Potty Training Toddlers
We are about to embark on the potty training journey. I know I have been there four times before with my older children and have successfully navigated the path to successful toilet training, but I'm still full of trepidation! It's such a big step and is one of the stages of development that marks the end of babyhood.
We are all ready to go. We have even bought some Toy Story and Cars underwear from the Disney Store ready to entice Freddy out of the security of his nappies and into big boy pants. But I know the path to being dry is littered with accidents! I remember the numerous pairs of soggy knickers and trousers that we'd go through in a day!
There is now a new product on the market, Dry Like Me. It offers a helping hand during this often stressful time, providing peace of mind and another tool to assist parents through this stage.
Experts believe that the best way to train children is to keep them in their own underwear. Clearly, this can lead to accidents resulting in wet clothes and lots of extra laundry! The feeling of fear at leaving the house in case of accidents can put parents in a very difficult position, worrying about their children wetting themselves away from home. Children can get confused by the expectations on them when they are making the transition from nappy to pants. Because nappies and pull-ups are so good these days, children don't get that feeling of wetness and discomfort which can prompt them to toilet train, and switching between nappies and pants can delay the process.
The pads fit discreetly into underwear, so your child feels grown up but has added protection against accidents. The child feels wet for a short time, then the pad absorbs the liquid and feels heavy so they know they have been and make the connection they need to let them know when they need the toilet. They offer a degree of protection for clothing, car seats and pushchairs. Two can be used at once for extra protection.
In trials, using Dry Like Me reduced the number of daytime accidents by 43%. Less mess, less stress!
The Dry Like Me pads look disconcertingly like a strangely shaped Always Ultra...but once you get over that you realise that the design is perfect for the job. They are a funky green colour with a mesh like top sheet. A tab allows for hygienic removal. A waterproof pouch allows you to pop one in your handbag to use if needed. They are not just for potty training, older children who are prone to accidents can use them to boost confidence and give them peace of mind. This can often give them the encouragement they need to overcome their problem. Anything that can help overcome their embarrassment and give them some control is a real plus.
The Dry Like Me pads are available nationwide at Sainsbury's, Wilkinson's, Morisson's and Asda Living as well as online at ERIC's online shop. They are a unique product filling a gap in the market. They cost £3.49 for a pack of 18 with a waterproof pouch included.
I will be reporting on our potty training journey over the next few weeks and I'll let you know how the Dry Like Me Toilet Training Pads make our journey easier! Freddy will look fabulous in his Toy Story underpants and will be well on the road to being a big boy!