How to potty train your kid. #PullUpsPottyBreaks #ad

This is a sponsored post about how to potty train your kid , brought to you by Huggies Pull-Ups. There are tons of experts who will tell you THE way to potty train your child.   I’m going to tell you that there is no one answer.  There just isn’t. Every kid is different and most every kid will train differently.  I have three kids, and each trained differently.  So I have some tips for you to potty train your child, no matter if you are using cloth or disposables, or straight to underwear. Now that we’re just potty training at night time, I feel like I’m almost on the “other” side of training.

tips for how to potty train your child

1. Work WITH your child’s personality. If they aren’t normally going to do what you want just because you ask them to, they probably aren’t going to just go on the potty because you tell them they have to.  (This is the compromise I had with my little one- she was NOT going to have her picture taken, not for anything.  Big sister got her to agree to model the Pull-Up with just her belly button in the picture).

2. Find their “currency” – for some kids, little treats work.  For others, maybe a sticker chart.  For some kids, it’s just knowing they are doing what the BIG KIDS do.

3. Praise is not a bad thing.  Ever.  Praise for trying, praise for going, praise for realizing they have an accident, praise for wanting to use the potty.  Praise them.

4. EXPECT ACCIDENTS. I could write this eleven million times over.  Kids have accidents.  The end. I’ve never met a child, including my own three and myself, who hasn’t ever had an accident.  It’s not intentional 99 times out of 100, and they WILL happen.  They might even have an accident sitting on your lap at Grama’s house.

5. Expect accidents in inconvenient places.  Perhaps not the place but the time.  Plan accordingly.  Keep an extra set of clothes in your bag/car just in case.  (Really, kids can have an incident without potty training, so having that tiny pair of underpants and light cotton pants won’t take up too much room. I have a set for each kid in my van).

6. Make it FUN. Be excited for them when they go.  Be excited when they try or want to go.  Make up songs (we still sing the family favorite peepee on the potty song that we started 6 years ago now…) and be silly.

7. Don’t be rigid.  Consistency is always good in parenting, but there has to be some room for leeway.  Remember that this whole potty thing is kind of a big deal to your child and if they are 18 months or 4 years, it’s a huge change in their life.

8. Kids don’t like to stop doing really fun stuff to try to use the bathroom.  Embrace this knowledge and your frustration level may drop.  A little.  (My 5 year old waits until the last possible second 9 times out of 10 because he hates to stop what he’s doing. Rumor has it that a little girl named Brett was exactly the same way…I can’t verify this. I was just busy being awesome).

9. Follow your child’s cues.  That weird looking kid potty seat might be weird and creepy to your little one.  Im sure a lot of kids are happy to tinkle into Elmo.  (Me, I think I’d be all “why do you want me to go potty on Elmo? I like him!)Full sized toilets are generally higher up than your child, and may be really intimidating.

10. Absorbancy is your friend. Maybe that’s in the form of Huggies Pull-Ups.  Maybe cloth trainers.  Maybe really thick underpants meant for potty training.  Even the fastest learners may have a little tinkle on the way to the potty.  It happens.  Absorbancy is your friend and will save you from washing your floors, your couch, your carseats (and who likes to clean carseats? Not this girl!).

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11. Characters are fun and your child loves them.  Work with this. My kids have loved princesses and fairies and every single Disney character and oh yes, I have used this to our advantage.  Huggies makes Pull-Ups with lots of beloved characters.  (Prepare yourself for your child to select which character they want, once they catch on to this).  Right now, they have Monsters, Inc. Pull-Ups.  My beloved Sully is on the girls’ version with flowers around him.  Sully. Big, strong and tough Sully, and flowers.  It’s cute, it’s fun, and it works.  Plus, Mike Wazowski is on the tush.

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10. Whatever you use for training, be sure to get something that is easy on and easy off. It’ll make your life much more pleasant and when there is an accident, it’ll be quicker to clean things up.  Huggies Pull-Ups are what we like because of their easy to remove sides.


Pull-Ups helps take the scare out of potty training by making it fun and easy with new Monsters U character training pants! You can help make potty training easier by staying consistent and using rituals like the potty break. Make it a game and ask your toddler, “What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!”

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies Pull-Ups.

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

14 comments… add one
  • My son loves Monsters Inc. so these's he loves to wear!! He is potty trained but we still have to use them on occasion at night!
  • Those are Sooo cute! No one in pull ups in my house though... :-(
  • I love reading all the oldest, who is now 4, took quite a while to potty train. We tried so many different things so many times and all people would ever tell me is "he'll do it when he is ready" and I could only think that wasn't going to happen until he was in high school! It took a lot of trial and error to figure out what works for him-he had to start by being totally bottomless. Anything on his behind and he wouldn't use the potty. For him, we set up a reward system of 1 happy face every time he went potty-once he got to 10 he got to pick out a toy from a bin we put together. He still gets super excited every time he goes and he has been potty trained for easily 2 months now (except the occasional night time accident). Now to start working with the middle child!! Thanks for the tips
  • I frequently say that one of my greatest accomplishments in life was potty training five kids. Each child was different....some easy and some SO hard I wanted to pull my hair out. My 8 year old son still wears Pull-ups at night...and now I totally need to go surprise him with the MU themed ones!!
    • The Monsters ones are pretty coool!!
  • I used those for my own peace of mind when out and about in tricky situations. It took a long time for my son to be trained, and your "be flexible" tip is NO JOKE!
  • those are really cute! thanks for sharing your potty training tips
  • Oh my gosh, those are SO adorable!! Huggies were the only thing all 4 of my kids wore. I honestly tried the other 2 brands that are big on the market and they didn't come close to working on my kids. I liked how they felt and how they worked so well! Great tips on the potty training and good luck! I don't miss those days! lol
  • Those are the cutest pull ups - love the designs. I never "potty trained" any of mine. It just happened. It's so much easier than 'training' haha.
  • Brett, your advice is spot on! Every child is different and responds to different things. Great tips!
  • We use these right now with my oldest... my youngest likes them so much he is trying to kick start his potty training too.
  • You know, I never used a single Pull-Up! My son just decided to do it, and did it. All at once. Only ever wet the bed 2 or 3 times! But I am not counting on it being that easy with my daughter. It would be nice, but I think I need to learn about this stuff just in case. Thanks for sharing all your tips!!

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