Potty Training {Take Six}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 9, 2010

Today is Day 3 of potty training Noah, and I have to say it’s going very well. I’m thinking it helps that his older brothers and sister remind him that he needs to use the potty like a big boy, rather than going in his pants. Most of all, though, I know he was more than ready to shed the diaper.

Even though I have been through this training process five times before – four, really, since Ben trained himself – I still dreaded it this go ’round. All of my boys were close to three when I began, so they all picked it up pretty quickly, especially with our potty training system.

I’d like to share some items we’ve had handy with each potty training experience ::

pirate pottyBooks — Books that provide helpful, step-by-step stories that introduce girls & boys to the concept of toilet training are incredibly helpful. There are a couple of books by Samantha Berger that we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy. Pirate Potty is a pirate-themed, toilet-training book that is fit for the little swashbuckler in your life. This book includes a pirate’s hat and reward stickers, while Princess Potty follows the same theme, but is fit for the Royal Highness in your life, complete with a tiara and reward stickers!

A Potty Chair — For the first little while, it can be intimidating for your little one to sit on a great big, adult-sized toilet. I can only imagine the sense of feeling like I could fall in! There are many different types of potty chairs, from simple to deluxe, but we have found that we really only need a basic chair with a removable “bowl” to easily rinse out between bathroom breaks.

Rewards & Incentives — While stickers work as rewards for some children, others need a bit more incentive to sit on the potty and avoid going in their pants. I let each of my children choose their own reward. Some of our favorite incentives have included licorice nibs and M&M’s.

Flushable Wet Wipes — Toilet paper can be rough on a tiny tush. Using wet wipes will help prevent rashes and also ensure a clean little booty.

Pull-Ups — I firmly believe that, once you toss out the diapers to begin potty training, you should steer clear of any type of covering that keeps the little tush dry. An accident is more apparent when wearing undies and we want our little trainee to know that s/he has had an accident. That said, we do use Pull-Ups at night, just until we can have dry nights.

Enter to win some potty training essentials right here at From Dates to Diapers!


pullups logoA Potty Training Kit from Pull-Ups — This kit includes a $50 AMEX gift card (so you can stock up on new Pull-Ups – while supplies last – and everything else you need to get started), a Big Kid Central Potty Training Success DVD (with techniques, tips, songs and games to help you and your child succeed), two coupons for FREE Pull-Ups, and two Disney DVD’s – Toy Story 2 and The Princess & The Frog.

A Potty Prize Pack — This prize pack includes a Boon Potty Bench and copies of both Princess Potty & Pirate Potty.

Princess Potty & Pirate Potty — Two winners will also receive a copy of each book.

There are two ways to enter::

  • Leave me a comment with your answer to the following question – What are some of YOUR potty training essentials?
  • Tweet the following message – I just entered the Toy Story 3 @PullUpsBigKid #pottytraining kit giveaway. http://bit.ly/aisH4W Thanks @youngmommy! – and leave me a separate comment.

Four winners will be chosen at random, at 9pm on June 29th, and notified by email.

Pull-Ups® training pants provided me with product coupons to try out the new Learning Designs Pull-Ups® with Toy Story 3/Princess and the Frog characters. I have also received Princess Potty and Pirate Potty to review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups® products or the Potty books.

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Inside the Diaper

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 18, 2008

We’re a big fan of Huggies around here… Huggies have seen us through four babies and is currently protecting 2 more (as well as our carpets). We’re hoping to graduate Ben to Pull-Ups here in the next few weeks, as we prepare him for the big step of being potty trained. I’ve always believed that once you start the training you should never go back to diapers, except for maybe at night, so it’s taking me a while to gear up for this one!

Have you seen the Huggies “Inside the Diaper” commercial? It’s pretty funny… Having had 5 baby boys, I can totally relate. If you haven’t seen it, you really should take a look. You may get a good laugh, especially if you don’t have any boys of your own!

Huggies is giving 10 Jumbo packs of diapers to my From Dates to Diapers readers! That means 5 of you will win two packs each!

Here’s how to enter:

  • View the “Inside the Diaper” video clip above, then leave me a comment on this post, before 9pm (pacific) on October 10th, with what you thought of it.
  • For an extra entry in the random drawing, feel free to subscribe to my blog feed , but you must remain a subscriber at least through the duration of this contest. Make sure you leave me a separate comment saying you subscribed.
  • 5 lucky commenters, each chosen at random, will win two coupons that are each good for a Jumbo pack of Huggies diapers. The winners will be notified via email, so make sure you leave a valid email address in your comment.

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be notified soon.


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