Yeah, we've made progress since then, thanks in part to Pull-Ups and learning how to make potty training a celebratory experience.
Take, for instance, this scene from last night:
"Oh, Mommy, ka-kee!" my son cried out.
He slid his Cars-themed Pull-Up down his legs all by himself, and together, we ran to the bathroom.
He picked up his Mickey Mouse ClubHouse soft potty seat, inserted it into the toilet and climbed on top.
"Pone! Pone!" Equis pointed to my cell phone. But before I could even open the Pulls Up Big Kid app, Plop Plop. Equis was already going potty.
He trembled a little, then slid off the toilet. "Oh, Mommy, fini."
Wincing at the smear on the potty seat, I put on my biggest smile. I jumped up and down and clapped my hands. "You finished? Wow! You did it. You went potty in the toilet!"
"Mommy," he said, his gapped teeth showing behind his smile, "I did it!"
For a child with verbal apraxia to tell me he had to go felt like miracle.
There's no doubt in my mind that this progress is due in part to heeding the expert advice I received from Jeannette Kaplun and Dr. Andres Cotton some weeks ago, which taught me to loosen up and make potty training more of a celebration.
Like I have, many moms see potty training as a pain in the neck.
Pull-Ups® is bringing together moms’ favorite potty training tools along with a new 3D celebration. Pull-Ups created a mobile app that helps moms with potty training, gets kids motivated – and makes it fun for both.
I downloaded the new Pull-Ups Big Kid app to my phone over a month ago, and Equis has enjoyed it immensely since then. His favorite thing to do on it is play the different celebration and hand washing videos, which are complete with fun songs and dancing children.
The app helps my son and me to see potty time as an extension of play time instead of as a scary process or a boring chore.
Training pants can help make potty training a fun and easy bonding experience between parent and child by encouraging parents to celebrate the potty training milestone with fun rituals.
- Equis and I celebrated with party blowers and party hats.
- Equis also got a sticker, which he stuck and re-stuck everywhere, even on my face.
- Equis colored the First Flush Celebration drawing paper. My favorite part of his coloring was when he stopped to name the people in the picture as "Me, Mommy, Daddy!" and then counted all of the balloons and stars.
- He felt much more comfortable on the soft potty seat than he did on our former hard one, which makes it easier for him to use the bathroom. He's also excited by the Mickey theme since he loves the Mickey Mouse ClubHouse show.
- It was easy to clean up after Equis used the bathroom because I used Pull-Ups Flushable moist wipes instead of traditional wipes to wipe him as well as the soiled potty seat.
- I like that the Pull-Ups my son wears are decorated with the Cars-theme. "Red car!" my son says whenever he sees Lightning McQueen.
All in all, I am so proud of my son for trying new things. I know that potty training is hard, but it seems that little by little the process is getting easier and more fun.
Find out below how you can win Pull-Ups Prizes that can help you make potty training fun too.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/pullups to learn more about Pull-Ups and be sure to check out the cute video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCS-fQU0Tcc as well.
Win A Pull-Ups Prize Pack!
- 1 soft potty seat
- 1 Jumbo pack of Pull-Ups in desired size and according to gender preference
- 1 pack of Pull-Ups Flushable moist wipes
- 1 pack of Celebration materials, including stickers, a potty progress chart, coloring paper, party hats and more
However, all opinions expressed are my own.