Potty Training Journey : Numero Dos

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It’s a milestone that I look forward to and at the same time, it stresses me out. Potty training.ย  My son is almost five years old so, of course, I’ve been down this road before. The problem is, I don’t remember a whole lot about it. Did I just block it out? Maybe. LOL!

Well, now it’s time to head down this road again. My daughter turned two over the summer and we’ve been taking steps towards potty training her. My sweet girl has her own ideas about potty training – and everything else. I mean, this is the girl who sports sunglasses to her art class.

Sept 22 046It seems more complicated this time around. I was working full time when my son was at this stage. We started the potty training journey at home and then his day care took it from there. I didn’t have to worry about running around during the day for errands and drop off/pick up with him. With our daughter, now that I’m at home, we seem to always be on the go. I’m not looking forward to not getting to the potty in time while we’re out and having the whole back seat soaked. We have a travel potty in the car to help with this, but still.

I decided to give Pull Up’s a try. My thought is that we can still carry on with potty training without having the anxiety about possible accidents. Here’s how we’re setting the stage for potty training success around here!

oct 14 pics 203I know theย  Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pull-Up’s aren’t very girly. What can I say? Her big brother likes Jake, so she likes him too. The next pack she’ll be rocking will be Doc McStuffins! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Our plan of action so far has been to keep the potty handy. Wherever we are in the house, it goes where we go. Gotta keep it near because you never really know when the feeling will strike.
  • We have a Huggies potty training DVD that my daughter has watched a few times. She likes to remind me “I’m a big kid now!”
  • I want to make it fun so sometimes we sing songs while she’s going.
  • We celebrate big time she she actually makes it to the potty in time.
  • We also have a potty book that I’ve read to her a few times. Sometimes she looks at it or other books while she’s on the potty.

oct 14 pics 206She’s starting to tell me when she has to go now. Most times, it’s a false alarm. She’s getting there though. I am looking forward to getting through this stage. It’s still kind of sad though because she’s our last baby. When each stage ends with her, it’s bittersweet. I’ll be happy to not carry a diaper bag though. I hardly EVER carry a purse. So yeah, that will be a perk of potty training success!

We’re enrolled in the Big Kid Academy to help in our journey. The Big Kid Academy offers personalized potty training advice based on what stage we’re in on your potty training journey. There are also tips and advice from the experts (other parents and medical professionals). The โ€œMy Pull-Upsยฎโ€ page is gets my daughter involved with potty training activities. It’s a great resource.

Are you in potty training mode?

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Pull-Upsยฎ

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61 Responses to Potty Training Journey : Numero Dos
  1. Mimi
    October 15, 2014 | 4:12 am

    Potty training for girls from what I’ve heard was much more easier than with boys and I found that to be true. Like you the babysitter helped out with my son but I was on my own with my daughter and I took out a week of no errands and such and we knocked it out.

    I would say consistency is key. I hope the saying is true for you I think we were done in about 5 days. We had a few accidents here and there but she learned quickly.

    Sidenote: HOW is she 2 already. Time flies!

  2. Joanna
    October 15, 2014 | 8:43 am

    Potty training is my worst nightmare… My daughter is totally ready but she just hates it!

  3. Natalie
    October 15, 2014 | 8:49 am

    We’re just getting into this stage with my daughter, and I’m kind of dreading it. Let’s hope it goes better than I think it’s going to!

  4. Fi
    October 15, 2014 | 9:09 am

    It was great to read what you’re doing as my son will be two in four months and we’ll start thinking about potty training him. He’s already gone on the potty twice and used it both times so we’re getting there ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nancy
    October 15, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Hah! I love that she’s rockin the sunglasses indoors at that. Cutie pie.

  6. Krissy
    October 15, 2014 | 11:03 am

    waittt… wasn’t she just born? Like forreal!

    Potty training girls is pretty easy. There is no aim and point lol. Like Mimi I took some time and just got it done. she had a few accidents here and there but they were fer and far between. Her biggest thing was wearing panties. She wanted to wear them so bad that I told her if she had accidents in them we had to go back to diapers. That worked well for us.

    P.S unless they make pull ups different now, the boys pull ups dont provide th4e same leak coverage as girls

  7. Carolann
    October 15, 2014 | 11:47 am

    I don’t have children of my own but it seems like a bittersweet time! Great to get them independent (and away from having to use that diaper bag!) but also a 24/7 task above and beyond the usual! Good luck!

  8. Sassy Dove | Beauty with an attitude
    October 15, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a cutie! This is the most adorable post about pee I’ve read in a long time ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Nichole
    October 15, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Eeep, she is super super cute! I am working on potty training our 3rd little boy. My boys are 2, 3, and 4. I am a giant ball of anxiety! Best of luck to you mama!

  10. Heather
    October 15, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    We just recently finished potty training mode, but now we are in the training for the nap time and overnight part…which is scary because it ends in much more laundry than the regular potty training did! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck to you!

  11. amber.m
    October 15, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    I’m currently working on potty training and *sigh* it’s not going as well as my first two kids did!

  12. Janice
    October 15, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Oh good luck with this stage! I was there just a couple months ago with my 3 year old son. We tried it before that, but he wasn’t ready. But after his 3rd birthday, we told him he was a big boy now and needed to use the toilet like everyone else! He was pretty excited, actually. LOL.

    And yes, not carrying around a diaper bag was definitely a perk! BUT, you’ll have to carry at least a cute little kiddie bag to store a change of undies and clothes. You know, for those accidents that will happen once in a while! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Camille
    October 15, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    I will have to keep the book in mind for when I have kids. Good luck with this fun phase!

  14. Lindsay
    October 15, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Hahah that picture of her made me crack up for some reason. She’s just too cute! I don’t have any kids but I used to be a nanny so I remember those potty training days!

  15. Holly
    October 15, 2014 | 6:07 pm

    oh the joys of potty training. I remember that. Good luck, wishing you lots of patience!

  16. karissa
    October 15, 2014 | 6:49 pm

    I hope it goes well. My daughter was easy but m niece really challenged my sister. I guess you never know what you are going to get with kids.

  17. estherjulee
    October 15, 2014 | 6:53 pm

    haha i love that she wears sunglasses in school. my gf is going through potty training her boy right now and i am hearing about a lot of the stresses involved. i’m scared!

  18. Michelle Snow
    October 15, 2014 | 9:10 pm

    Potty training is quite the daunting task. I love that picture of her. She is so cute.

  19. Candace
    October 15, 2014 | 9:30 pm

    Potty training was the worst. I hated doing it when I was nannying. I pray for everyone out there going through it. Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s like whoa.

  20. Erica @ SimplySweetPrints
    October 16, 2014 | 12:54 am

    My son will be two in December so we will be going down this road as well. I have no idea how I’m gonna handle it, haha!

  21. Brenda
    October 16, 2014 | 7:58 am

    I love this whole setup for potty training! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Frenchell
    October 16, 2014 | 8:25 am

    I wish you luck and patience. I did that with three kids and I can honestly say…I am so glad that stage is over!

  23. Angela Livingston
    October 16, 2014 | 9:53 am

    I’m in the process for the 4th and final time! I keep telling myself that I’ve done this successfully 3 times before, and all of my boys were potty trained by no later just over 3 years old. It’s time for me to get serious with my (2 months until he’s) 3 year old baby! Then we will be diaper bag free!

  24. Winter White
    October 16, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Potty training can be really challenging but it looks like you are really prepared. I remember my little brother used to go into the corner and go to the potty with his pamper on. He refused to go to the potty. It was the funniest thing to see this little kid over in the corner straining with his eyes closed. People would be like ummm what is he doing and I’d just be like oh he’s going to the potty lol

  25. Kendall
    October 16, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    Potty training has been so hard in our house! I can’t wait until it’s over! lol

  26. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition
    October 16, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    We are so far away from potty training now. It was a huge relief to get my girls fully potty trained.

  27. Pam
    October 16, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    Potty training was an adventure with both my kids. Pull UPS definitely helped us through it. I think ours were Barney pattern.

  28. Nicole
    October 16, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    I hate potty training. I found out that many of his issues were actually from a food allergy but he still can’t do number 2 in the potty. He isn’t consistant at going so it’s hard to predict when he needs to.

  29. Debbie Denny
    October 16, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Good luck on this adventure. Neat ideas.

  30. Amber Conaway
    October 16, 2014 | 6:00 pm

    Potty training was such an adventure for us! We bought multiple books and multiple potties lol We have finally made our goal! What an accomplishment that was!

  31. Dawn
    October 16, 2014 | 6:13 pm

    You’re probably in the home stretch and you don’t even know it. Remember, it’s always darkest before the words, “I need to use the potty!” That’s how it was for us.

  32. Shell
    October 16, 2014 | 7:22 pm

    Good luck with potty training! I’m glad to be past that!

  33. Carly Anderson
    October 16, 2014 | 7:48 pm

    Potty training is definitely an adventure! Pull Ups are great!

  34. Jessica Doll
    October 16, 2014 | 8:01 pm

    I really, really need to start working with my son. I just don’t think he’s ready yet though. He’s pretty strong-willed.

  35. Estelle
    October 16, 2014 | 8:14 pm

    We finished potty training a few years ago. At first she wasn’t ready at all, but once she saw her friend use the potty she wanted to do it, too. So actually peer pressure works!

  36. ananda
    October 16, 2014 | 8:40 pm

    no kids yet! right now all this looks adorable, until we are in it lol! =)

  37. Catherine S
    October 16, 2014 | 9:53 pm

    Good luck with the potty training. I sure don’t miss those days.

  38. Jess
    October 16, 2014 | 10:58 pm

    I work with kids with autism and my biggest job is to potty train them! The potty book is awesome! You’ll get through this soon, good luck!

  39. Kiwi
    October 16, 2014 | 11:35 pm

    Aw look how cute she is! Look my mom is a daycare provider of over 20years and the secret to potty training is consistency and dont give in. Make it an everyday thing and reward her and praise her when she uses the potty correctly! Keep telling her that big girls goes to the potty! Good luck!

  40. Debra
    October 17, 2014 | 5:57 am

    We’ve been out of potty training mode for a few years now, but it was one of our more trying periods. First thing I learned is that they will go on the potty when they are ready and when they do, make a HUGE deal of it!

  41. Emily
    October 17, 2014 | 6:51 am

    What a cutie! I hated potty training time :/ Good luck!

  42. Rosey
    October 17, 2014 | 7:02 am

    My granddaughter is 1 1/2 and potty training so well!! I have to laugh because my youngest son had such a hard time he wasn’t ready for a good long while. And I remember my oldest son (baby’s dad) telling me his baby would be ready by two and I laughed at him, but he’s not wrong. I think he got lucky by his prediction. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kids go at their own pace, and that’s totally fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Theresa
    October 17, 2014 | 7:26 am

    Pull ups really helped us with our second child. She was so difficult to train, but she did love the fun characters that were on her Pull Ups!

  44. Jeanine
    October 17, 2014 | 7:57 am

    She’s adorable! I always found my girls were quick when it came to the toilet! We never used a potty, but one of those Princess seats on the toilet and it helped a ton! My boys got a Cars one and Thomas:) we also used pull ups for nights! good luck!

  45. Rebekah
    October 17, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Pull ups were a lifesaver in our house with my son. I’m hoping my daughter potty trains easier than he did, he just screamed whenever he went near it and wasn’t using it regularly until he was almost 4

  46. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    October 17, 2014 | 10:09 am

    I love potty books. I always get a good giggle about them. Kiddo had a few when she was younger about all parts of pottying and body noises. I agree that we have a different sense of humor than some parents but it works for us and her.

  47. Veronica
    October 17, 2014 | 10:11 am

    I am happy I am done with that forever. I remember thinking to myself back then that they will eventually learn on their own to not poop in their pants. Lol

  48. LaToya
    October 17, 2014 | 11:15 am

    I need to get Zoe a potty book. She is three and takes an interest sometimes, so we haven’t exactly been so diligent in sticking to it. She uses Pull-Ups and we’ve been just throwing her on the potty every few minutes or so.

  49. Christie
    October 17, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    My little girl is getting to the age too. I think she’s going to be my challenge child

  50. Bethany Delk
    October 17, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    I feel your pain! I just finished potty training one of my son’s and the other will be starting soon! I try not to stress over it and alllllways keep extra clothes on hand! ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Jaime
    October 17, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    We just went through potty training. Pull-ups definitely saved the day in our house!!

  52. Candy O.
    October 17, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    Oh the potty training.. I’m working with my son right now too.. He’s already 3 and wants nothing to do with it. My only consolation is he won’t wear diapers for ever.. Right?? LOL

  53. Billie
    October 17, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    I got my son “pre-seasoned” at 6, so I missed the potty training steps. I’m glad there are Pull Ups and books to encourage children to potty train.

  54. Chrysa Duran
    October 18, 2014 | 10:23 am

    What a great idea! Love that Big Kid Acadamy. The best things keep coming out when I no longer have little ones to do it! lol

  55. Dina
    October 19, 2014 | 8:19 am

    When we were potty training Pull Ups were our saving grace. They just made life easier.

  56. Tracey
    October 19, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    I don’t have kids yet so I am not dealing with potty training. I always talk to my mom friends about this topic though. It seems like a challenging time!

  57. kristine
    October 20, 2014 | 9:24 am

    We are in the ugly midst of potty training our second daughter as well! GAh! Thanks for sharing!

  58. Natalie
    October 21, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    I dread going down this road with the younger one! Maybe he’ll surprise me!

  59. April Decheine
    October 23, 2014 | 10:36 am

    The potty training book is very cute! My daughter just had a baby boy, she will be going through this down the road.

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  61. KalleyC
    October 30, 2014 | 11:26 am

    My little guy is turning two very soon, and I have a feeling it’s going to be harder to potty train him than his sister. Either way, I keep an extra potty seat in the car. I think this time when it’s time, I’ll be ready! (famous last words!)

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