Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We're Potty Training.... Round 2

Ahh, potty training... I've tried this song and dance with Bella before. Actually, maybe a little more than a year ago we bought her a potty. But here we are a year later, three potty's/potty seats later, still in Pull-Ups Training Pants. Ugh. So what's a mom to do? I've read all the Potty Training tips and tricks (and games) anyone has ever posted, and none seems to really work with us. I had really hoped that this time around it would be easier. I always heard it was way easier to potty train a girl. Yet, some of those people who said that only ever had girls. So how exactly would they know? My son took forever to potty train (he was like 4 years and 3 months before he was potty trained), so I had hoped that Bella would be easier.

Here's our Potty Training arsenal. She has another potty seat in the upstairs bathroom, and a potty seat for the big potty downstairs (this potty pictured has a lid so it doubles as a footstool).

She's "reading" the package to me
Well, Pull-Ups® has teamed up with the renowned child psychologist, who also happens to be a potty training expert, Dr. Heather Wittenberg to create a method that takes the guesswork out of potty training. As a mom, we know there is always some uncertainty when it comes to potty training. What will work? What won't work? We know kids are like snowflakes, each unique and special to his or her own way. Based on research and observation of personality types in young children, Pull-Ups®  has developed five potty training personalities: the Puppy, the Owl, the Bear Cub, the Turtle and the Squirrel. They offer a quiz to determine what personality your kid resembles. If you know your child's potty training personality then they can help you find customized advice and tips to take you through the potty training journey. And if you didn't know, Pull-Ups has pants for boys and girls! But, my Bella wants the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pull-Ups, but they say they're specifically for boys.... I don't want to get them for her and then not have it work properly for her because they weren't made for a girls anatomy... Work on that, Huggies!

I took the quiz, and Bella is a bear cub, with a little squirrel. 

This is totally Bella. It seems at times she doesn't want to be changed. I'll ask her if she needs a new Pull-Up (because I can see its full or I can smell it) and she'll casually say "no". I'm like, umm, okay? So this has been interesting. It has shown me all kinds of things I can try. Some that I have (sticker charts) and some that I hadn't (silly potty stories that we make up!). It also provided some insight as to when kids like her typically potty train. That age is between 3 to 3 1/2, we're on the latter of that, but close enough!

And just in case you wanted more, they have some fun potty training games and activities you can use with your child. Check them out by clicking >>here<<.

Are you starting to potty training your kid? You can save $2 on Pull-Ups at Dollar General (and even find a coupon for wipes) by going to the Dollar General Digital Coupon website, or texting to join. They offer digital coupons for use in store. Other stores have done this, and they are perfect if you don't get a weekly paper, but still want to take advantage of manufacturer coupons (because that's what these are)!

I've created an account and signed up. It's super easy. Then you can browse the available coupons and go shopping. Just like that. 
(note: you cannot use digital manufacturer coupons with paper/printable manufacturer coupons. In most stores you can use a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon. If you are unsure if you can use a certain combo of coupons, you should call the store or ask ahead of time.)

Here are the steps to getting those Dollar General Digital Coupons:
1. Sign up here or Text JOIN to 34898 to begin saving today!
2. Create account and load which coupons you would like to use
3. Visit your local Dollar General to redeem coupons at checkout. Look to their store locator to find your nearest Dollar General!

So tell me, are you potty training a little one? How's it going? Take the quiz and tell me what your kiddo's personality is! And, have you tried using Dollar General Digital Coupons? 
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