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Happy Monday YUMMs! If you all follow me on Facebook (Young Urban Modern Mommies) or Twitter (@YUMMommies), then already know that my Valentine's Day started off with some great news. I am happy to announce that yours truly is now a Pull-Ups® First Flush Ambassador!! Over the next seven weeks, JJ and I will be getting serious about this potty training business. The best part is that we get share this journey with you guys and I promise not get all gross on you.
Mostly, I'll be sharing things like our experience this time around using the Pull-Ups® brand, what difficulties we had and of course our successes like his first Big Flush or first accident free day. Some of you reading this may be on the fence about starting potty training, looking for tips on how to start or what brand of training pants work well and that is where these post will come in handy. Or maybe, your child is potty trained already but your have niece or nephew who isn't and their parent/guardian is looking to start. If so, be sure to direct them to this post.
I have to admit that this is not my first potty training rodeo. Three years ago, I embarked on my first potty training journey with Moo. During that process I learned that being persistent is the key as well as monitoring your child's bathroom schedule. For example, I knew that Moo usually had to use the bathroom first thing in the morning, around lunch (noon) and right before bed (8-9 PM). So, I would ask if she had to go and we would sit on the potty until she went.
This time around things will be somewhat the same. JJ's a boy and that of course adds a different aspect to whole potty training game because there's the choice to decide well do I teach him how to urinate standing up first or just by splash guard and let him urinate sitting down and let the Mr teach him the other stuff later? I am leaning more towards the splash guard option simply because we've attempted that before.
Also, we'll be using Pull-Ups® as our training pants of choice again. Duh, right?! I like that they have so many different styles and types, but they all fit and look almost like real underwear. And that's important because I don't want them to feel like just another diaper or his mind won't make the connection as easy to use the potty.
With our earlier attempt at potty training last year, I think the challenge was that he wasn't quite ready and he hated that his feet didn't touch the floor while he sat on the potty. Also, the seat we had might have had an opening that was a little too big. So, we're going shopping for an actual potty that will be perfect for him.
I definitely plan to utilize the different tools and resources available on Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups® website. They have tons of printables, charts, activities and expert advice that will help us keep track and help me to make this a smooth and positive experience for him. We've already got our Mickey Mouse Potty Progress chart ready to go!
Once we reach the First Flush milestone, I am going to be most excited about being able to do away with buying any type of training pants and going official underwear/boxer shopping with JJ. I'm sure along this journey he's going to look forward to the routine of getting stickers, high fives and treats for each success or milestone we reach. Well, we'll check back in soon with updates and more. Meanwhile, don't forget to check out Pull-Ups® on Facebook and Twitter for more updates, coupons and exclusives from them and their Big Kid Academy!
Are you starting/have started potty training? All of you boy moms, share some advice with me below!