potty training tipsIs your toddler ready for the big kid potty? Yippee, diaper days are almost over!  This time can be very exciting for a parent. It’s a big step, but it also can be a pain in the butt. If this is your first potty training rodeo, you’re going to need a little advice and help. I’ve been through this multiple-times and trust me there are days where you just want to scream! Don’t worry, those days will pass and once your child is potty trained, you will love the luxury of not having to change their diapers anymore! Here are five potty training tips for your toddler.

1. Are they ready?

You cannot begin to potty train your child if they aren’t ready. So the first thing you have to do as a parent is figure this out. Some children are ready to potty train as early as 18 months, while others don’t feel ready until the age of three.

Since there is such a large age gap, it is important to watch for signs that they are ready to start. Can your toddler follow directions? Are they able to pull down and pull back up their own pants? Can they walk and sit down? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then it may be time! Just make sure that there aren’t any major changes coming up for your toddler. Chaos and change are never a good time to learn something new.

2. Buy the right stuff.

Your child needs to be potty trained on a little kid seat. If you attempt potty training on a regular toilet, it just won’t work. They are not ready for that. Have your child help you pick out their seat so they feel like they own it. After all, they are the ones who have to be comfortable with it.

3. Make a routine.

Have your child try to go on the potty after every meal. A lot of times people have to go to the bathroom after a meal, so this routine will help your child learn and feel more comfortable having a routine. It will also help acclimate them to the process and not feel uncomfortable. Once they get in the swing of the routine, it will get easier.

4. Explain everything as clear as you can.

It is important that you explain to your child why they have to use the big kid potty. It also could really help to pick up a few potty training books that explain the process in their words. Pictures always help kids understand better!

5. Don’t force it.

If your toddler is resisting potty training, or always puts up a fight, they may not be ready. Watch for signs that they are struggling and if it continues, give potty training a rest for a while. Remember, it isn’t a race and your child will eventually learn. Plus, everyone has to learn things on their own time.

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As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it "the pacifier game," and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, 'I wish somebody would invent a ...' A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don't help the baby. Babies don't understand when it's behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born... The first ever pacifier toy that - with the help of baby's interaction - keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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