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Alyson Hannigan’s Potty Training Tips

Monday, February 27th, 2012

We’re gonna go ahead and guess that potty training isn’t your favorite part of parenthood. But it’s a task that every parent and child has to get through, so why not make it fun? This past weekend, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan partnered with Pull-Ups to host a Potty Dance Party, introducing a new way to train. “Potty training is a big deal, so why not kick it off with a celebration?” says Hannigan. “The potty dance turns a daunting task into a fun, exciting experience.”  (See video clips of Hannigan’s Potty Dance Party here.)


How do you know if your tot is ready to start? If she shows an interest in the bathroom, tells you when she has to go, or asks to be changed, she’s giving you the hint. When that happens, kick off the training journey with a Potty Dance Party. “When my daughter was interested, I would sit her on the potty, and if she went it was a huge deal,” says Hannigan. “It wasn’t until I picked a day and committed to it, and began asking her every 20 minutes if she needed to go, that it actually worked.” That’s not to say she hasn’t had any hiccups (Hannigan notes a couple public-restroom-automatic-flush incidents that scared her daughter, Satyana), but the combination of keeping it fun and offering an organic-gummy-vitamin reward for going potty in public has helped them both get through training.


Visit to learn the potty dance steps and song and to start planning your own Potty Dance Party.

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These Things Are Almost Not In My Life Anymore

Monday, July 12th, 2010

See that pair of Disney Princess—adorned training pants? I think we might have ordered our last pack. I may very well be jinxing things, but we just had four dry nights in a row in our house, and I’m pretty pumped. My daughter Julia will be 5 next month, and she’s been potty-trained during the day for almost two and a half years. Nighttime has been a completely different story. The child must sleep like a rock, because her diapers are routinely drenched. It got to the point where I was doubling up on them at night. My pediatrician said a 4-year-old who’s not fully trained is normal and nothing to worry about, so I haven’t given this a whole lot of thought. But when the topic came up among a group of moms in Julia’s pre-K class and I learned that nearly every child had moved on to underwear at night, it made me wonder how much longer it would be for my daughter. After three nights of dry training pants, last night we decided to up the ante and live on the edge with undies. I can’t think of a better reason to wake up at 5:20 a.m. than because you hear your child making her way to the bathroom on her own, and heading back into bed!

I’d like to poll you all, too: When was your child trained through the night? And so that I manage my expectations correctly, will you tell me how often you have setbacks?

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