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Last stages of Potty Training: Teaching Toddlers a Personal Care Routine

I was inspired to share with you how I’m teaching my daughter a personal care routine as the last stage of potty training in this post sponsored by Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

Since Sophia has been potty training for over a year and a half now, we’re finally at the last stages.  Yes, she’s been potty trained for a long time now, but teaching her a personal care routine so potty trips can be done on her own, at least at home, has been a learning process.


Honestly, it’s just way easier for me to help her, but isn’t that the case with most things that we try teach our child to do independently?  And it’s an important concept for her to learn before she heads off to pre-school in a little less than a month!  I want her to be confident and independent in all areas!

Although any disposable baby wipe would do, I’ve been looking for an alternative to having to throw away wipes.  I don’t want it to be confusing – “Mom, why do I sometimes throw things away?  What do I flush?”  Yeah, it’s a bit confusing to a 3 year old.  So, while shopping at Target a few days ago, I came across a deal that I just couldn’t pass up!


After buying 2 packs of the “really, really soft toilet paper, Mama” {that was also on sale}, we got the new stand-up Cottonelle Fresh Moist Wipe Dispenser for free!


I decided on these wipes, not only because of the price, but because they’re safe for both sewer and septic tanks.  We live in a rural area so we have a septic tank and hubby is very concerned with clogging and plumbing problems.  After he saw how thin these are, he was pleasantly surprised and so was I.

And although the Cottonelle dispenser looked sleek and nice on it’s own, Sophia decided it would be fun to jazz it up a bit.  Anything to get her excited is totally worth it!  So, we purchased more dinosaur wall stickers because this lady lady is in love with dinosaurs.


She loves doing craft projects and although this was a pretty easy one, she totally got into it.


Nothing I could do would convince her to put a big T-Rex on it though.  Why?  Because apparently she was saving them for another project…


She’s really doing well with learning the new steps in her personal care routine.  I’m proud of her for becoming even more independent.  I also know that encouraging a positive, clean routine so early on in life!


In addition to Sophia finding a new care routine with the Cottonelle Fresh Routine, there have been *ahem* some other family members that have been converted to the #CottonelleRoutine too!  And it’s lead us to realize that…


I will admit, I used to be a totally Over the Top gal, but I may just be an On Top kinda gal after all!



  1. Hi!! Just wanted to stop by… Great learning and how fun that she was able to do a decorating project too :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
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  2. Awesome article Lindsey, and I love the pictures! Your right, a personal care routine is that next step in the child growing-up phases. And just like having a routine for personal care, having a routine or schedule for using the potty (during training) also makes the entire process easier. Thanks for the useful tips.

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