After the long, drawn out process that was potty training Bub, I swore I would keep Bubette in diapers forever. We wouldn’t be in any hurry to potty train, because diapers are so EASY. And then she started to show an interest in the potty, which was a stark contrast from Bub who screamed NO for months whenever presented with the cute little frog potty. So, when Huggies offered to send me a few things to get our potty training jump started, I said yes and hoped for the best.
First of all, let me eat my words here. Personally, I am not a fan of licensed characters. I would prefer that my children’s stuff remain character free. However, when Bubette turned two and developed a love for all things Disney princess (is it in the vaccines or something?) I knew exploiting that a little bit might work to my advantage.
What I didn’t expect was her full-blown excitement over just the packages of Pull-Ups adorned with Cinderella that came in the mail, just for her. The fact that she gets to wear them? It’s almost too much for her to handle. So, of course I bought her princess underwear to sweeten the deal.
This hasn’t been an overnight success for us, but MAN if things aren’t starting to click for her. She flips her tiny lid whenever she goes in the potty, cheers, dances and claps for herself. Potty training? Actually a little bit fun. (A little. It’s still PEE, after all.) One huge advantage on my side is that my husband is home all summer. (YOU GUYS. It’s been eight weeks, and he still has at least two more weeks before he goes back. I haven’t taken both kids ANYWHERE by myself in the past eight weeks. Not once.) That helps so that one of us can stay home with her while the other one runs Bub to school, or to the grocery store. I’m not a potty training expert by any means, but my number one piece of advice is to go straight to underwear. We’re still diapering for naps and bedtime because we’re not crazy, but if we’re at home, it’s undies all the time. It’s a lot less fun (for everyone) when you pee all over yourself, rather into a super absorbent diaper. If we have to run an errand, she goes into a Pull Up and it’s here that I invoke the power of the princesses. “Keep Cinderella dry, okay?” Amazingly, she does, but I’m still not ready to run the risk of wet clothes in public. I’ve already broken all of my lazy parenting rules to this point. I need a little more reassurance that she’s got this thing before I run the risk of wet clothes in Target.
So, nearly 500 words on potty training, and what’s in it for you? Huggies wants to send one of you the same package they sent me. Two packages of Pull Ups, a potty time watch, and a $25 gift card for purchasing potty training supplies.
To enter, leave a comment below. Be sure to include your email address. One comment per person. Giveaway closes Monday, August 20 at noon. Prize can only be shipped within the United States.
I was provided with the same items I’m giving away. All opinions are my own.