I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
Do you have a toddler in the house who is constantly reminding you that he/she is a “Big Kid”? Just this morning on the way to preschool, Annie (the 3 year old) pointed out to me that she will soon be driving the car for me, because she’s getting bigger. Too big for her britches, I’m sometimes tempted to say.
But when it comes to the monumental event that is potty training your child, well, I’m more than happy to invite “Big Kid Academy” into my home. This amazing site from Pull-Ups Brand Training Pants has everything you need when you’re ready to dive into the mysterious world of teaching your child that the potty is much cooler than wearing diapers all the time.
** Bonus ** In conjunction with Big Kid Academy, there is the Time to Potty app. You all know how much I love my tech, smartphone and apps, and this thing is amazing. So helpful with all those reminders to stop and go! But first…
The Pull-Ups Experience
As you may recall, we underwent potty training with Annie back in January. She has done great, and in fact, wears Pull-Ups at night, since we are still working on night training. Now, it’s time for little Leelou, who, at 2.5 years old, feels that she and her sister should be doing everything exactly the same way. And so the adventure began…
In order to complete this review for you, we received a package of Pull-Ups with lots of Disney characters inside: Minnie Mouse, Ariel, Sully and Mike from Monsters Inc. Now, if you’ve noticed anything over the last few months you know, they are huge Disney Junior fans, and they love, love, love Minnie. She adorns their shoes, sandals, underwear, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, and pajamas. So when given the choice of which Pull-Ups she wanted to wear, Leelou didn’t hesitate to pick up Minnie.
Leelou was set. She’s a very sharp-minded girl, and she knew what to do. We had learned a few tricks from when Annie went through this:
- Have a reward chart with several variables. We gave stars for going tee-tee, going poop, flushing, washing hands and even closing the lid on the potty.
- Have a reward that works for your child. Although our girls love the star stickers that they received, M&Ms were the go-to reward. They got 3 if they went tee-tee, and 5 if they pooped. Don’t tell me about the subconscious impact of getting chocolate every time you use the bathroom. I’ve got my hands full over here!
- Set a timer. This is where the Time to Potty App was so handy. You can set it for whatever intervals you want. We started with 45 minutes, because past experience told us that was a good number, especially since we kept Leelou filled with juice and water. Sometimes she went, sometimes she didn’t. But consistency helped her recognize the sensation of needing to go potty. Once the app timer went off, all I had to do was tap the restart button, and we were off and rolling again.
- Take activities. I cannot stress this one enough. Sometimes, your kid will sit on the potty for 20 minutes, and you will need entertainment. The Pull-Ups site and its Big Kid Academy have suggestions on ways to keep your toddler occupied. We used books, crayons and coloring books, and of course, the iPad. And since you can easily acccess the Big Kid Academy and/or the Time to Potty app, you’ll be set on activities. The app has celebration puzzles every time your child uses the potty, and if your kid loves playing with your phone like ours do, this will help you.
Even though the first days are over, we are still entrenched in potty training, which is why we still have an ample supply of Pull-Ups on hand. I love that they have velcro closure sides, so it’s easier for our girls to get in and out of them. And the absorption level is amazing, as we have not had one single overnight leak. Not one.
- Signs of readiness quiz
- Big Kid prep list
- Fun activities suggestions
- Customizable potty training progress chart
- First Flush and Every Flush celebration ideas
- Instructions on the Potty Dance!
Visit the Pull-Ups site, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or check out their boards on Pinterest. And check out the Time to Potty App on iOS or Android.