I have to get on here to do a real update one of these days. The little lady is 6 months old and keeping me VERY busy. Also, let’s take a moment to recognize that we’ve kept her alive for HALF OF A YEAR. Woot Woot. Best parents ever.
Anyways, I was pretty excited when Baby Bjorn reached out to me and asked if I’d like to participate in a giveaway. Heck yeah, I would!
June was National Potty Training Month, and even though we’re now into July, that shouldn’t stop you from going strong with your potty training goals! The only thing worse than dealing with diapers is dealing with diapers on a 90* summer day.
BABYBJÖRN has put together a list of top potty training tips from Dr. Robyn Strosaker, a pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
At the rate Amelia is growing – too fast! – we’ll be potty training before I know it.
Here’s your chance to win a FREE special edition, gold BABYBJÖRN Smart Potty not available in stores or for purchase.
The potty perfectly combines functionality and comfort, making it ideal for smaller bathrooms. The minimalistic design and compact size mean that it takes up very little space, making it ideal for trips. There is a handle on the back of the potty so that you or your child can easily move the potty from room to room.
To win, comment below and give me your best potty training tip. Be sure to leave your email address, as that’s how I’ll contact the winner. For an extra entry, follow me on Twitter @HeatherLWheeler and leave another comment letting me know you followed and your Twitter handle.
A winner will be chosen using random.org on Friday July 25th!