Potty training with pull-ups

By | June 13, 2013

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*So…We’ve been potty-training. And today I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share our experience as part of this sponsored campaign with Huggies Pull-Ups.

To say that I was reluctant in potty-training my son would be a serious understatement. Serious as a heart attack, as my friend Tirzah would have said.

You see, even though I successfully potty-trained my daughter in one week, the experience left me scarred and traumatized. Seriously, people. Potty-training is a tricky business.

Physically, emotionally, financially–so taxing.

I almost promised myself that I wouldn’t potty-train Chaucer until he was five. Gross, yes, but I was looking for something that could get done in like, a day, tops.

As highlighted here, I just don’t enjoy potty-training. At all.

But then…the diapers just got so bad. Bad bad. My two year old son kind of eats like a frat boy. He can down a steak in one sitting. He chugs his juice like it’s a competition. I wake up in the morning to him digging into a container of guacamole and tortilla chips.

He also really likes garlic.

As you can imagine, the diapers were like frat boy diapers. {I’m sure there’s such a thing, unfortunately.} I couldn’t take it anymore. He needed to be potty-trained. He needed to learn the art of “curtesy flushing” to lessen amount of toxic fumes invading our home.

It was really either that or buy a gas mask off ebay for all diaper changings.

There was also the added incentive that we’re moving to a nice apartment. There will be nice carpet. There will be a nice couch. This will not be the environment to deal with a zillion accidents. Oh, heavens no.

So I did a crazy thing and started potty-training two weeks before our move. {FYI our move is TOMORROW} Folks thought I was crazy to do such a thing. Even my mother doubted. Yes, my own “folks” doubted me.

Now, while I cannot say that my little monster is 100% potty-trained I can say that he is probably 80% potty-trained. And 80% is much better than 0%, don’t you think?

With Coco I had this mindset that she had to learn it in a week flat. I was kind of a potty-nazi and the stress affected everyone in our family. It was a rough, rough week.

This time, I tried something different. {Cue drum roll, please}

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I had some help from Huggies Pull-Up!

Sadly, I didn’t use these with Coco because I thought they would throw off my training. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

I think that using Huggies Pull-Ups has been the key to saving my sanity and keeping potty-training fun. I am confident that our move will not throw off our progress. I am also confident that my nice carpet and nice couch will stay potty-free!

Here’s what I love about using Pull-Ups:

  • They give you the freedom to leave your house while potty-training. 
  • They look and feel different from diapers to give your child the “big kid” experience.
  • You don’t have to pull them down their ankles after they’ve had a major accident. Instead, you can pull the seams out on the sides and easily remove the Pull-Up. Thus, no poop gets on your kid’s ankles or feet. This is a REALLY awesome feature. Trust me.
  • You don’t have to soak, spray, and bleach them after an accident. You get to throw them away. Yay!
  • They have fun characters like Sulley and Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc.

sulley diaperMy little guy is very independent. He wants to do EVERYTHING by himself. I don’t know that I have ever pulled the Pull-Up down or up for him. He enjoys the freedom of running to the bathroom, pulling down the Pull-Up, and getting on the toilet all. by. himself.


It totally astonished me when he started doing this because I thought I would have to do the whole “Do you need to go potty?” every fifteen minutes with him. Nope. This kid will go on his own terms. And then he’ll drag me in there to show me that he “Peeped,” as he says.

Don’t you think “Peeped” is a much better past tense of pee than “peed?” He’s onto something, this guy.

Chaucer Monster


If you’re like me and you hate potty-training, I strongly recommend that you give Huggies Pull-Ups a try. I mean it. Take the stress out of potty-training and let your little monster learn that he/she can do it all by themselves! You will be a happier mom, and they will be a happier kid.

So…do you plan to potty-train this summer? Have you potty-trained? Share your experiences in the comments!

Pull-Ups helps take the scare out of potty training by making it fun and easy with new Monsters U character training pants! You can help make potty training easier by staying consistent and using rituals like the potty break. Make it a game and ask your toddler, “What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!”

Visit Pull-Ups.com and “like” Pull-Ups on Facebook for more potty training tips and resources.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies Pull-Ups.

18 thoughts on “Potty training with pull-ups

  1. Alicia

    We definitely used pull-ups at potty training time and even after to prevent bed wetting for awhile. No big boy wants to wear a little baby diaper! It just sort of gives them that feeling of pride you want to foster at this independent stage.

  2. Meredith

    Oh my goodness! Your pictures are too cute and so are these Pull-Ups! I need to order another pack, and I usually get Pampers, but because of this, I am going with Huggies this time ????

  3. Anna

    I dream of one day writing my toddler is 80% trained. Even 75%. And he loves the Monsters pull-ups.

  4. Lisa Hamel

    Your son is adorable! I am a new reader (I found you via the 7×7 fashion remix), so it’s the first I am seeing him.

  5. Anna

    Okay – after reading this, maybe I *will* potty train my son someday. I was planning on waiting until 3rd grade – but maybe it won’t be so bad with Huggies Pull-ups. Thanks for the tip!

  6. hollow tree ventures

    I’m going to really, really need these very soon – I blocked out doing it the first two times, but I remember enough to know it sucks!

  7. Jessica

    Oh my gosh I love his littlle knock-kneed little boy legs. My youngest’s are the same. So glad you are 80% successful. Good luck with the move!!!

  8. HouseTalkN

    I am sure that my kiddos will pack pull-ups for college. I have certainly spent their college fund 4 times over! But, it has been worth every penny to avoid the laundry catastrophe!

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  10. Keesha

    Yes! Yes! Yes! We are a pull-ups family all the way. I love the designs – Cinderella, princesses and Monsters, INC and Toy Story! They have been perfect. And someday we will be out of them at night. Heavy sigh! Great post and good luck!

  11. Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    The side seam is THE BEST! You’re little monster is adorable! Ellen

  12. JD Bailey @ Honest Mom

    Yep, Pull-Ups really helped my eldest daughter with potty training! Lifesaver!!!

  13. Frugalistablog

    We totally used Pull-Ups for potty training. 10 years ago it was all about Princesses, but if my kids needed them now, the Monsters Inc. ones would be a hit! Patience is probably the biggest of all parenting virtues tested during this time!

  14. Nicole Leigh Shaw

    I didn’t use Pull-Ups with my kids. You know what happened? Laundry. Lots and lots and lots and lots of extra laundry. If I had it to do over? Pull-Ups, all the way.

  15. Allison Hart @ Motherhood, WTF?

    My kids still sleep in pull ups and from the way it’s looking, they will need them forever. I should buy stock.

  16. Courtney

    I used them on both of my kids and they loved them. They also help for nights until they learn to stay dry. Good luck moving this weekend! I hope it goes well.

  17. Susan@The Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva

    I don’t know what I would have done without Pull-Ups with all three of my kids. I’ve JUST finished with the potty training & thanks to Huggies, I’m a survivor.


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