Navigating the Potty-Training Process

When your little one is ready to enter the big kid world of potty-training it can be an exciting yet difficult process. Every child is unique and every potty-training experience will be different – we know from first-hand experience! However, there are a few tried and true steps you can take to make it smooth sailing for you and your child, and to ensure that accidents don’t get in the way of this exciting step in growing up.

Here are a few easy to remember tips from Samantha Allen, early childhood education specialist and owner of NYC Potty-Training.*

  1. Keep it positive. Reward your child’s successes and avoid getting upset or frustrated when they do have an accident.
  2. Keep track of what time they use the bathroom. This will help you determine their bathroom patterns and give you a better sense of when they’re going to need to go again.
  3. Go cold turkey to underwear. It’s scary but give it a shot! Commit to no diapers or pull-ups when you begin the potty-training process, at least during the day.

Potty-training accidents are bound to happen but stains and odors don’t need to stick around. Try these helpful hints to conquer the mess:

Bed-wetting: If your kiddo routinely has accidents during the night, consider investing in a plastic mattress protector. It protects from urine damage and is easy to clean. To save an already soiled mattress, deep clean it ASAP to stop stains and odors from setting in. Saturate the mattress with a half to a full bottle of enzymatic cleaner and let air dry. At this point, you can flip it over so your child can sleep on the dry side. This is especially helpful for middle of the night accidents when you want to get them back in their own bed.

Wood floor: Wood floors are highly absorbent so your best bet to fighting urine stains is to clean them up right away! Choose a mild, water-based product in order to avoid ruining the finish on your hardwood. Saturate the spot and let it sit for about a half hour, then wipe away the excess product with a clean rag. Be sure not to over saturate! This can cause the wood to warp and expand.

Clothing: When you’re potty-training, clothes are likely to be the first victims of accidents. Never fear! A good laundry routine can refresh clothing and remove any trace of stains and odors. First, make sure you’re separating clothes properly. Soiled garments with urine stains shouldn’t get washed with the rest of your laundry. Next, pretreat with an enzymatic stain remover. The enzymes will break down organic stains formed by urine, helping to completely remove them. Blot away as much of the stain as you can, saturate the fabric and let it sit for 5 minutes. After that, wash as normal!

Potty-training can get messy at times but a good enzymatic cleaner (like our Instant All-Purpose Stain & Odor Remover) and a lot of patience can keep it under control!