Potty training can be a very frustrating and stressful situation. It seems as though my older daughter trained herself, it was just that easy. My now 2 1/2 year old not so much. I’m not sure if it’s because we tend to baby her more knowing she is our last or if she just wasn’t fully ready. She started off working with her right before her second birthday. The cost of diapers alone was motivation to get the job done. Besides, who wants to change a stinky poop filled diaper? Not me!
Well we were doing great for about 5 months fully potty trained and without any accidents. A few weeks ago that all changed. She started having a few accidents here and there. I figured that was normal, but took her to the doctor just to be sure everything was ok. I would hate to be correcting her if something was medically wrong. Thankfully she is fine. Just lazy… With the warmer weather and the fun in the sun she seems to be forgetting to go until she can’t hold it any more. Time to get creative!
Recently I was introduced to Cottonelle Your Bathroom Routine: Let’s Talk It Out and I was quite impressed how excited it was getting grown-ups to talk about using the bathroom. If it can get us big people talking about our poo it surely must work for kids also, right?
I decided to find out. I went down to my local CVS (to score the best deal of course) and bought Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper. Who doesn’t want matching toilet paper?
We’ve done the books, the music and bubbles. Now it was time to shake things up. Kids love wipes. Not sure what it is about them, but they are total kid magnets. I put both Cottonelle products in front of her and explained what they are for. She is super smart for her age so she knows what her job in the bathroom is. She just doesn’t have the time. Who does? Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just forget to use the bathroom because our day is filled with too much fun? Anyway, I explained that these were products just for her. Nobody else could use them because they are special. She totally loved the idea. Thankfully!
How much fun is it for kids and adults to have wet wipes for poo and a soft dry wipe when you pee? Genius! It’s been a few days and knock on wood my evil plan has totally worked. She is so excited to use her special potty routine that I find myself spending more time in the bathroom than I care to admit. But I owe a HUGE thank you to Cottonelle for having such an affordable alternative to some of the other potty training wipes that are on the market.
So tell me, What is your bathroom routine?
Disclosure- I participated in a campaign on behalf of Linqia and Cottonelle. I received a promotional item and small compensation as a thank you for participating. Opinions are 100% my own.
Debbie Jean McMullen saysJune 8, 2014 at 7:35 am
Thanks for these great tips! I am having trouble potty training my toddler now since having our new baby! I never thought about trying wipes, but I definitely will!
Jon saysJune 13, 2014 at 8:35 am
Our toddler is almost 3 and has absolutely zero interest in the potty. She doesn’t want to go near it. It is incredibly frustrating but there’s seemingly nothing we can do to convince her to go!
Holli saysJune 13, 2014 at 9:26 am
We used the fresh wipes with our daughter during potty training, too, and found that they were a better transition from being in CD to eliminating on the potty. 🙂
Jessica Peeling saysJune 13, 2014 at 9:32 am
These are great tips which I will pass onto my friend who will need them soon! 🙂
Paula Parker saysJune 13, 2014 at 9:44 am
Best spokes-model I have ever seen and definitely best smile. I have heard great things about Cottenelle!
Tiffany Hathorn saysJune 13, 2014 at 9:57 am
Potty training my son was definitely NOT an easy feat. We had a lot of setbacks. However, the thing that finally did the trick was stickers and a sticker chart. After 30 stickers placed on the chart, he was potty trained. He still has some accidents if he is overly excited, but those are extremely rare. Now if I could get him to wipe himself (properly), that would be awesome. 🙂
Meredith Elizabeth saysJune 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm
Oh my goodness. Your daughter is so cute. Nice and discreet pictures for this post. I hope that advertising campaign gave you a sizable kickback. Wishing you the best~
Jen saysJune 14, 2014 at 1:52 am
What a great idea for potty training because it is SO true – kids love wipes! Thanks for sharing!
Danielle saysJune 14, 2014 at 2:17 am
Those are some great tips I will have to share them with my friends that have kids potty training age. I am so happy to be past that point. I think potty training made me never want to have another child it was a nightmare. We spent many nights in the ER because my son started just holding it.
Nina saysJune 21, 2014 at 1:33 am
Oh my goodness! my 3 year old holds it in for days. When he had just turned 2 he had gone about 4 times and then became terrified of the idea. He goes number one by himself on the potty except for public bathrooms, he hates the flush and hand dryer. He gets really constipated at times and I think that is the main reason why he holds it in. I have him on medication now but the constipation has really traumatized him, his Dr. told me not to rush him since he has this fear but that was about 7 months ago and he still doesn’t want to poo in the potty.
Missi saysJune 24, 2014 at 6:26 am
Yes!! That sounds just like my toddler. She wants to hide in the corner to do her business and we aren’t allowed to look at her or she will freak. She has started getting a little better about telling me. Hang in there!! It WILL get better 🙂