BABYBJORN Potty Training Tips and GIVEAWAY!

As we approached potty training with my oldest (now 3) I have to admit I was incredibly discouraged. I know that many look forward to this wonderful time, but I didn’t for several reasons. First, I cloth diaper my kids and, as any cloth addicted parent knows, you don’t want to let them go! Now I have another in cloth so it wasn’t too painful but he’s a boy so I was losing all my frilly, flowery, pinks and prints. Second, there’s something really nice about not having to clean pee and poop up off of car seats, chairs, couches and floors. Especially when they don’t belong to you! Finally, I guess I was kind of weary of adding another “thing” to be done. Raising kids is all about training and repetition. “Say please and thank you”, “don’t touch that”, “we don’t hit”, “be nice”, “share”. It’s exhausting sometimes! So to add another one in, one that involves very close attention to movements and behaviors in order to avoid a hazmat team, can be less than appealing to some.

So to make this transition an easier one BABYBJÖRN has put together a list of top potty training tips from Dr. Robyn Strosaker, a pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. They’re also giving away one of their special edition, gold BABYBJÖRN Smart Potties that are not available in stores or for purchase! So check out these awesome tips and enter below to win!!

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Potty Training Tips

 

When?

  • Most children can be ready to start potty training between 18-24 months. Children will train easier before 24 months; some can become willful after that point.
  • Both the family and the child need to be ready. Review the signs of readiness and make a plan with your significant other.
  • If your child is having trouble, stop for 2-4 weeks and then try to restart.
  • Find a time when you can be around during the week to start potty training. Summer vacations or holidays are the best times.

How?

  • Sticker charts are great. If your child earns a certain number of stickers, they can earn a non-food reward.
  • If your child still wants to go in their diaper, take them out of it. If they are wearing underwear, they will feel uncomfortable when they are wet. If you are concerned about the mess, you can put the underpants on under the diaper. For those kids who don’t like wearing underpants, encourage them to wear them for a short time and offer rewards when they keep them clean and dry.
    • As a side note, there is nothing developmentally different between pull-ups and a diaper. Training will go quicker with underpants.

Where?

  • If your child has a certain area of the house he/she prefers to go potty in, it might be a good idea to get a portable potty and let him/her try that.
  • Put the portable potty in a room where the child typically plays to help them get used to the idea.

Other Considerations

  • Most kids aren’t ready to be dry at night until they start waking up dry from naps and some mornings.
  • To help keep them dry at night, stop liquids 2-3 hours after dinner, depending on your child’s bedtime.
  • When traveling: take a portable potty or potty seat with you, but you may need pull-ups for long car trips or plane rides.

 

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(*This giveaway is open to the US only. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. I was not compensated in any way for this giveaway.)

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12 thoughts on “BABYBJORN Potty Training Tips and GIVEAWAY!

  1. We potty train in 4 days or not at all! If significant progress isn’t made over a long weekend – stop for a couple months and try again for sure. I also second not going back and forth with diapers/pull ups and panties. It sends a mixed message that sometimes it’s ok to use your pants but other times you should use the potty. It’s so worth it once you get over the initial accident period!

  2. My potty trained babies were all older. My first two were conventionally trained and were both nightmares. I didn’t finish with my first, my daycare lady had to do it. 😦 My second… well, she was stubborn and we were desperate so we took some bad advice and probably scarred her for life. We got through it though. Third time around I was expecting to be the worst ever. He was crazy. Strong willed like you wouldn’t believe. We did one of Terri Crane’s potty parties and it worked like magic. He was also 3/almost four. Next one was two/almost three and she was a bit more stubborn but the potty party worked in 2 weeks rather than a few days like our son. My youngest is 21 months and I’d really like to potty train her. I don’t know if the whole potty party will work though since she has very limited language skills. I might give it a try though.

  3. My best potty training tips is just to have a lot of patience. Kids will want to go on their own time at their own pace. Also to let the child choose their reward. I’ve heard when a child feels like they are involved in the process it is easier for them and helps! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. One of the things that has worked with one of my kids is a reward system. She would get stickers for her reward.

  5. My fist son decided at three he wanted to start, I would tell him to make bubbles in the potty, because he loved bubbles and it worked he was very easy, my second son will be three in august and he is deathly afraid to sit on the big potty, maby I need to try a small one like this! I dont know what would help with him!

  6. We’ve been trying for quite awhile to potty train our oldest. With the arrival of a new baby and then them staying at gma and gpa’s for a week, we’ve had some set backs. I’m getting really sick of dealing with poopy underwear. Thank goodness we have a sprayer. We could really use another potty for his room.

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