Be Consistent 24/7’ and ‘Keep Up The Great Work’.
Are you worried about potty training or struggling? Potty training doesn’t have to be stressful. Potty training can actually be fun.
Step 4: Learning Wet From Dry
My favourite stage was Step 4: Learning Wet From Dry. This stage is all about teaching your child to recognise when they need to go to the toilet. They begin to understand the uncomfortable feeling of going for wee’s and poo’s in their nappy.
We struggled with Evie’s doing number 2’s in the potty, which you can read all about in our post ‘Potty Training Hurdles: Pooing, Travelling, Nursery’. But, the ‘learning wet from dry’ games we tried, were so much fun and really helped Evie to recognise the sensations of wee’ing in her nappy and helped her to prevent that from happening.
We got messy with pasta and cereal and showed Evie the difference between them being wet and dry and also got her to pour water into nappies, pretending it was wee, to see what happened. There are lots of other different games you can try. You can get really creative and it’s a great excuse to do some messy play.
Step 5: Be Consistent 24/7
Evie is 100% consistent throughout the day now. We found that by letting her choose her own pants every morning, made her more aware that she was no longer in nappies.
Dry through the night is something that we still struggle with a little bit. But, 90% of the time Evie wakes up dry.
If your child does wake up in the night, encourage them to get used to going to the bathroom. The first thing we do if Evie wakes i, is take her sleepy self to the toilet to try to get her to go. None of us want our little ones to be awake for longer than we need to. I don’t know about you, but I struggle without sleep. But, I know that this little trip is worth it in the long run.
Step 6: Keep Up The Great Work
We are currently on step six and are practicing consistency. A few things that have helped with this are praising and rewards.
When we praise Evie, we are very specific and this is something that Huggies recommend. Saying ‘well done for doing a wee’ isn’t as effective as being saying things like; ‘well done for doing a wee on the toilet’ or ‘brilliant job asking to go to the toilet’. Stickers and certificates have also been really handy. I don’t know any toddlers who don’t love a sticker.
Don’t worry if you regress slightly during these stages. There are so many tips on pottytraining.co.uk that can help you if this happens. So be sure to check them out.
Don’t forget to watch both of our vlogs. The first one, (that you can find here) will show you all the things you can get to help with potty training and below you can find out more about our experiences.
Thank you so much to Huggies Pull-Ups and Dr. Heather Wittenberg for all of your help during our potty training journey. We have learnt a lot and are so happy to say that we are officially potty trained!
Are you potty training at the moment? Are you struggling? Can you recognise which step you are at. Let us know in the comments below.
*We have been working with Huggies on potty training. All opinions and experiences are honest and our own.