Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.
Just as soon as you think you’ve got parenting kind of figured out, your sweet baby enters a new stage, and you find yourself trying to navigate through it all over again! My latest lesson has been potty training, and Walmart has helped ease the transition. They are celebrating 20 years of their exclusive brand ‘Parents Choice’ which I have purchased countless times, so I’m highlighting my faves!
When my husband and I decided Kai was ready to start potty training, we wanted to get him super excited about it, so we went and bought a portable toilet that looked like a car, (his VERY favorite toy) thinking he would love it. Spoiler alert: he couldn’t have cared less about it. He wanted to go straight to the big potty, so we adapted to his needs with another trip to Walmart! We found a little cushioned potty seat insert that goes directly on the toilet and it worked well for us. We still kept the car potty just incase our next little one wants to start with that when the time comes.
With Kai’s speech delay, we were a little worried that potty training would be unsuccessful, but to our surprise, he did so well! He was even waking up dry after just a few days. Here are a few things we did that I think made potty training easier on all 3 of us!
- Waited until he showed interest in potty training. I felt pressure to have Kai using the toilet before he was 3, but every kid had their own timeline and its okay! I think when the time came to pull the trigger he was completely ready.
- Let him pick out his own underwear (he was SO excited to see his favorite characters on them)!
- Avoided Pull-ups. We did put them on him at night for the first little bit, but I think he learned so quickly because he was able to fully feel when he was wet.
- Stayed at home most of the day for about 3 days. I tried to pick a week where we didn’t have a ton going on so we could just focus on teaching.
- HAVE PATIENCE! They are just tiny humans doing the best they can and making a huge change in their life, so remembering to stay calm when he had an accident was a big one for me.
I am by no means an expert, but these little things really helped us potty train. I didn’t read any books on the subject, but heard they can be helpful if you’re struggling. If you’re in another phase of baby, check out my post on breastfeeding here! As always, thank you for reading, and message me if you have any questions at all!