Get ready! Sunday (June 1st) marks the beginning of Potty Training Awareness Month! In hnoor of this special month Melissa Joan Hart has teamed up with Pull-Ups training pants to keep an online diary of her experiences potty training her eldest son Mason, 2.
“I’ve been watching DVDs … and meeting with experts and trying to figure out the potty training, but it really is different for every single kid,” Melissa told People magazine at The Playroom’s First Anniversary benefiting the organization Friends of the Family on Wednesday in L.A. “You have to take what works for you and leave the rest behind.”
“When Mason first showed signs that he was ready to use the potty, my husband and I were really excited and – more than anything – proud,” Melissa, who’s married to musician Mark Wilkerson, said in a statement. “Potty training is one of the first times I’ll be able to act as a teacher to my son, and that adds a little pressure.”
Also adding pressure, she revealed to People magazine, is Mason’s need for post-potty celebration. “Normally if you do a high five with a kid, that should be enough of ‘hey, you went on the potty! High five!’ but Mason likes lots of celebration, it has to be all about him, so that’s his thing,” she said. “What works as a reward? Sticker, stamps, candy … We use Hot Wheels cars, but Hot Wheels only worked for a week and then we had to go back to candy and now we’re at stickers.”
The 32-year-old actress – who gave birth to Braydon Hart Wilkerson in March – also talked about the joys of having two boys. “Mason has been great – every time he sees the baby he’s always like, ‘Baby’s so cute,’ and has all these sweet things to say. He always wants to hold him and feed him.”
Note: Oriental Trading catalog also works well for potty-training rewarding! My son would browse through the catalog and get to pick something out for reaching potty milestones. It was very motivational for him.
Also, while supplies last, you can get a free Potty Training Success DVD by Huggies Pull-Ups here!