Monday, July 23, 2012

All Aboard The Potty Train!

Whoot!  Whoo!  All Aboard The Potty Train!  Whoot!  Whoo!
This week on My Mid-Life Motherhood we are jumping on board the Potty Train!  Cupcake and I hope you'll join us as we share the ups and downs of our potty training experience.

Here are a few key items to gather if you'd like to join us on our journey!


Take your little tyke to the store and pick out their favorite character undies.  Cupcake was so excited to pick out Princess and Minnie Mouse panties - so much so that she showed them to anyone who neared our shopping cart and proudly announced that she was getting ready to potty train!

Cupcake's New Panties!


While at the store, grab a few extra treats that your child likes. I let Cupcake pick out some donuts, candy and juice - things she would consider an extra special reward.


We also picked out a few special stickers, crayons and coloring books to use for rewards during our intensive potty training day.  Every time she went in the potty she got to pick a small treat and if she initiated going to the potty on her own successfully, she was rewarded with a larger prize.

Portable Potty & Potty Chair

Decide which kind of potty you would like to train your tot to use and make sure you have what you need before you climb aboard the potty train!  We have several potties that Cupcake has been using on and off for the past few months.  We decided to use a portable potty insert that fits onto any toilet seat in order to train her to use the bathroom properly.

Plenty of Princess Potties!


An important part of potty training is teaching our kids how to use the bathroom on their own.  Hand washing is key to that training and it is vital to have a non-slip stool to make the sink reachable for little ones!

Potty Books

Anticipate that your tot will spend lots of time just sitting and waiting on the potty. Providing some helpful reading material is another way to educate them on proper potty usage.  One potty we have even has a little side pocket to hold a few books - it is the perfect size for one of our favorites: Once Upon A Potty!

Old Fashioned Potty Chair!

Cleaning Supplies

Stock up on paper towels, flushable wipes, Lysol wipes, baby wipes, etc. Pick whichever cleaning supplies you prefer for the inevitable accidents your tot will experience. Hopefully, your experience will be similar to ours with only a couple of accidents that first day of intensive potty training!


Make sure you have some sort of timer to help remind you to take your tot to the potty on a regular basis.

Night Time Plan

Decide how you want to handle nap time and bed time - undies, training pants, pull-ups or diapers and stock up on any necessary supplies.

Now that all our supplies are gathered, get ready to embark upon The Potty Train!

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