Potty Training your toddler

When to start?

This is a question with multiple right answers. Every parent knows their child best. Every parent follows different approaches, and therefore it can start at different ages for every child, but the key is to follow your child and look for signs of readiness. All children achieve milestones at a different pace. Therefore, when your child can follow simple instructions and use few words, shows signs of having the urge to ‘go’ such as holding their diaper, or clutching at their crotch, would be a good time to start.
Having said that, it is a bad idea to try and start toilet training when the child is experiencing big changes or adjustments. Shifting house, birth of a sibling, illness, trips and vacations, sudden absence of a parent, could all be too stressful for a child and could become an obstacle in toilet training leading you both to become frustrated. Instead, let that adjusting period pass and then begin.

Tips for Toilet Training

  • Use words associated with using the toilet long before you begin, so that you build your child’s vocabulary to be well equipped.
  • Repeatedly, yet calmly, tell the child to tell you when they need to use a toilet.
  • Study the signs that tell you that your child is about to pee or poop.
  • Buy a small attractive potty chair, or the baby toilet seat to fit on a regular toilet, and discuss it with your child.
  • Let your child see an older child using the toilet.
  • Never force a child to sit on it until they show ready willingness. Anything new can be scary to a child.
  • Make sure baby wears something that makes using a toilet easy. A diaper will send the message that you expect no cooperation from them. However, some padded underwear like the Superbottoms SuperUnders work great as the child can pull them down herself!

What to wear?

Potty training pants are a great babywear bridge between diapers and underwear, and make a toddler feel grown up and important, while also keeping a mom worry free.

What are potty training pants?

Potty training pants are underwears / pull up pants with heavy padding so that it absorbs pee and the accidental pee does not drip down and cause bed wetting or puddles of pee.

Toilet training pants are also non dry feel unlike diapers so that the baby/toddler understands wetness. Since the baby will feel wetness in these, they will complain and ask the caregiver to change these instantly. This will also reinforce the concept of not peeing in the pants.

They are meant to be worn in the transition between wearing diapers but before they are ready to wear regular underpants. Training pants are usually reusable and made of comfortable materials such as cotton.

How and when to use Super unders?

Super Unders are pull up style cotton training pants by Superbottoms with gentle elastics, partial waterproofing and thick cotton padding.

If you are planning to potty train your baby or if your baby is showing signs of potty training, you can use SuperUnders at home and Superbottoms cloth diapers when out and about. This is a great idea if your little one uses the toilet occasionally but is not a pro yet!
Then there are those toddlers who are pros at keeping dry, yet the mamma prefers to be completely and safely prepared for a miss, so she leaves nothing to chance, and keeps her toddler in SuperUnders all the time, until both she, and the toddler are fully prepared to say goodbye to babywear and pull up those big boy pants!

Some parents feel that the padding in a training pant would make a baby feel that it’s just a diaper, and would wet it. However, that’s not true. The padding, while it has several layers to soak wetness, it has no dry-feel. This means the baby would feel wet and uncomfortable after peeing, and this would cause the child to learn what it takes to stay dry next time!

Even if a child has been out of diapers, some parents prefer to opt for well padded underwear like SuperUnders by Superbottoms, to avoid any accidental leaks especially at nights.

Hope this answers all your questions on potty training and helps you potty train your baby/ toddler.

Here’s wishing you and your toddler good luck as you hop on the toilet-training train!

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