I've successfully potty trained three kids but it's taking quite a bit longer the 4th time around! There are a few hurdles that Liam still has to overcome in the Potty Training process but thankfully I have experience on my side AND a few tricks up my sleeve!
Potty Training is messy, time-consuming and frustrating. My number one tip is to always be prepared! Stock up on supplies and have them within reach at all times. After going through the entire process twice I learned to gather all of my potty training secret weapons before we begin and to place the items in a handy basket which I keep right next to the potty!
Our Potty Training Supplies Basket includes:
- Board Books to read while sitting on the potty
- Training Pants or Underwear
- Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths
- Small toy
Kids who are potty training can become bored with the process quickly. I keep a few books and a small toy in my basket of tricks. When I sense that Liam is ready to flee I pull out one of those items to distract him. It always buys me a few extra minutes of potty training time. I try to swap those items every few days to keep the basket exciting! (Some great toy ideas are playdoh, silly putty, mini coloring books or lacing beads.) When they have a distraction they tend to relax which makes letting go a bit easier...if you catch my drift!
When all else fails a lollipop always does the trick! I'm not a fan of potty training rewards so I only use the lollipops as a distraction. I prefer praise and positive reinforcement over rewards!
Extra training pants or underwear is essential! I like to keep a few extras in our basket just in case. Right now Liam is still using training pants but when the time comes we will toss extra underwear into the basket instead.
When we start potty training I always make the switch from baby wipes to Flushable Cleansing Cloths. I keep a pack in the Potty Training Supplies Basket, I keep a pack in my purse and I keep a pack in my diaper bag. I never bought them before I had kids but they became a necessity once we started potty training. Now our entire family can't live without them!
Our favorite brand is Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths. Not only are they soft and strong but they have a Clean Ripple Texture for a confident clean! (Let's face it...toilet paper doesn't always do the trick!) Thanks to the SafeFlush technology we can use them anywhere. Unlike baby wipes these wipes start to break down immediately after flushing!
We always stock up on Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths at Sam's Club! Having a Sam's Club membership is crucial for our big family. We can save money on all the items we frequently purchase by buying the items in bulk. This busy mama can also save time by taking advantage of the free club pickup (order items online and pick up your order at your local Sam's Club) or subscription service. I can buy everything we need at Sam's Club including blankets, toys and clothing! It's a one stop shopping spot that I love!
When you buy Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths at Sam's Club you get 11 packs (462 sheets) for an ultra low price. My family of 6 goes through the packs quickly so it's beneficial for us to stock up!
I loved Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths before but now I love them even more. Starting in September the new flip top packs will be available at Sam's Club!
What makes these packs so special?
- They're super easy to open. My 3 year old and 5 year old can do it on their own!
- They're just as easy to close. No more futile attempts at lining up the stick-on cover perfectly so it creates a tight seal. Which means...
- ...no more dried out Flushable Cleansing Cloths. They stay fresh from the first wipe to the last!
- The flip top lid makes them quick to dispense. When you're dealing with the often messy potty training accidents this is amazing!
I am a huge fan of these new packs!
Thank you, Cottonelle, for sponsoring today's post and for giving my entire family a more #ConfidentClean!