My oldest daughter was really difficult to potty train. She had absolutely no interest in using the toilet, and it was a struggle to even get her to sit on there in the hopes that she would actually go. I remember one morning when she was dry when she woke up so I tried to sit her on the toilet, thinking we could get her to pee in the toilet for sure. She fought me so bad though, and I just walked away. About five minutes later, she told me that she wanted to sit on the toilet and I was so excited. That is, until I discovered that she had peed in her diaper in that five-minute period of time, so she no longer cared about sitting on the toilet since she no longer had to pee. I thought that she would never be potty trained, until one day when it finally clicked for her and there was no going back to diapers.
I thought that it would be a breeze to potty train my youngest daughter. She wants to do everything just like her big sister, and I hoped that would extend to using the toilet instead of diapers. My husband is off work now for the summer, so we thought that would give them plenty of time and opportunities for potty training. However, we are facing the same problems with her as with my oldest – she refuses to sit on the toilet and will not even tell us when she needs changed. We really needed a new way to approach potty training, and I think we have found it with BottomZzUp, a great new potty training system.
We received a BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit, which came with three pairs of potty training underwear, six disposable inserts, a machine washable and reusable travel bag, and a complete reward system with a reward chart, stickers, and a graduation certificate. The disposable inserts fit into the underwear and allow children to feel the discomfort of when they pee in their pants. However, they also help to trap the pee in to prevent messy leaks and make it easy to clean up.
The items in the BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit really seemed to help my daughter grasp the concept of potty training. I said that one of the problems we had with her is that she would not tell us when she needed changed. However, with the BottomZz up underwear and inserts, she could feel when she was wet and did not hesitate to tell us due to how uncomfortable she was. I think one of the biggest negatives of using training underwear is the inevitable clean up (which may include having to change and rinse out clothing, wiping up puddles, or cleaning furniture), but the inserts help to make clean up easy – just dispose of it and put on a new pair of underwear/insert. Plus, it helps her get used to wearing underwear, rather than keeping her in diapers or disposable training pants that feel like diapers.
My daughter (and I) also really liked the reward chart and stickers. We tried to use a reward chart with my oldest daughter, and it did not really work well for her (she did not care about getting a reward for something she did not want to do). However, it seems to be a good idea for my youngest daughter. We put a sticker on the big reward chart when she wakes up dry in the morning and sits on the toilet right away. We also have a smaller chart and stickers to use when she sits on the toilet throughout the day. We bought a few small “prizes” for her when she reaches certain milestones (like acquiring so many stickers or actually going in the toilet). So far, the possibility of a reward has led her to actually want to sit on the toilet, which I see as an important step in getting her comfortable on the toilet and leading to her using it.
I know that every child is different, and therefore, the approach to potty training will not be the same from child to child. However, if you are finding that you are having some difficulty with the potty training process, or want to try something new, I would definitely recommend BottomZz Up. The BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit, with everything you need to get started on potty training, sells for $97.45. You can buy additional disposable inserts for $17.45 (for a ten-pack), or additional underwear for $47.45 (for a three-pack). And here is a fun fact – June is National Potty Training Awareness Month, so it is the perfect time to get your little one excited about potty training!