Becoming toilet trained is crucial in a child’s journey to independence, but progressing from nappies to underwear can feel difficult for both parents and children.
With so much help and advice around, parents end up using a variety of techniques and products (nappies, nappy-pants, cloth pants) applied inconsistently. It means potty training can quickly become a daunting exercise full of potential risks. Instead, it should be something that helps your child become a big kid.
This summer, as you embark on your own potty training journey with your little one, we’ve helped to dispel some of the myths out there, with a little help from Huggies® Pull-Ups®.
Myth 1: There’s a ‘perfect age’ for potty training
We’re often told there’s a ‘right time’ to start. In fact, every child is different and develops at their own pace. Some can be fully trained by 24 months, a small percentage aren’t ready til they’re 3 and a half. There are guidelines to help you recognise the signs that your child is ready for potty training. Check out these 8 signs that show your child is ready to start.
Myth 2: Children can be potty trained in one stroke
Just as a potty provides the potty training support for little ones before they are ready for the toilet, Huggies® Pull-Ups® provide the training support they need before they are ready to transition to real underwear. Pull-Ups® are a valuable tool for parents and children, building confidence and letting little ones learn to pull their pants up and down for potty and providing comfort during a period of learning. They help bridge the transition between nappies and using the toilet. For many parents who find potty training a daunting exercise, this can be extremely helpful in making the transition smoother.
Huggies® Pull-Ups® are designed to be just like real underwear but with all the protection they need as well as a host of extra benefits. The shape of the pant and fun Disney graphics are designed to look just like real underwear with super soft and stretchy sides that mean little hands can practice pulling them up and down all on their own.
Potty training starts when they start using the potty
Potty training is a journey that begins as soon as they are with you in the bathroom, the first time they put on a Huggies® Pull-Ups®, the first time they realise there are toilets they can use outside the home. There is a whole host of exciting steps and revelations that involve all kinds of learning. Get top tips for building a potty training routine here.
Myth 4: Children only learn wet from dry by wearing wet underwear
The biggest achievement in potty success is recognising the need to go. To help little ones on this journey, when little accidents happen, the unique learning layer in Huggies® Pull-Ups® briefly mimics the feeling of real wet underwear, before quickly drawing the moisture away. That way they learn wet from dry in a protected environment and ultimately learn to stay dry on their own. Huggies® Pull-Ups® also have a wetness indicator for parents that visually indicates wet vs dry and helps with this important learning step without allowing tender skin to stay wet and irritated. Discover more great games and tools for this step.
Myth 5: Nighttime dryness can be taught
For children to wake up in the night to go to the loos, the nerve pathways between the bladder and the brain must be strong enough to wake them from a deep sleep. In addition, it’s only with age – between 2 and 7 – that the body develops a slowdown in nighttime urine production. (That’s why fluid restriction doesn’t guarantee dry nights.) Accidents are normal, so it’s best to handle these with patience, reassurance and support. Pop on a dry pair of Huggies® Pull-Ups® with a supportive explanation. These 4 steps to moving toward night-time dryness will help.
Myth 6: If my child regresses, it’s a problem
After the initial excitement, it’s easy for children to lose interest and backslide. As parents we should expect it and be ready with encouragement and support to keep going on the potty training journey. To ensure their growing independence, we need to keep them motivated – with praise, goals and rewards. Find more info about this step here including Big Kid certificates.
The experience of potty training can be exciting, fun and inspirational for you and your child. Check out this list of things you’ll want to get started and get a full, free downloadable Potty Training Guide from the potty training experts, Huggies® Pull-Ups®: www.pottytraining.co.uk/
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