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Oh….. here we are again. My favorite thing to do with my kids EVER! Potty training. Well, not really. It’s probably the worst. But alas, it has to be done.
My youngest daughter is almost THREE and I was pretty sure I would have her potty trained by the time she reached 2.5. But let me tell you something– my little girl.. she is STUBBORN! She wants to do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. I potty trained my oldest daughter many moons ago, so I was able to pick up some tips from that experience that I would love to share with you all and use them in potty training my youngest daughter. So…… here we go!
5 Tips for Potty Training Girls
1. Be prepared!
Get all necessary items needed for potty training, such as a potty seat or chair, a good book for her to read while she’s patiently waiting to go, and of course awesome and cool Huggies Pull-Up training pants! My daughter was so excited about wearing Doc McStuffins around that she did not want her to get dirty or wet. It worked!
2. DON’T Rush!
I don’t know about you but my girls are strong-willed. They want to be independent, they want to figure things out on there own. Use that to your advantage and watch them for ready-to-potty-train cues. Feel free to lightly nudge them in the potty training direction, however. 🙂
I have discovered in my past potty training experience that negativity and punishment for potty training is counter-productive! Focus on all the positives. Reward BIG for the times she does go on the potty. Celebrate by singing a potty song or doing a potty dance when she does go. Yelling or being upset at your child could cause her to lose confidence in her potty training abilities and she may revert back to going in her diaper again.
4. Make it Fun!
Don’t make potty training seem like a chore, even though it totally is. Make trips to the bathroom fun! Find the humor in getting her to sit on the potty, relax and focus on going. When I started potty training my youngest girl, we always did breathing exercises with our eyes closed. That always helped her to relax and let things flow!
5. DON’T Stress!
Don’t worry if she hold off potty training til the last possible moment. All children are different developmentally and may not start staying dry until much later. Some catch on super quick, Don’t compare other’s expereiences to your own. That is not fair to you and may make your potty training efforts much harder. Just go with the flow.. she’ll get the hang of it!
And… if you need more tips and help with potty training, The Huggies Big Kid Academy is a GREAT resource! check out all the articles for the parents and all the activities for your kiddos that pertain to potty training.
Please feel free to Enroll in the Big Kid Academy below and get started with your potty training adventure! I know it’s helped me– and I am sure it will help you too!