Bathroom Routine Help from @TodaysParent {#Giveaway} #PGMom

Potty training can provide parents with a great deal of stress!

Questions that often get asked:
When is my child ready?
How long will it take?
What products are out there to help my child potty train?

My daughter trained herself before she turned two! One day, she just decided she was done with wearing diapers and we never turned back. Within a very short time, she was fully trained both night and day. It was a breeze and stress free.

My son, on the other hand, has had a much different experience and still isn’t trained at night at the age of 5. This is more common with boys and while I’m not worried, the extra loads of laundry every week is hard work!

Children are very visual little creatures! Together with Today’s Parent (my favourite parenting magazine), P&G has created a useful chart to help celebrate your child’s bathroom routine successes and to get them excited and feeling proud of themselves.


Simply post it in your bathroom and use a dry-erase marker so you can use the chart over and over each week. This helpful tool also comes with great tips and tricks to make the bathroom experience even easier.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you in the bathroom:

  1. Get kids in the habit of good brushing.
    Let them brush on their own first, then review to make sure no areas are missed! Find the right toothbrush for your little ones’ brushing stage. Oral-B Stages are made for their stage and make brushing fun with their favourite Bathroom Buddies characters by their side. For kids three and up, try Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney My Friends Tigger and Pooh Power Toothbrush or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. Power Toothbrush.
  2. Make sure your little ones know that an essential part of the bathroom routine is cleaning up when you’re done.
    Teaching them the right way to wipe is especially important for girls. For their precious skin, find a soft bath tissue, like Charmin Ultra Soft, and teach them how much to use.
  3. Setting a routine for potty training is an important step for success.
    Visit the bathroom together after all meals and liquids, and before and after sleeps and going out. When your little one is ready, they can start the potty training journey with friends Dora and Diego on their Pampers Easy Ups, designed for all day training.

For more bathroom routine tips visit


Are you a tech savvy mom?
With help from Charmin, Pampers and Oral-B, Canada’s favourite parenting magazine, has developed a new tool – Today’s Parent Milestone App. The app helps moms track their little one’s progress on a smart phone or tablet*!
In the app, an interactive “bathroom buddy” helps children learn their bathroom routines through fun games on potty training and brushing their teeth.
*Note the app is only compatible with Apple


Prize: P&G Bathroom Buddies prize pack valued at ARV $87
Pampers Easy Ups Boys 2T-3T – $24.99*
Pampers Easy Ups Girls 2T-3T – $24.99*
Pampers Sensitive Wipes – $4.99*
Charmin Ultra Soft – $9.99*
Today’s Parent with the Bathroom Buddies charts – $3.99*
Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney My Friends Tigger and Pooh Power Toothbrush – $8.99*
Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. Power Toothbrush – $8.99*
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.
Open to: Canadian Residents (must be age of majority in place of residence)
Giveaway Ends: March 24, 2014, 11:59pm EST

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

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105 Responses to Bathroom Routine Help from @TodaysParent {#Giveaway} #PGMom

  1. Amy Heffernan says:

    Never give up! All kids are not ready to do it at the same age. Encouragement and patience. 🙂

  2. This is a GREAT tip! VERY true.

  3. Journeysof TheZoo says:

    When they’re ready, they’re ready. Don’t fight with them. They won’t be in diapers forever (assuming nothing is wrong). I know that I was fortunate because I’m a SAHM so they didn’t HAVE to be out of diapers for daycare.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  4. kathy downey says:

    i always used potty time to tell funny stories,then they will enjoy going

  5. flowerchild23 says:

    A struggle we are having is them wiping and cleaning themselves properly

  6. Jennifer L. says:

    Realize that sometimes it takes longer than you expect – and that’s okay.

  7. Jennifer L. says:

    Eyeliner, concealer and lipstick.

  8. Monique Shuell says:

    Start training as soon as your child starts showing signs of being ready…even if it is just to get them familiar with the bathroom and its’ purpose.

  9. Lori Jackson says:

    We are at the point where he is potty trained at home but wont use public restrooms.

  10. Shari Goss says:

    It’s convincing him to actually go #2 on the potty.

  11. Judy Cowan says:

    Have patience!!! Don’t try and rush things, it will happen. Stickers as rewards help too!

  12. Nicolthe pickle says:

    My daughter just isn’t quite ready yet, and I would like her to be. She doesn’t get the concept of do it all at once.

  13. dewinner says:

    Foundation, mascara , blush

  14. Marianne says:

    My oldest was awful about it… I should have bought stock in spot shot. What ended up working for us was Halloween. If she went on the potty — she got something from her bag — if she missed… I got something from the bag. Win – Win!

  15. Tanis Sergeew says:

    Patience is the key!

  16. Darwin says:

    Our big struggle with potty training right now is trying to get our son to even sit on the potty. He’s refusing to sit or just sit very briefly on it.

  17. Wendy Hutton says:

    don;t push them into potty training they will let you know when they are ready, and be patient with them, don’t rush them to go potty-make it fun for them

  18. francine says:

    if you have pull ups for bedtime lock them up. we are struggling with keeping pull ups away from our oldest during the day. he is potty trained but will put on pull ups and use as a diaper if he finds where they are hidden.
    we are soon going to have to start potty training the youngest and im sure we will have different struggles with him lol,

  19. angela mitchell says:

    My son in only 1 so we are about to start teaching about going on the potty and stuff but I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. My daughter is just about 8 and there is such an age gap I’ve forgotten how we did it all:)

  20. angela mitchell says:

    mascara, lip balm, and homemade soap.

  21. karla says:

    potty training tip,,don`t force it,,they`ll know when they are ready,,reward them when they go also 🙂

  22. Dianne says:

    Start by having your child throw away their diapers into a garbage bag and putting underwear with their favorite character in the spot where the diapers were. Clap and cheer as they are doing it. Make sure they are showing signs of being ready first. Don’t bring the diapers back! Stick with it even though it may be difficult.

  23. Dianne says:

    I always start with a moisturizer with sunscreen, lipstick, and eye shadow.

  24. This does take some time, for sure!

  25. You’re absolutely right! When they are ready, they are ready.

  26. And girls are so different than boys! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any time 🙂

  27. What about letting him sit on the potty fully clothed to read a book? OR set a timer for 10 seconds and each time set it a bit longer.

  28. You’ve got that right!

  29. I wanted my son to be ready too and when I thought I saw the slightest interest, I went for it, but guess what? He wasn’t ready and he regressed 😉

  30. Yes! That sometimes take a bit more time, doesn’t it?!

  31. My daughter had a fear of public rest rooms b/c of a terrible experience with an automatic flusher, but then we learned a trick and she was fine. Is there something specific that he is afraid of?

  32. That is tough! From my experience (I know every one is different though), that is when you need to back off and not even mention it for a while.

  33. Dayna Corriveau Wilson says:

    We’ve JUST started toilet training. The biggest hurdle so far is that my son is really interested in the potty, so he asks to go “pee” a million times a day, but then when we get there and sit him on the potty, nothing actually comes out!

  34. That’s the start though!

  35. irish_iis says:

    lipstick eyeshadow and mascara

  36. Lyndsey says:

    BB Cream, Mascara and lip gloss

  37. Darwin says:

    We tried the timer technique and that didn’t work. We will try the fully clothed technique and give that a try. Will update you on our progress. Thanks for that tip.

  38. nikki robak says:

    bb cream, mascara, lip gloss

  39. Lori Jackson says:

    Im not sure what it is but I should of said..he will only go in his little potty. I have the potty seat that sits on our toilet and he wont sit there either. So Im afraid if I dont put a diaper on him when we go out he will wet his pants.

  40. Do keep me posted, for sure! I love helping people through their potty training adventures! You could also make it fun where you say it’s story time on the potty – no need to pull down your pants, just pick a book for Mommy or Daddy to read and sit on the potty – how silly!

  41. mommakoala says:

    Don’t force it. I found I had to wait until she was ready. Once she was…total success
    (Debbie W)

  42. mommakoala says:

    lip gloss, blush and concealer for under my eyes
    (Debbie W)

  43. Stephanie La Plante says:

    Get cool looking toilet seats. They’re inspired by fun and imagination.

  44. Stephanie La Plante says:

    My everyday routine is foundation, mascara & eyeliner.

  45. Andrea says:

    I totally agree with you. This is my #5 son, so been through this 4 times already and 3 of them were stubborn and reluctant to train. My #2 son trained himself when he was around 2, the others were all 4 and difficult. I mention it every once in a while, he’s reluctant, but he’s almost 4 so I’m hoping that he just decides to do to it soon like my #4 did. He was SO reluctant but then decided one day to use the potty and was trained in 2 days 🙂

  46. sarah stickney says:

    my biggest problem is my MIL thinks my son can start potty training and I dont. he cant even talk yet.

  47. sarah stickney says:

    mascara, foundation and powder

  48. ElaineB2 says:

    Lip gloss, blush stick and sometimes mascara.

  49. flowerchild23 says:

    Concealer , lip balm and mascara

  50. Jennifer Alger Morse says:

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! Oliver, who is 2.5, is starting to potty train. I use starting loosely. He has peed on the potty once, and loves to sit there, but usually nothing happens. He refuses to poop on the potty though. I”m pretty relaxed about it, and not stressed at all. when he’s ready it will happen. But I find others are more concerned about it than I am! They offer tips and advice and are sometimes shocked that he’s 2.5 and not potty trained yet! Boys take longer and every child is different. I love the chart though, it would be a great help.

  51. Tanya B says:

    BB Cream, Lig gloss and eyeliner

  52. karla says:


  53. Jody Doncaster says:

    Love the valentines ideas! Hope yours was great!

  54. billiondollarprincesss says:

    Love making any kind of sandwich

  55. Dawn Monroe says:

    My tip is to do potty training in the spring and summer months. Less clothes less accidents.

  56. stacey dempsey says:

    I would say foundation , eyeliner and mascara where my top 3 must haves

  57. That is one thing about parenting, it seems that everyone has an opinion, but we know as parents that the best thing to do is to filter all of that out and listen to our gut!

  58. Good luck! I hope you find it.

  59. Cheryl Poore says:

    My tip is to be patient! Reward the achievements

  60. fossie55 says:

    foundation, blush and lip gloss
    Florence C

  61. Emily C. says:

    eyeliner, mascara, and a face powder!

  62. francine says:

    it wont let me post the tweet by clicking on it so I had to copy paste. into twitter to tweet it.

  63. Donnas says:

    moisturizer, foundation, lipstick.

  64. I cheer her every time she did go on her potty and reward with stickers. Works really well.

  65. Teresa M says:

    Mascara, lipstick and I can’t go anywhere without moisturizer/sunscreen.

  66. Leah Lucas says:

    BB Cream, powder foundation, eyeliner and mascara

  67. Monique Shuell says:

    Concealer, mascara and blush.

  68. Darlene Schuller says:

    Everyone has to go first thing in the morning. I would make sure as soon as mine were awake I put them at the kitchen table with breakfast, on the potty. They’d go everytime. Then I’d try to put them on every 90 mins until the afternoon then would make it every 30.

  69. fossie55 says:

    Be patient with the little ones. They will go when ready.

  70. Erika E says:

    I use moisturizer, pressed powder and lip gloss daily.

  71. Julie Bolduc says:

    Dont stress so much it will happen when it happens

  72. Treen Goodwin says:

    I use Concealer , mascara and eye liner 🙂

  73. elaing8 says:

    I use foundation,lip stick and mascara

  74. Lori Bazan says:

    I always use foundation, blush and eyeliner!

  75. Jennifer P. says:

    Eye liner, mascara, bronzer.

  76. lelalacc says:

    moisturizer, concealer, powder

  77. Heidi C. says:

    My little guys are just starting to potty train. We aren’t pushing them, just asking them frequently if they want to go and keeping them in underwear during the day.

  78. Viv Sluys says:

    We have only one in diapers right now and are just starting to potty train. My first kid potty training was so stressful and seemed to take forever so with my second we took a way more relaxed approach and she was potty trained around the same age as her older sister was. We’re being relaxed but a little more pro-active with our third now.

  79. sarah sar says:

    Our first was a challenge to potty train…now with the 2nd, we realised that timing is everything. All kids are different! And lots of patience is required.

  80. SueSueper says:

    Be patient, the little ones will only train when they are ready, it is nothing that can be forced.

  81. Juliee Fitze says:

    just try to get her to go potty before nap and bed .

  82. Lindsay Cyr says:

    We used a sticker chart as a reward for my daughter when she was potty training, and it worked very well. My son will be starting to train soon, and I have a feeling he may not be as excited about a sticker chart, so I need all the help I can get 🙂

  83. lil_dreame says:

    wait for them to be ready. use a potty seat.

  84. Dawn - Addicted to Recipes says:

    My toddler is very ready, but just doesn’t want to use the potty. Little turkey!
    Thank you,

  85. Anna W says:

    We are struggling with night training over here.

  86. Mom 4 Two says:

    My daughter would throw an absolute FIT every time I put her on the toilet. So I had to wait a few months, give her a break, and try again. She needed to be ready at her own time.

  87. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux says:

    Always keep books close by for the #2 attempts. It gives them something to stay focused on while they go.

  88. ronkane says:

    set regular times

  89. Bev says:

    My tip is to not start any potty training session if you are not in a calm state of mind.

  90. Cheryl says:

    I need tips for my son because I have tried everything! My son is quite happy sitting in a wet/dirty diaper. Yuck.

  91. Wobbles says:

    I use lots of Stickers

  92. Jenny Major says:

    Be patient!

  93. UglyMummy says:

    my son has no interest in potty learning and it is very frustrating, and i feel judged by other parents/grandparents because he is well over the average potty learning time….

    • How old is your son? Feeling judged as a parent can happen so easily. You know your son and you know what is best. He is likely just no ready yet. It is SO hard to not feel social pressures, but try not to b/c children are so intuitive and they sense when you are stressed which could affect the whole process as well.

  94. Christy Martin says:

    Just reading, singing and keeping company. Whatever keeps them on the toilet!

  95. Erin says:

    Follow your childs lead, and don’t push if they’re not ready!

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