Potty Train Your Two Year Old
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We have officially made it to the potty training stage and it is slightly terrifying but exciting at the same time! My little girl is quickly becoming a big kid. I have tips for my fellow mother’s out there today on how to potty train your two year old. Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® is my biggest tool for making potty training a success! I am sharing with you signs that your child is ready to potty train, supplies needed and some tips and tricks to accomplish this big milestone in your little ones life.
Okay mamas! Let’s potty train your two year old.
Is Your Child Ready?
To begin, you need to determine if your child is ready to potty train. Most preschools will require your child to be completely potty trained before attending so I believe the sooner you can potty train, the better. Plus, kids learn quickly! At age of two, I believe most kids are ready to use the potty. Here are some signs that your child is ready:
- You child wakes up dry consistently from naps and goes long periods through the day staying dry.
- Your child acknowledges that they are going potty or need to go. Caitlin and myself have some awkward eye contact moments when she is going potty in her diaper and says “poo poo” while pointing at it.
- Your child has an interest in the toilet and what happens while you are in bathroom. They learn from observation. Yes, having them tail you into bathroom while you go tinkle is a good thing. I do look forward to the day I can pee in peace though!
- Your child may even want to go hide while going potty for privacy.
Yay! Your child is ready for the potty training phase so what now?
I explored my local Sam’s Club to find the supplies needed. You will need the right equipment and supplies to make potty training a success and it all starts with Pull-Ups! Sam’s Club is a great place to pick up Pull-Ups in large packs with really fun designs within the Diaper and Potty Training Supply aisle. Caitlin wanted the pink box and letting your child help pick out supplies will aid you in the potty training process. Sam’s Club also offers their members online shopping, free pick up, and cash back for Plus Memberships. As a mom, I can tell you Sam’s Club is a necessity!
What you Need to Potty Train Your Two Year Old
- Pull-Ups. They wear like underwear to easily pull on and off with easy open sides for quick changes when needed. Plus, the Pull-Ups fade when wet to help your little one learn quicker.
- Child’s toilet seat. There are a lot of options. Some are on the floor and some cover your toilet like what I have shown here.
- Stepping stool for the regular potty. A stepping stool is also useful for hand washing in the sink.
- Flushable wipes to make wiping as comfortable as possible.
- Stickers. Never underestimate the power of a sticker! Give your child a fun sticker every time they successfully use the potty.
- Patience. Potty training takes time so be patient and consistent. Don’t get mad or upset. DO use words of encouragement, high fives and clapping.
Check out Sam’s Club by clicking HERE and get the supplies you need!
(Patience is not available online or in store. Yoga or meditation are recommended.)
Tips and Tricks
There are so many different tactics for potty training! Through potty training two children, I have found what works for us! I have just a few tips and tricks to potty train your two year old.
- Start potty training on a week that is not crazy busy because the first few days will be time consuming and consistency is very important.
- Start potty training in close intervals. Every 10 minutes, have your little one go to the potty to begin. This is a lot of work but when they begin to potty on the toilet, move out those intervals to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and so on until your child is voluntarily going to the bathroom when they need to.
- Have a plan! Decide on your potty training tactics before the process begins to avoid confusion.
- Let your child go without pants around the house. Just use the Pull-Ups because an extra layer of clothes can be frustrating for you and your child. Remember that your child is still learning how to put on and take off their own clothes so make it as easy as possible.
- Positive reinforcement is huge! “Yay, you went potty! You are such a big girl/boy!” Words of encouragement will make the potty training experience fun for everyone. The stickers also help with the positive reinforcement. Let your child know how proud you are of them when they use the potty!
- Go long lengths sitting on the toilet until your child goes potty. During the time, you can do activities like reading a book, practicing ABC’s, or playing with a small toy.
Visit the Pull-Ups® Potty Training Program to take a personality quiz and get more tips on potty training!
For the mother’s out there with a child in the potty training phase or have smoothly hit this milestone:
Make sure to share your best tips and tricks in the comments below!