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The Power of Potty Training Routines

by Megan

One day into our potty training attempt with Harrison, his big brother Carter burst into our room to let us know that Harrison had used the potty!

Um…he what??

True story. After just an afternoon and a morning of practicing some potty routines, Harry had in fact taken off his Pull-Up and gone in his potty (#2, no less)! We totally missed it, and he went back to playing in the backyard (in the nude!) without informing us of his achievement.

Well of course I was thrilled and put him into a pair of undies right away…which he peed in. And then he peed in a second pair. So our potty training is clearly far from finished, but I was definitely struck with how a brief effort at practicing a routine had such a big effect.

Practicing potty training routines is the key to teaching little ones how to eventually do it all by themselves! Come check out our routine, and find out what happened after just ONE DAY of training!

Here’s what we did:

Potty Training Routine

  1. Ask him to say, “Mom I have to go potty.” This way he gets used to telling us he has to go.
  2. Walk with him to the potty, have him slide down his Pull-Up, and sit on the potty.
  3. Wait for a minute or two while reminding him to go in his potty (usually he just sat there, but that’s okay!).
  4. Have him stand up, slide up his Pull-Up, and “flush” his potty.
  5. Help him wash his hands.

He got a sticker for every successful step, which he loved. When he didn’t want to do his potty routine, all I’d have to say is “stickers!” and he’d be excited again!

Potty Training Routine with stickers

I’m confident that if we stick to this routine, it won’t be long before Harry is fully trained. And just in time for baby sister to come along! *sigh*

Along with stickers, Harry also gets excited about the characters on his Pull-Ups® Training Pants, like the Lightning McQueen Pull-Ups we just bought at Sam’s Club!

Pull-Ups at Sam's Club

The package even came with a little Cars backpack. Perfect for carrying around his favorite cars!

Cars backpack in Pull-Ups package

Along with the Pull-Ups, we also grabbed a package of Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths, a perfect combination for the sometimes messy business of potty training! These wipes are flushable, totally sewer- and septic-safe, and alcohol-free.

Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Wipes

Pull-Ups has teamed up with potty training experts to form the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership, to help take the guesswork out of potty training.

The Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership is a personalized, comprehensive program that is tailored to work with your child’s unique personality, on their schedule and according to how they learn. The key to success in potty training is working with your child’s personality, not against it.

Check out the video for more details:


This month, you can receive a $10 e-Gift Card when you purchase any two Pull-Ups® Training Pants and/or Cottonelle® Fresh Care® Flushable Cleansing Cloths at Sam’s Club! You’ll have everything you need for potty training, and you can use your gift card for a special reward for a job well done (for your little one AND you!).

Also, Sam’s Club is running a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a $500 Sam’s Club Gift card, just by sharing a family photo. Ooh, now I’m thinking of all the damage I could do with that gift card!

And if you’re not already a Sam’s Club member, summer is the perfect time to try it out! They have so many awesome outdoor toys and furniture right now, and you can get into a routine of bulk buying, which will help for back-to-school time! Become a member here.

Whether or not your summer includes the joys of potty training, be sure to get out and enjoy the weather and some free time with your family! Hope you’re having a great time!

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