In this Parents TV video, Melissa Joan Hart shares her parenting experience and gives some potty training tips.
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Juli: She’s an award-winning actress best known for her starring role in the hit show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But first and foremost she is a wife and mother of two adorable boys and we are just thrilled to have Melissa Joan Hart in the studio today to show how she juggles career and family and give us a few potty training tips and I could show you some myself. So we will get into that in just a second. Congratulations on the new baby. Melissa: Thank you so much. It’s been wonderful. Juli: Braidon just a few months old. Melissa: Braidon is a few months old and Mason’s two and a half. Juli: And how’s it going? How is Braidon? Melissa: Braidon’s great. They both are just wonderful. They’re smart wonderful great children, I can’t complain. It just been, basically I’m breastfeeding and I’m potty training and it’s like two full time jobs. Juli: And you’re doing it all at the same time. But first tell me what it was like to bring Braidon home to Mason who’s two. And we have to look at this picture because this is just adorable. Take a look at the picture of Mason holding Braidon when you brought him home from the hospital, so sweet. Melissa: They’re cute. Mason loves baby Braidon. It just baby brother, baby brother. Mason keeps going so cute, so cute. And he loves, he has a baby doll he carries around, which don’t tell my husband that, everyone knows that. But he just loves his baby doll. So when I’m changing the Braidy’s diapers, he changes his baby, we call him baby Liam, baby Liam’s diapers. And you know, he does everything that I do with the baby he does with his baby doll. Juli: So he was okay with bringing a new baby? Melissa: He loved it, he was so excited. I read lots of books and that kind of thing which is actually funny because it’s the same thing we do with potty training, reading books, watching videos, getting him prepared. Juli: And how about you? I mean, the first few months are really hard. No sleep and you’re working around the clock. Melissa: No, but you know what, this time was different with Mason. I felt overwhelmed. I was just, it was very different getting into mommy mode, figuring how to pack a diaper bag, what to bring, always being prepared. And this time, it’s like I got this down, you know, I just taking myself little more time a little bit more preparation, but I know how to do it. So I’m really enjoying having a newborn around again. Juli: So you’re an old pro? Melissa: Well I feel like it. I help raised a lot of kids. Juli: So you help raised a lot of kids. So in the middle of all these, you are as you said potty training Mason which is not easy. Melissa: No, it’s such as a task, it’s really difficult. I’m here to help, I’ve teamed up with Pull Ups to try to, I’m gaining all the information I can gain so that I can share it with all the other moms and dads out there. Juli: And tell us about this partnership with Pull Ups. How’s that going? Melissa: Oh it’s going great. They’ve been fantastic. You know basically, I couldn’t have a better resource to learn potty training. And what I learned basically is that every kid is different. Every single kid is different but also every kid is different every day. Mason, what works for him one day won’t work the next day. Juli: I know how that is. Melissa: You have to be ready, you have to have a bag of tricks and be ready to go. So I’ve put together a few tips that I can help out with, a little bit. The first tip is to know when your child is ready to potty train. And there’s a few signs and one of them is that they stay dry for up to two hours, but what worked for us was I got a potty for Mason when he was one and he, you know, sat on it and saw it and learned about it but then we put it away for a while. And when he was two, I was cleaning up the bathroom, and he saw it come out of the cabinet and he was like, my potty, my potty. Juli: So excited? Melissa: So excited. So I was like, Yup, let’s go. He peed on it the first time, so I was like well my child