This post is sponsored by Odoban. All opinions are my own.
Potty training girls is a ball!
People say is the easiest but after potty training a few boys and my two(still working on Cami) sassy girls I beg to differ. Girls are strong, headstrong, and tiny, just s tiny bit stubborn.
But that has not stopped any of us yet I’m right?!
If you are a parent you have dealt with potty training and all the joy it brings. The incidents are just the beginning but to have a sweet baby out of diapers is amazing!
But for all of us stuck, still, in the middle of it all, this post is for you! Let’s prepare and clean up together!
To keep this as concise as possible we will only be sharing about daytime potty training. Be sure to come back to read the nighttime tips and tricks!
The key to Potty Training
I was an in-home daycare provider for about 9 years and in those 9 years I potty trained a few children, and in every case, the key to a successful potty training journey was for them to be ready!
As parents many of the times we want to control that area too but I guarantee you it will always end in headaches!
There comes a time where they will start noticing when they are wet or pooped and that’s the time to take action. Another clue is if your little one is waking up from nap time dry! Bedtime tends to be a lot longer but both my girls started waking up dry in the mornings and I knew it was time to start trying.
What do you need?
Honestly just a potty and some panties but there are a few things I recommend to make the process easier.
- Padded undies! Every time I have potty trained a child, I ask for the parents to get these! I have used the Gerber brand many times but I know a few other brands have come out with their own. For Cami, we are using the Disney brand, but it’s all the same! They are padded undies to avoid puddles on your floors!
- Thin undies. Here is the idea with these. I have used this to put underneath, yes underneath the diaper the first few days to encourage the wet feeling! A few years ago a known diaper brand Cami out with the cold sensation pull-ups but I have never found them again, so I use the thin undies! My girls notice the wet feeling and as soon as they pee I change the undies immediately. (Yes it requires lots of time and laundry)
- Cleaning Products. You will have more than a few incidents the first few days so having a cleaning product that is safe for children, and puppies, if you have them is extremely important. Also, that is cost-effective! I use Odoban! It smells amazing and it can be used on many surfaces.(I even use Odoban on our back porch when we clean to help with the puppy pee smell) You can find Odoban at your local Home Depot stores and Walmart! We have the lavender and the original and love both!
Let me be 1000% honest the process sucks! You are going to want to quit over and over again. Accidents will happen and I see them as the best way for them to learn, but that doesn’t mean I like them! No, I hate the clean-up part, but we are heading in the right direction!
Starting the Journey
Once your child is waking up dry is your time to take action.
You can try the thin undies hack that I shared before but remember to set your timers and continue checking on them every 15-20 minutes. (this is a great hack for kids that seem to not care if they are wet! We have all been there)
Once your babe notices it’s time to take the potty!
If you have 2-3 days, can be done on the weekends, which will be best! Keep your babe in a shirt and their padded undies for those 3 days and get ready to do tons of laundry!
Set the timer on your phone for every 25 minutes and increase by 5 little by little. This will help your child learn to
- Identify when they have to go potty
- Learn to hold it a little more each time.
Depending on your child you will need to increase or limit their liquid intake. In our case, we have always increased it to help the girls learn when they have to pee and help them pee every time we go to the potty!
As far as the actual potty we are team use the big potty! With Bella, we had a ladybug potty that she loved and used it up until she was 2, when she turned two she no longer wanted to use it! With Cami, we bought one as well and she used it once! She said she wanted to use the big potty and it worked like a charm! (Cami is 2 and a half)
My suggestion is to buy one for the early days when you go to the restroom take your babe with you and sit them in their potty. Most kiddos will tell you when they are ready to move to the big potty.
This is a super important subject, there is no perfect age to start. My oldest was ready and was partly potty trained by 18 months. We ended up going out of the country and I was not ok with her going to public places
Just like us, our babies need encouragement. Try to keep potty training charts withs stickers and little rewards every time actually pee. For my oldest, we did band-its, weird but she was so obsessed with band-its that after trying mini chocolate chips for a day we realized that it was not going to work, so we switched to the one thing we knew loved and that was band-its.
For my youngest we did gummies and well she also preferred band-its, so if you see me at the dollar store buying multiple boxes you’ll know why!
So find whatever it is that your child loves and have extra on hand!
-Pooping in the potty can and will take a little extra work. Most of our kids have a sort of a schedule so take advantage of that.
-Be ready to throw some panties away! I’m that mom that won’t mess with mom! I grab a store bag and throw them out! It’s not my thing but if you are more power to you!
-To help boys with their aim, throw a few cheerios in the potty and ask them to aim! They’ll have a blast and enjoy it!
Hope this helps and please be sure to share your tips below! Would love to know your best tips!