NEENAH, Wis., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's no secret that parents have high expectations when it comes to their children. But, a new Pull-Ups brand survey shows that these expectations extend to an early milestone of a child's development – potty training – and it is leading to increased frustration for parents and child.
The survey found that parents are willing to try anything to achieve the often-daunting task of potty training. Ultimately, though, the survey discovered that what really works for parents is teaching a child independence and understanding that potty training is a journey of learning between parent and child – and not an overnight task. Among other findings1:
"Parents are not spending the time they need to potty train their children. They're rushing to get it done and it's backfiring," says Dr. Heather Wittenberg, Pull-Ups Potty Training Partner and child psychologist who specializes in the development of babies and young children. "Similar to such skills as learning to read and getting kids to eat healthier, potty training requires time and patience to set children up for success – and Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy at Pull-Ups.com is a great starting point."
By enrolling in Big Kid Academy at Pull-Ups.com, parents and toddlers can start their potty training journey. Pull-Ups brand knows every child is unique – so at sign-up, parents get a personalized My Pull-Ups page with potty training activities and expert advice customized to them and helping to get child and parent through the process efficiently.
Eighty-seven percent of parents think a potty training method that teaches children independence proves important when determining what training method to use, which is why Pull-Ups training pants are a must-have for efficient potty training. Pull-Ups products offer a variety of benefits and resources to help parents and children through the potty training process:
"Guiding the child toward independence is crucial during the potty training process, and Pull-Ups training pants get kids interested in potty training from the beginning," says Melanie Huet, brand director, Childcare, at Kimberly-Clark. "When used from the start, Pull-Ups training pants enable learning and make the process a fun-and-educational experience for both parent and child."
Parents can receive potty training tools and resources from the Pull-Ups Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, and additional potty training resources and tips on the go are available with the Pull-Ups Time to Potty App. It motivates, educates and rewards potty training behavior, helping parents and toddlers develop consistent routines.
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1The data points referenced above come from a study commissioned by Kimberly Clark, conducted by research firm Edelman Berland. The survey was conducted online August 1-7, 2014 among 1,000 U.S. parents of children ages 0-3 who are in the potty training mindset. The margin of error for this study is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points in 95 out of 100 cases.