Potty Training Doesn’t Have To Be Scary!

By | June 30, 2013




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

Hiya folks!

So, we’re still potty-training. Last time I checked in I said we were 80% potty-trained. Today I’ll report that we are 92% potty-trained.

It’s the pooping.

Pooping is not as easy as it sounds. Apparently, pooping in the toilet is QUITE the hurdle. I don’t quite understand why, but I can only report what my observations tell me.

I’ve learned to look for pooping signs. Sudden stillness or sneaking away? Probably needs to poop.

Irritability and frustration? Probably needs to poop.

Hasn’t gone in two days? Needs to poop. Stat.

And so when we finally had our first REAL victory poop. Tears of joy were shed by both mom and son. Ok, mostly by mom. Son couldn’t get over the…you know…size. {What is it with guys and size?}


I will say that potty-training your second child is quite a different experience than potty-training the first. With your first child, everything is new and weird. The kid bases everything they know about the toilet on what they’ve seen from mom and dad. With your second, potty-training is based off of the older sibling.

Chaucer has been interested in Coco’s bathroom routine from the get-go. She was potty-trained when he was an infant, so he’s no stranger to the potty-routine. But there are marked differences in training a little girl and a little boy. I don’t think I have to go into too much detail, right?

Chaucer doesn’t know that, though.

My favorite thing about potty-training Chaucer is hearing him shout, “I’m DOOOOOooooooonnnnNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!!!!” at the top of his lungs when I’m standing right next to him. Sometimes I have to plug my ears as I endure this ritual.

He does this, of course, because it’s what his sister does to let me know I need to come help her. With Chaucer, I just tell him to hop off the toilet and pull up his Pull-Up and that is the end of the ordeal.

The past month has held a lot of change for our family. We had a complete lifestyle change. Schedule change. Climate change (for the better). Potty training could have been excruciating, but because we went the Pull-Ups route, it’s been pleasant.

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Chaucer has been wearing the Monster’s U Pull-Ups with Sulley on the front and Mike Wazowski on the behind. We’re going to take him to see the film sometime next week. I was thinking about it, and Sulley is just the perfect character to represent Pull-Ups.

Sulley is a monster. He’s supposed to be scary.

Potty-training is scary.

Sulley is versatile. He can go from work-mode to play-mode very quickly. This is what endears him to Boo.

Potty-training has to be versatile. It has to succeed in work-mode and play-mode.

Sulley is gentle and kind.

Potty-training NEEDS to be gentle and kind.

Ok, so maybe you think the last one’s a stretch? Well, I have gone the potty-nazi route before. The tough love, suck-it-up, get-over-it method. I don’t like it.

I think there is a way to ease your child into a huge change. Sometimes you have to be abrupt, sometimes you can take your time. We were able to take our time with Chaucer’s potty-training, and I have to say it has been so much more relaxing. I’ve enjoyed our move. Our summer. Our play-time, because Pull-Ups have my back. Or rather, his back.


***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.


3 thoughts on “Potty Training Doesn’t Have To Be Scary!

  1. Frugalistablog

    I love the Mike Wasowski booty!! Pull-ups are a lifesaver!

  2. Kerry

    I’m going through this ordeal with kid No. 3. The pooping part if killing me. She either waits until she is in the diaper for night, and waits like 2 days before she goes. I’m using a pull-up for naptime, but I feel like if we use them throughout the day, my daughter is too comfortable in them and she sin’t bothered if she’s wet. We’ve been at it for about 8 days. She’s pretty good at No. 1, but no luck yet on No. 2. Hoping we see progress soon – for her sake and mine.


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