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How to Dress Your Toddler for Potty Training Success

Potty Training

Once your little one starts showing interest in the potty, and you decide that you are ready to take on potty training, there are plenty of tips and ideas to help you get started. But, one thing that some parents might not realize is the importance of how they dress their child during the potty training process.

We’ve all heard the saying “dress for success” in reference to how people dress in the workplace or for interviews, meetings, dates, etc. The same can also apply to how we dress our cute little toddlers as we embark on the exciting journey of potty training. There are so many adorable children’s outfits on the market, but some are not the best choice when potty training. In fact, some might make it darn near impossible. But rest assured, there are clothing choices that are sure to make potty training easier.

Practice Makes Perfect

As with any new thing in life, we may need a little practice to get the hang of things. So it is with potty training. Toddlers are used to having some help getting dressed and undressed, so it’s a good idea to help them practice pulling down clothes for potty time and pulling their clothes back up after they are finished. Toddlers may be more willing to use the potty if they are confident about the necessary undressing and dressing that goes along with using the potty.

Say Goodbye To Onesies

While onesies are a staple in most infant wardrobes, once it’s time for potty training, it’s time to put the onesies on the shelf. Onesies can be a nightmare while trying to potty train. They are usually too complicated for toddlers to take off by themselves, and it may take too long for mom or dad to get them undone when it’s potty time.

If you have a lot of onesies on hand, you may consider cutting the snaps off of the onesies and repurposing them into t-shirts. Or, you could find some cute new two-piece toddler girl or boy outfits. There are plenty of attractive clothing options that don’t have snaps or fasteners, making potty training more difficult.

Too Tight

Many little girls have multiple pairs of tights in their dresser, and understandably so since tights are warm and look cute under dresses and skirts. But, tights can be too difficult for your little girl to get down, and she may struggle to get them off in time to go potty. Instead, consider getting your daughter some leggings. Leggings aren’t as clingy as tights, they are more durable, and they are easier to pull on and off while still keeping those little legs warm.

Easier The Better

When potty training, it is essential to find clothing for your toddler that is easy to take up or down. Pants with a decent amount of stretch/elastic at the waist make it so much easier for little ones to pull up or down when they need to go to the bathroom. Buttons, snaps, and zippers can often take too long for little hands to maneuver when it’s potty time. Elastic waistbands save time and frustration.

Remember those baby girl dresses that you used to put your daughter in for pictures and other special occasions? Well, potty training is a perfect time to reintroduce dresses into her wardrobe. Little girls often love wearing dresses, and what little girl doesn’t look adorable in a dress? Dresses can make things so much easier when potty training because they give your little girl one less layer to worry about. But, even in winter, dresses can be a great option; pair them with some cute leggings that are easily pulled up or down.

A Whole Lot of Nothing

During the potty training process, it’s best for little ones to wear as little clothing as possible, giving them one less thing to think about when they need to go. Many parents opt to let their child go commando- which means skipping the underwear under their pajamas or pants. This can help your child be successful as they have one less layer to worry about. You may also decide just to let your child go completely naked, or at least naked from the waist down when they are at home. This can help get the job of potty training done more quickly, as they have nothing to worry about beyond hurrying to the potty and sitting down.

Sweet Dreams

A good night’s sleep usually means a happy morning. Don’t let hard-to-take-off pajamas and a frustrated child hinder that. Using the bathroom as soon as they wake up is an important step in potty training.

So while potty training, it may be best to set the footie pajamas aside and opt for two-piece pajamas instead. This will make for less frustration in the morning as your child uses the potty for the first time of the day. This will also help if your child needs to use the bathroom during the night as well. It can be pretty frustrating for both the parents and the child to have to deal with buttons and zippers as they are half asleep and fumbling to get to the bathroom as quickly as possible. Two-piece pajamas make this scenario easier.

Like with dresses, a nightgown for your little girl is also a good option while potty training, as it makes one less layer that she has to deal with when going potty at night or first thing in the morning; as long as she is able to gather up and hold her nightgown while going potty.

Whether you have a boy or a girl, your toddler will be more likely to take to potty training if they’re wearing clothing that is easy to take on and off. As you experiment with different layering tricks and techniques, you will get a sense of what works for your child. Even though some styles may need to be put away for a while, there are still plenty of cute and functional outfits that will help make potty training a little easier for you and your little one.

Damon Burton

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