MotherhoodPotty Training

Ready, Set… Potty!

A few weeks ago I for an email from Latina Mom Bloggers. It was inviting mom bloggers to participate in Huggies’ Pull-Ups Every Flush campaign. If you’ve seen my latest random thoughts you know that I’m scared of potty training…. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to jump start the inevitable get motivated to start. So I signed up for a chance to participate, thinking (maybe slightly hoping) that my name wouldn’t be picked… Well guess what? The time has come. My name was chosen. Thanks to Huggies and the Madrinas del Baño Campaign I’m off to becoming an expert* potty training mom. (I hope.)

Enzo certainly seems ready (that’s probably all that time he spends watching me on the potty!) Still, I can’t help but feeling a bit apprehensive. I guess part of it is definitely the poop part. (I’ve decided in order to minimize the potty poop cleaning I’m going to try poop in the toilet, no kid potty)

 Enzo also known as @BabyenzoG in the social media world, enjoys checking out the bathroom.

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Enzo expresses interest in the actual toilet. He is curious about the flushing mechanism too, and, as previously mentioned, he enjoys interrupting us in the bathroom.

The other part is the “my kid is getting older” part. I mean, he’s a walking, running, talking little human. He’s almost two- no more referring to him in “months” he’s turning two, then 3… Before you know it, he will be in kindergarten. (Hopefully potty trained before then! Haha!)

Finally, there’s another part- the “I haven’t read up on this and I don’t know what the heck to do” part. I am one of those first time mothers who receives not one, but 3 or 4 weekly “Your Toddler” emails from various different websites, with a lot of info on my toddler’s development, milestones, etc., etc. So I don’t know if I had dropped the ball on potty training, but in any case, I hadn’t read up on it. But I have discovered, that there’s AN APP for that! =) I can’t believe there’s an APP for potty training! (downloading as I type.) Some of the great features of Huggies’ Big Kids app are:

  • Potty timer – This is a great way to help busy parents remember, and gets kids motivated! (Anything that involves a phone, my kid will be happy with!)
  • Character calls – Mickey or Minnie can call your toddler for motivation! Enzo will love this because he is currently obsessed with Mickey!
  • Available in English, Spanish and French: This is especially cool because this will allow us to keep our language goals with our son. His Papa (daddy) will upload the app in French, and on my phone, the app is in Spanish.

In addition to the Big Kids App, Huggies has a great line of Pull-Ups with cool different features (I tell ya— this stuff didn’t exist when I was babysitting!) First, Cool Alerts that get colder to alert children that they are wet, Learning designs with children’s favorite characters (such as Minnie, Mickey and Cars) that fade when they are wet (this allows kids to see the difference between wet and dry!) and night-time training pants as well.

Huggies has a website with loads of helpful information where you can customize the process for a boy or a girl, and what stage of potty training you are in. There are articles that address every parent’s concern about this special process. This is especially helpful to me, as I realized that I don’t know how to “teach”my son how to pee standing up!  With mostly everything, you can teach your kids by showing them how to do things… How to eat, drink from a cup, etc. And they learn by mimicking you, in this case, I can’t model it for him, so I am really happy that I can tailor the website to find the information I need.

I am still discovering what’s on the Huggies website, and i am preparing myself and my home for the start of our potty training journey. As with many moments in motherhood and parenting, I am happy that I can use social media to discover what has worked for other parents, to cry over bumps in the road and to celebrate successes, and to hear what has worked for other moms and dads. When I was breastfeeding I had a huge support system, and this helped my success, so I am excited to be able to share this experience with other parents online.

If you’re preparing to enter this journey, I invite you to check out the Big Kids App available on Iphone and Android, and can check out Pull-Ups on Facebook too! If you’ve already successfully potty-trained your child, or are doing so now, I invite you to share your experiences below, tweet me at @dianalimongi, or share your experiences on my Facebook page!

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pull Ups.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Diana Limongi
welcome! I'm a Latina working mom from Astoria, NY, mom to a trilingual four-year old. I blog about motherhood, Latino issues, women's issues, work/life balance, food, parenting and raising my multilingual and multicultural son!

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