When our 18 month old son started showing early signs of readiness for potty training, I thought to myself “Oh, NO! I haven’t researched this yet.” I thought I had time until he was at least 2 years old (from everything I’ve been told and heard). But I quickly made my way to my favorite mommy sites, Google and of course…friends and family. What I realized is that not a lot of them had the experience I was looking for with an 18 month old.
I took to Google and actually typed the words “diaper alarm” to see if there was something I was missing and something that might be able to help. Within the same week, I was given the wonderful opportunity to review Potty Patrol – Potty Training Alarm Diapers for 5 Minutes for Mom.
That’s right moms, alarm diapers DO exist! These diapers are wonderful and served the purpose that I so desperately needed them to. The starter kit comes with boy or girl diapers, 24 sensor diapers, a sensor and a training guide. The diapers fit weights of between 25 and 40lbs. They are so easy to use and my son thought the sensor was pretty cool. He felt the need to keep pulling up his shirt to show everyone he met. Ha.
All you have to do is place the Potty Patrol sensor diaper on your child, making sure the snaps are on the front. Then you snap the sensor onto the front of the diaper. Once it’s snapped on, the sensor is automatically activated.
Then all I had to do was listen for the alarm to sound, which was a short siren noise and then it played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star twice. It wasn’t obtrusive and the choice in song was great because it didn’t scare my son at all, the siren sound wasn’t bad either. He seemed a little worried about it at first because it was something new coming from his diaper, but after the second diaper he wanted to investigate the sensor to see if there were buttons that would make it do it again.
Once you hear the alarm and song, QUICKLY take your child to the potty, the faster the better. They will make the cause and effect connection that potty = toilet. Once my son got over the sounds with the first couple of diapers, he made the connection pretty fast. So far, we’ve used 12 diapers and with each one we had fewer and fewer accidents and my son hums Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star when he sits on the potty now.
Once you’re done with the diaper, unsnap it and it will automatically reset it (so cool!). Then it can be stored or snapped onto a new diaper. I’m pretty excited to use these when we potty train during the nighttime hours. I’m such a light sleeper that any sound will wake me, especially through the baby monitor, and I can go in and take him to the potty, so we don’t have wet sheets as well.
Potty Patrol does offer refill kits ($19.99) and the alarm is reusable with them. That made me extremely happy and I thought the value of the starter kit was great ($29.99) since I’m sure the nighttime training will take a little longer to accomplish.
The only negative aspect I can comment about is the fact that my son was obsessed with the sensor at first and could figure out how to pull it off on his own. Don’t get me wrong, the snaps are very secure and tight; my son is just strong and tenacious when he sets his mind to something. The sensor is a little bulky (probably because I’m using it on an 18 month old) and stuck out of his clothes, no big deal to me but it might bother some moms.
Overall it was a great experience using the Potty Patrol Alarm Diapers and I would recommend it to my friends and family when they ask. It worked for us when I really needed it to and I’m happy to say we are daytime potty trained within a week.
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Disclosure: This is part of a promotional campaign with Potty Patrol. All opinions expressed belong to the author.