When my eldest was two years old, I was pregnant with my second son. I was a little stressed about having two boys in diapers so I decided to start potty training. I tried letting my son run around naked—eventually, he ended up peeing on the floor.

Next, I bribed him with a toy. It failed. He would just run away and scream, “I don’t want to go on the potty!”

I bought him a soft seat for the toilet, tried reading to him while on the potty. Nothing.

Yes, there was major resistance. But was he physically ready for potty training?

The Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy is a wonderful tool to get started on potty training your children and answering many of your questions.

Before you even begin, ask yourself: is your child even ready? Take the Signs of Readiness Quiz and if the answer points to potty-readiness, you can begin to prepare for the next step. Next, find the right supplies and tools on the Big Kid Prep List, discover fun activities for your routine, and then customize a Potty Progress Chart.

The Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App has creative customized tools to help engage your child and give him or her positive reinforcement, which can help with potty success.

You can customize a printable, personalized weekly progress chart to help keep your efforts in check and to help reward your child, who needs that positive reinforcement. I remember doing the Potty Dance when my boys went on the potty! Sometimes they’d look at me like I was a crazy mama but it worked!

Potty Training with Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy

Create your own Potty Dance which helps get your Big Kid excited about potty training. Choose the music—from classical to rock—and choose a character. Learn the steps with your child and then download your song! I find the charts and potty dances help your child feel a sense of real accomplishment—they’re a Big Kid now!

We tried the Pull-Ups® Learning Designs & Cool Alert ® after downloading the Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App. My boy can stay dry for more than 2 hours and sometime he shows interest in running to the potty, when he isn’t distracted by other things! The Pull-Ups® Training Pants made it easy for my son to quickly run to the bathroom and pull them down all by himself which made him super proud. We created our own Potty Dance together on the website. The timer comes in handy, too.  The Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy is really helpful as we go through this challenging milestone.

Kendra, mom of 2.5 year old boy

The best part of the Big Kid Academy program is the Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App which can be downloaded for free. The app is a smart new take on the classic potty timer that helps you and your child learn the importance of taking regular potty breaks. Just set up a profile for your child and let the app know when your child uses the bathroom and the timer automatically adjusts the time between breaks.

Pull-Ups® Learning Designs & Cool Alert ® can also help make potty training a little more enticing for toddlers too. The Learning Designs® entice toddlers to wear the Pull-Ups® and the Cool Alert® helps your child realize when he or she is wet. Pair these with a consistent routine and The Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy, along with The Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App, and you’ll be on your way to potty training victory.

Pull-Ups® Training Pants are all about getting toddlers interested in becoming a Big Kid which is why they have Disney character designs and stretchy sides that let kids put them on and take off all by themselves! Visit Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy to enroll your kid today!


Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Pull-Ups® Training Pants via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kimberly-Clark Inc.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. This is great advice for people trying to potty train. Unfortunately I have done several of the things in this post, although I have never tried the Pull Ups training academy, but my son is still having a hard time. He’ll go in the toilet but he will not tell me when he has to go or make a beeline for the bathroom, with only a few exceptions. In general I still have to stay on top of it and if I take him about every 45 minutes or so, he’ll go, but otherwise he’ll have an accident because he says nothing and makes no indication he needs to go. We are working on it though.

    • Hi Amanda! How old is your son? I’d recommend going onto the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy and using some of their tools – give it a try, some of the tactics might work! Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂

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