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Speech and communication are a big part of a toddler’s development and can be one of the first partnerships you will have with your child, making potty training less stressful.

Using Communication in Everyday Instances

Communicating with your toddler during everyday activities is a big part of their development. When they point to something, tell them what it is. When you introduce something, talk about it. Tell them what color it is, what sound it makes, if it’s big or small. These describing words will guide them in being able to explain objects to you eventually!

We are in the middle of potty training my middle son, and my youngest son is starting to show signs of readiness as well.160127_PullUps_thesignsofreadiness-01

While he’s only 14 months old, we are using our partnership to work with him and show him baby sign language that goes along with potty training. We have taught him to sign “diaper” when his diaper is soiled, the sign for “wash your hands” when we are at the sink, and we all cheer for his big brother when he goes potty and he helps add a sticker to his potty chart .PUPS_printables_Sticker Chart Non-Gender specificAll of these little steps may seem such a small piece, but each of these little pieces fit into a greater puzzle. My little guy will be able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom because he understands that his Pull-Ups® Training Pants get soiled when he goes. He understands that going to the bathroom is worth cheering about, and we are all happier because there’s less of a fight when we work together to communicate!

Working together with your child helps them to grow and develop with your guidance. Pull-Ups® is introducing a whole new way to train with the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership. We love that this new program helps to treat potty training as a partnership with your toddler by discovering their potty personality. It’s an opportunity for the two of you to grow and partner together because potty training is more than just a skill to learn — it helps set the foundation for how you and your child tackle big challenges as a team. Teaching and reinforcing potty skills with your child will help you to be successful both in training and in strengthening your parent-child partnership.PullUps PhotosPull-Ups® Training Pants are designed specifically to help teach potty training skills. Try them now at your local retailer and visit to learn more about the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership and discover your child’s potty personality.

Communication Starts Early

Really, it all starts at birth by talking to your child while they listen to your soothing voice, and the partnership only expands from there. As your child grows, working together with your child to enhance their communication is so important. However, it’s not all about you teaching them how to communicate, or your child trying it out on their own. Rather, the development of their communication and speech happens when you and your child work together!

Sign Language

While he’s only 14 months old, we are using our partnership to teach him sign language for potty training terms. I’ve used them not only with my three boys but also with all of the babies I have nannied for. Using baby sign language is a great way to show your child that there is a way to communicate their wants, needs and the things they see in a simple way. Signing and using gestures comes much easier to a little one than speech, so it’s a great way to start communicating with your baby right away. I’ve seen that using baby sign language actually speeds up speech development and promotes an amazing vocabulary early on!


This may sound crazy to some, but in order to help my little ones develop their communication skills, we quiz them. Just as they would be tested in school, we give little tests when they are little. You probably do it without realizing! My best example of “quizzing” your little one as their speech and communication develop is counting to them as you do something fun. “One, two, THREE!” as you tickle their belly or “Ready, Set, GO!” as you push them on a swing. This will help them to remember those words. As time goes on, you start saying “One, Two, THREE” as you point to three objects to help them see that those words associate with counting and they will join you eventually.


Partnering with your child is important in all different aspects of your little one’s life. Communication is just the beginning!


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