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Learn wet from dry

Learning the difference between wet and dry is a big step in your toddler's potty training journey. These tips and tools will help you support them in making this important leap.

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Your little one has lots to take in while potty training, most important of which is learning the difference between being wet and being dry.

This is also possibly one of the trickiest bits to master, but fortunately there is plenty of expert advice to support you both, as well as some helpful tools and games.

Teach your toddler the difference between wet and dry by explaining to them when they had a wee and changing them into dry Huggies® Pull-Ups® straight away to show them that being dry is best.

Accidents are a valuable way of helping your child properly understand what they are trying to achieve. That’s why it’s vital that you manage these accidents with patience and reassurance.

Read more on how Huggies® Pull-Ups® can help your toddler learn wet from dry in our article below.

Heather Wittenberg

Child Psychologist and Mum of
four Dr. Heather Wittenberg

4 LEARNING LINER

Learning Liner

Huggies® Pull-Ups® Daytime feature a unique learning liner which briefly mimics the feeling of real wet underwear without the mess. That way little ones learn the difference between wet and dry and can ultimately learn to stay dry on their own.

Teach your toddler the difference between wet and dry by explaining to them when they have had a wee and changing them into dry Huggies® Pull-Ups® straight away to show them that being dry is best.

Accidents are a valuable way of helping your child properly understand what they are trying to achieve. That’s why it’s vital that you manage these accidents with patience and reassurance.

Read more on how Huggies® Pull-Ups® can help your toddler learn wet from dry in our article below.

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Everything you need to know to get through Step 4

Potty Training A Stubborn Child

Potty training a stubborn child

Nobody ever said potty training was easy, and if your little one is stubborn it can be a real challenge – for you and your child. Don't panic! Potty training requires patience and time and together you'll get there.

Create routine & ownership

Start your potty training journey with a special trip to the shops, picking up everything you'll need to make the journey smoother, such as a potty and Huggies® Pull-Ups®. By doing this with your little one you're involving them every step of the way and helping to give them ownership of their potty training progress.

Specifically designed to help make potty training easier, Huggies® Pull-Ups® feature a Learning Liner that allows toddlers to feel wetness for a few moments, before quickly drawing the moisture away. That way little ones learn to feel the difference between wet and dry and can ultimately learn to stay dry on their own.

Training consistency is key

So now you have everything you need to get started! Consistency is key with potty training, so establish a routine. Start everyday by sitting your child on the potty at the same time, and keep them busy. Perhaps read a favourite book together or sing a song you both like. When they've finished make sure your little one washes their hands with a fun soap and dries their hands with a special towel that only they use, which helps build that sense of ownership.

Reward & motivate your child

Keep little ones motivated with a reward system such as a star chart or treats in a jar. If they are resisting, have a break and start again when they're ready. Work together and let all the family know so they can join in the praise too.

The most important thing to remember is that every child is different so never compare. Get your little one involved as much as possible and you'll get there in the end.

Learning Wet From Dry

Learning wet from dry

Huggies® Pull-Ups® have a Learning Liner that’s a helpful tool. It’s designed to give toddlers a brief sensation of being wet, before the wee is fully and quickly absorbed. Unlike when they are wearing nappies, this gives potty trainers the chance to recognise that they’ve had a wee while still offering protection, so they can start to associate the sensations leading up to a wee with the need to head to the potty. The Huggies® Pull-Ups® Wetness Indicator also help; these are moisture sensitive graphics that fade on contact with wee, giving kids a visual sign that their Pull-Ups® are wet.

Mums, talk about how to connect “inside body feelings” like needing to wee or poo, with the after-effect of what is happening to the Huggies® Pull-Ups®. Is it feeling wet? Is the picture going away? This process of awareness is key in helping your little one become more aware of body functions. Always change your child into a dry Pull-Ups® straight away to reinforce that being dry is best.

Language To Use When Accidents Happen

Language to use when accidents happen

There are bound to be accidents during potty training — in fact, it’s almost silly to think of them as accidents. It’s all part of the process. Still, it can be messy and frustrating. Instead of scolding your little learner, you want to stay positive and encouraging. Here are some helpful scripts you can use to help keep your child motivated:

  • “Oh, you’re wet. Let’s get you into some dry clothes. Next time, I’ll remind you and we can try to go together.”
  • “I notice you’re pooing in your Huggies® Pull-Ups®. Let me know when you’re done and we’ll clean you up. Then I can show you how I put the poo in the toilet and we’ll flush it away.”
  • “Let’s keep trying to learn to use the potty like a Big Kid. One day, you’ll be ready.”
  • “It looks like your sheets are wet. I think your body is telling us it’s not quite ready to be dry when you’re asleep. Let’s use Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time pants when you sleep so your bed will be clean and dry when you wake up. Your body will grow into being dry at night one day soon.”
When You Out And About

When you are out and about

Toddlers get easily distracted in new settings, and can forget to listen to their bodies. This makes it difficult to find the potty on time. Some children simply don’t like using an unfamiliar toilet. This is all part of the learning process, as it takes time for little ones to learn how to manage their toilet visits in new places. Using Huggies® Pull-Ups® will help avoid embarrassing accidents in the early days of potty training. Also, be sure to pack a set of spare clothing and extra Huggies® Pull-Ups® just in case. Soon, your toddler will be using the loo when you’re out and about like a pro!

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