Potty training

  • Potty training is a hot topic among parents with toddlers. There are endless books on exactly the right way to potty train a child. We read tons of books and then decided to use lots of encouragement and act like accidents were no big deal. Our son really enjoyed putting stickers on his potty chart. We also chose a very simple potty with no bells and whistles and decided to go straight from diapers to underwear. What potty training methods have worked for you?

  • I'll let you know as soon as we figure it out Wink haha. Hopefully it will be very soon Smile

  • A favorite among parents at my daughter's daycare is to let your child run around naked when at home to encourage potty use. This doesn't work for me because I rent and have carpets everywhere, but lots of moms and dads I know swear by it.

  • We are going to try that with my daughter this summer. We have hardwoods now, so hopefully it won't be too messy.

  • Make sure you stock up on Murphy's Oil soap! We were so proud of Jordan this past Sunday. She went the whole day in underwear and didn't wet her pants once. Then just before we were going to change her for bed, she was on the phone with my dad telling him what a big girl she is -- and then peed all over the kitchen floor!

  • Haha, I hadn't heard of that method before. I'm not sure I'm up to cleaning the floors (happily havent had to do that since our dog was a puppy). Anyone heard of other techinques that work well?

  • My daughter is potty train when it comes to number one but number two is a big issue. She doesn't even want to try to clean herself any tips.

  • How old is your daughter? In general, kids take a long time to learn how to clean themselves properly...my 4 year old still yells at me to "wipe her butt" on a regular basis. Potty Training #2 can be tricky especially if you are dealing with another issue like constipation or something. Tell me more about your situation sparks52003....

  • My daughter is 4 and does the same thing. I just don't know what to do.

  • Rewarding a child for good behavior is a foolproof method and it is no exception when it's potty training time. To motivate your child, fill up a jar in the bathroom filled with stickers. Everytime your child goes pee-pee in the potty and wipes herself, she gets one sticker. When she poops in the potty and wipes herself (the best she can), she gets two stickers. At the end of each week, if she collects a set number of stickers, give a reward of your choice. Create a colorful poster in the bathroom with the number of stickers collected so she can view her progress. This will motivate her and make potty training fun!
  • We are beginning the potty training process and all the advice here is a great help! If anyone wants to update their progress or talk about any additional methods to encourage potty training, it would be greatly appreciated.

  • I found that the best way to potty train children is to prepare them ahead of time for what is to come. Most parents just wake up one morning and decide that they have had it with diapers. As a result, the next few weeks are frustrating for everyone.

    I started by renting a few Potty videos and potty books. Every day we watched the fun videos and read the books at night. We even "practiced" teaching our baby doll how to be  a big kid. Then after a week or two, I told them that we were going to be a big kid on Monday. We picked out underwear and first thing Monday morning, we woke up and celebrated being a big kid. This got them excited about using the potty which made the process a whole lot easier. While there were still accidents, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

  • Great advice. Are there any videos you specifically recommend?

  • Yes..."Potty Power" was pretty good and got my son and daughter motivated. I have also heard about a video with Elmo in it that is pretty good. As far as books go, The potty book for Boys or Girls is great...Hope these help.

  • Thanks so much... we are looking into getting all of the above!