Tips For Potty Training Success

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The weather is getting warmer and for many parents of toddlers that means it’s potty training season. Though my family is out of this season of our lives I know many of you are still working on it so I wanted to share a post with some of the tips I learned during the process. I also wanted to share some tips from Dr. Laura Jana, a potty training expert.

Her first tip is to watch for signs of readiness. Just about all children give subtle (and some not-so-subtle) signs that they are ready for potty training. These signs of readiness typically include using their words to express themselves, toddling their own way to the bathroom, pulling down their own pants, saying they want to use the “big potty,” and being aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping, characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to go. It is also helpful and increases the likelihood of potty training interest when children start to be bothered by their messy diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead!

I found this was the biggest factor to finding potty training success for my kids. I tried potty training before my boys were ready and failed because I was trying to train them too early. I learned that there is no magical age to start potty training but it is instead all about when they start to show signs of readiness. My boys both have Sensory Processing Disorder, and my youngest is also on the Autism Spectrum, so they both took longer to develop the awareness that they had soiled themselves and even longer to realize when they needed to go to the bathroom. Once I waited for them to become aware of these things potty training became much easier.

Dr. Jana’s second tip is to prepare for potty training by making sure you have all supplies on hand. These supplies will help you through any obstacle and can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. Pampers Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with a more underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter wherever they happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight.

We liked using training pants because they helped reduce messes. I also found that they were easiest for our always on the go family. Pampers Easy Ups training pants, available in sizes 2T through 5T, are a good choice because they have fun designs featuring your child’s favorite characters like Thomas & Friends® and Dora the Explorer®. The super-stretchy sides make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty so children feel a sense of independence when using them.

Her third tip is to celebrate every win. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their setbacks. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with and clean up any messes, and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s efforts and successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.

I found that focusing on my kid’s successes and encouraging them to keep trying was really important. Our kids were really motivated by sticker charts and the possibility of earning small special toys when they had enough stickers. This also made the process more fun for them.

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Comments

  1. My tip is to use encouragement, songs and a reward system.

  2. Ellie Wright says

    For boys, have them fo to the bathroom with dad or older brothers. My youngest son was in such a hurry to be just like his two older brothers that he literally potty trained himself by 18 months.

  3. shelly peterson says

    Using a rewards system works well when potty training.
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  5. Jessica To says

    Try not to pressure your child because it will just stress you both out.

  6. My tip is to reward your child for using his potty

  7. Lisa Brown says

    Use a small reward to motivate the training and use a potty they are not intimidated with.
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  9. Ellie Wright says
  10. My tip is to work on potty training exclusively for an entire weekend. Try to make the transition between diapers and potty very defined.

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  12. Julie Wood says

    I use a potty training chair that sits on the floor and helps child feel stable when starting out. Then I put a big potty training chair on the toilet so child can learn how to potty train.

  13. HS kraftmaking says

    Reward system works great for my kids.

  14. HS kraftmaking says
  15. Julie Wood says
  16. Terry Stevens says

    Use a reward system/chart as well as provide plenty of praise through the potty training process.

  17. Amanda Sakovitz says

    Reward your kids as an incentive

  18. Amanda Sakovitz says
  19. For boys, use Cheerios as potty targets.

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  21. Brandy Wilson says

    Patience. I’m not a quick trainer with my kids. I really wait for them to be totally ready so I’m not running them to the bathroom nonstop.

  22. Brandy Wilson says
  23. Steve Weber says

    My tip- you have to reward them if they go potty!

  24. Stephanie Phelps says

    My tip for potty training is to do it in the summer when less clothes are on makes it easier for the child to get training pants on and off and easier on mom with laundry!

  25. Stephanie Phelps says
  26. i wait until my kids are totally ready to start

  27. My best tip is to wait till your child shows an interest. You can’t force it.

  28. Amy Tolley says

    you have to have patients and persistence when potty training…

  29. Amy Tolley says
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  32. Mary Cloud says

    Make sure to offer a reward for when they do a good job

  33. Amy Orvin says

    Like everyone else has said, a reward is always helpful.

  34. Amy Orvin says
  35. Annmarie W. says

    Don’t try to rush things. When the child is ready, they will let you know. And when you’re in the bathroom, don’t try to hurry them along. It will only stress them out.

  36. Annmarie W. says
  37. Dominique Cloutier says

    Cheerios for boys to help aim and make it fun!

  38. Dominique Cloutier says
  39. I use coloring books and music when potty training

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  41. Jo Ricker says

    My tip is to have patience and give little rewards for going on the potty. If you get stressed, the child will get stressed, so stay calm and positive about potty training.

  42. Jilliann M says

    We like doing sticker charts!

  43. Tara von bodungen says

    Cheerios in the toilet always works! Makes training a game.

  44. Dotty J Boucher says

    I am training one of my grandboys right night and we like reading books, he reads a bit on the potty and then he wants me to read,, and so far no wetting during the day lol :)

  45. My biggest tip is to follow your child’s lead. You can’t force them – when they’re ready, they’ll be ready (even though we’re all eager to say goodbye to diapers! lol!)

  46. My tip is to make it fun.

  47. natasha lamoreux says
  48. natasha lamoreux says

    My tips are to be encouraging and patient, it won’t happen right away/

  49. vickie allbright says

    my potty training tip is too stay relaxed accidents happen make it fun and set them on the toilet every ten mins til a pattern they get used too is establised …….. tweeted https://twitter.com/vickie7063/status/727707659877650437

  50. Stay patient, and try not to let yourself get stressed out. It’ll happen in time!

  51. Make it fun and use tons of incentives. :-)

  52. Jennifer W says

    My tip is to not compare your child to other children when it comes to this.

  53. Aqdas Ahmed says

    My best tip for potty training is not to give up easily. Keep taking your child to the potty every two hours without missing a beat. Accidents will happen… so DON”T give up.

  54. Aqdas Ahmed says
  55. Michelle J. says

    Have some silly songs that you only sing in the bathroom.

  56. Rachelle Anderson says

    My tip is to not try too early. If they aren’t ready, it’ll just be stressful for both of you.

  57. Rachelle Anderson says
  58. Be patience, it may take awhile to catch on.

  59. Lindsey K. says

    My tip is to allow your child to lead. Make them really involved, they get to pick out the undies, the stickers and the treats, use a special watch or timer to keep track of when they need to take a potty break and then CELEBRATE success!

  60. Sheila K. says

    Using Cheerios in the potty appears to be helpful for training male children.

  61. Sheila K. says
  62. My tip is to allow your child to lead the pace and never get angry or frustrated with them over potty training.

  63. My potty tips is to be very excited when your child let’s you know they have to go potty and makes it in time. The excitement, praise and letting them know how proud you are of them goes a long way.

  64. laura ari says

    Be consistent.

  65. For my daughter, I invented a celebratory dance for when she used the potty successfully, and she loved it!

  66. Ashley Taylor says

    My tip…be consistent…take one week and devote it completely to potty training.

  67. Jessica miller says

    I would say being patient and also giving small rewards for using the potty.

  68. Make sure you wait until they are ready.

  69. Sara Floyd says

    My daughter loves to get stickers when she goes

  70. Giant Sis says

    Let the child go at their own pace and try to be encouraging and make it fun.

  71. Trisha Burgess says

    My best tip is using a sticker reward chart! Kids love to see their progress!!

  72. Trisha Burgess says
  73. Emily Mahr says

    My best tip is to use a reward system, we used stickers. My son would get so excited to wear a sticker and another sticker to chart on a calendar. We made to make a big deal (lots of positive reinforcement) when he successfully used the potty.

  74. Emily Mahr says
  75. My kids seemed to be able to tell me when they had to go potty, and I knew that they were ready to start using the big potty.

  76. Sarah Cool says

    rewards always seem to help

  77. daniele plumber says

    We allowed the child to pick out their own underwear and put them on the adult potty every 15 minutes. We woke them up in the middle of the night to go the potty. We never brought the kiddy potty…Made sure they washed their hands everytime. Did not give rewards because they grow up expecting that every time. We quit giving food and drink after 7 or 8pm except for tiny sips of water. Within 3 days, they trained and had very few accidents after that..

  78. daniele plumber says
  79. rewards for every potty training success.

  80. Nichole Mc says

    we use a sticker chart
    everytime we use the potty we get a sticker when the row is full we earn a small surprise

  81. Sandra Morrell says

    I used Cheerios for my son to aim at and try to sink them. I used blue food coloring in the toilet water so he could watch it turn green. I also used a sticker chart and waited until he was actually ready to train. Going to the store and letting him buy “big boy” underwear with his favorite characters helped too.

  82. Patience and prizes were two big helpers for us!

  83. My tip is to use M&Ms as a reward. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  85. my tip is to have a small basket of little rewards that they can pick from.

  86. Ryan Spencer says

    Don’t use diapers so that the toddle will find it uncomfortable to potty without it and will right away want to use the training potty, it really works and fast too.

  87. Ryan Spencer says
  88. wen budro says

    My only tips are to wait until they’re really ready to learn and to make potty training as fun as possible for them.

  89. wen budro says
  90. amy clark says

    make it routine have a regular schedule when you try

  91. Emily Smith says

    Wait until the kid is ready- don’t rush it

  92. Gabrielly says

    Reward system works great for my kids.

  93. kelley foulk says

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    My tip for potty training is for parents to know that kids will do it when they are ready don’t pressure them or scold them, offer rewards: hugs or something fun

  94. Gabrielly says
  95. My tip, wait until they are ready! If you force it too soon it won’t go well.

  96. wendy browne says

    My tip is to let them watch older kids use the potty. My girls were two years apart and my two year old potty trained herself while I tried to get her four year old sister to get out of diapers. lol

  97. wendy browne says
  98. Rachael Sadowsky says

    I do a celebratory dance with my daughter.

  99. We have a sticker reward chart for when he uses the potty.

  100. Susan Christy says

    Don’t rush them – it will just cause setbacks.

  101. Susan Christy says
  102. Use a sticker chart

  103. A reward system has worked in the past. We did not yell when things did not go as planned either.

  104. allyson tice says

    My tip is to always let the child tell you when they have to go. dont force them to go. they will learnn on their own and go at their own time

  105. Elicia P says

    When potty training always have your child go potty before leaving any location whether it is home or a public place. Better to have a empty bladder than a messy car ride home!

  106. Elicia P says
  107. My tip is to try potty training, but don’t stress if it doesn’t work. Wait and try again in a few months.

  108. I let my son run around completely naked for a week! There were messes to clean, but by the end of it he was totally trained. :)

  109. Make sure they are well hydrated. My kids have more accidents if they are not drinking enough

  110. Sarah Sobocinski says

    Do not force. They might not be ready. You don’t want them to have negativity towards it.

  111. lissa crane says

    I always said I wouldn’t, but my best tip that worked with all four of my kiddo’s is a bribe! I would do a small piece of candy after each try and a dollar store at the end of the week if they succeeded! It worked like a charm and was worth every penny!

  112. DeAnna Keller says

    y tip is to not force potty training on your child. If your child fights it, try again in a few weeks. Also, rewards like stickers help the child get excited about potty training!

  113. After potty training 6 kids, my best advice is to wait until they’re ready. Then when they are truly ready it’s so much easier….we also celebrate each success and reward with a little treat, like an M&M or chocolate chip.

    ~ Mara

  114. Be patient and keep it positive! A basket of books by the potty can help ;)

  115. My tip is to reward your child for using his potty

  116. Holly Storm says

    My biggest tip is: Don’t push them. Often they’ll refuse because they can. It’s a way to feel “in control.”

  117. Holly Storm says
  118. Susan D Genna says

    I made a sticker chart with the days of the week on it and every time my daughter used the potty she got to place a star sticker on that day. Every time she had an accident I put a sad face on the day she had an accident. She was appalled at getting sad faces so she potty trained quickly.

  119. I would say a reward system, lots of praise and make it fun.

  120. I think to have patience, and don’t try to rush, he will learn.

  121. Tip: reward your child with stickers or Smiley faces on a chart when they use the potty

  122. beth hoppe says

    Encourgage and be patient with the training.

  123. Consistency really helps with potty training.

  124. let them choose their underwear to help get them excited about the process

  125. Lauryn R says

    My potty training tip is to have patience! Every kid moves at their own pace and will be ready at their own time.

  126. susan smoaks says

    my potty training tip is to start early and use positive reinforcement. i like to use a rewards system. it works for us.

  127. Positive reinforcement only! Never punish accidents : ) Thank you and good luck all!

  128. I agree that a rewards system is very helpful.

  129. Cheryl B. says

    My tips are to offer the bathroom often, use a reward system and be patient.

  130. Debra Pauley says

    Tip: reward your child with stickers or Smiley faces on a chart when they use the potty

  131. Cheryl B. says
  132. My tip is this: after you know they know how to use the potty, but just won’t, put them in underware and let them have an accident. For some kids all it takes is one time for them to start using the potty (that was my older son)…and one mess clean up is worth it to see if that’s your kid. But if you have to clean up a second mess and they weren’t trying to get to the potty, than put the pull ups back on cause that’s not your kid. (I’ve had one of both).

  133. kathy dalton says

    the rewards system always worked for me

  134. Sticker chart!

  135. elizabeth miller says

    after potty training 4 kids and now training 2 granddaughters my best tip is relax. Do not get stressed over accidents or resistance. Just be consistant and they will get through it.

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  137. Caroline says

    Have your child sing on the potty as a way to keep them on their long enough.

  138. My potty training tips are use positive reinforcement; exercise a high level of patience; and read illustrated tales to the kiddies about potty-training.

  139. I have always heard that they show signs of readiness plus reward system works great and it effective way to potty train.

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  140. Angela Saver says

    My best potty training tip is to automatically take your little one to the bathroom every time you go to the bathroom or at least every two hours so they get into the habit of going & don’t get distracted & forget.

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  142. Lyndsey R. says

    My tip is the old fashioned tip. Being naked. I had my son potty trained in 4 days…and at 20 months old. We also did the reward system as well.

  143. My tip is wait until ready!

  144. Heather E says

    My best advice is to not stress. Your child will train at their own pace, and anyone who looks at you poorly for not having your child trained by a certain age isn’t worth being friends with…

  145. Amie George says

    I use a reward system like Skittles or just a special treat

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  147. Heather E says
  148. Give lots of praises and start a sticker chart

  149. One potty training tip is to use a good reward system like M&Ms or stickers to keep your child motivated.

  150. just have endless patience!! they’ll get it

  151. ashley crawford says
  152. ashley crawford says

    My best potty training tip is to keep trying and they might not be ready when you start but they will get there. Give them tons of praise, love, and have patience!

  153. Diana Hatch says

    My tip is not to force a child until they are ready

  154. Dawn Monroe says

    My tip is to get everyone involved and use their favorite characters.

  155. Dawn Monroe says
  156. patricia delgado says
  157. patricia delgado says

    My tip is don’t rush, they will go eventually so wait until they are ready it’ll be much easier

  158. Jayedee DeWitt says

    When potty training little boys…toss a handful of froot loops into the toilet….little boys love improving their “aim” lol

  159. Don’t get frustrated, make it a positive experience for them.

  160. kathy dalton says
  161. I make sure I dress them in comfortable clothes that are easy to get on and off!

  162. heather b says

    Small rewards go a long way when it comes to potty training!! Keep up the encouragement and don’t get mad when accidents happen.

  163. angie ukena says

    I use a rewards system when potty training

  164. heather b says
  165. Make sure they are ready and use a rewards system

  166. Mary Beth Elderton says

    For boys, place a “target” in the bowl…makes it “fun.” Hahaha–boys wil be boys :)

  167. Mary Beth Elderton says
  168. Constantly ask “do you need to go potty”, I make my son go every 20 minutes. We’re doing much better finally! We use rewards, a potty seat, his own flush-able wipes, and he is just now to the point where he wears underwear all day and a pull up at night. It can be such a frustrating process, just remember to take it day by day!

  169. janetfaye says

    I used to make a chart and add stickers when I potty trained. I kept it in the bathroom so they could see it and feel motivated.

  170. janetfaye says
  171. Treats for your child and wine for you = happy child and calm(er) mom!! :)

  172. Using a reward system. But I also think setting regular time intervals to take the child to the potty to check to see if they have to “go” also helps to reinforce the behavior. No stress though…it will come.

  173. Shannon Garrett says

    Be encouraging!
    My daughter always follows me in the bathroom so I let her sit there with me.
    I explain to her what I’m doing.

  174. Raina DelRio says

    I give lots of encouragement. My daughter loves the idea of wearing big girl panties with her favorite character. Plenty of praise and be persistent.

  175. Raina DelRio says
  176. Jennifer M. says

    We used a sticker chart and reward system for earning a certain number of stickers, plus lots of encouragement and praise.

  177. Darlene Owen says

    I just finished potty training my granddaughter, the key is to be persistent and consistent. Take them every 15-20 minutes, don’t ask them if they have to go just tell them they are going. After they are used to going then you can ask.

  178. Darlene Owen says
  179. TallulahJane says

    My son was all about rewards. So a special treat like spending the night with his Nana was great for him.

  180. TallulahJane says
  181. Kathryn C says

    my sister in law swears by using /reading the potty topic books to her son at night or whenever- really got him excited about this next step

    KC

  182. Kathryn C says
  183. Sarah Hayes says

    my PT tip is to be consistent

  184. Sarah Hayes says
  185. Marcia Goss says

    Trying to potty train too soon is frustrating for the child and the parent. You will know when your child is ready.

  186. Marcia Goss says
  187. natasha lamoreux says
  188. natasha lamoreux says

    Always be patient, calm , and rewarding when toilet training your baby.

  189. Sit with your child while they “wait” for results and have a collection of small washable toys to play with and discuss during the intervals. A large plastic mixing bowl of assorted Fisher Price Little People and animals works well for us.

  190. Julie Lundstrom says

    My son has autism and it’s alittle more challenging. We have a reward system set up to help him with the potty training.

  191. Julie Lundstrom says
  192. Angelica Dimeo says

    I always use positive reinforcement with potty training

  193. My tip is to be consistent but do not let mistakes make you angry!
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  194. Janet Boyanton says

    Wait until the child is ready!

  195. Kenya Lassiter says

    We used a Potty time watched that played a song every 30 minutes to remind my daughter about the potty.

  196. Patience and lots of paper towels!

  197. Kenya Lassiter says
  198. danielle phillips says

    I keep reminding them every 15 mins to go potty. I think its really important to be consistent and have a lot of patience

  199. Anna Tetreault says

    My son is 3 months so we haven’t quite gotten to potty training, but I appreciate the tips :)

  200. Karrie Millheim says

    Reward them when they use the potty

  201. A rewards system works great. I recommend making a little rewards chart and the child gets a sticker when they go potty. When they have a set number of stickers (i.e. 10 or 15), they get a small, inexpensive “prize.”

  202. Start potty training early because children can understand what is expected of them.

  203. My potty training tip: Be prepared for anything.

  204. Beth Minyard says

    I think rewarding them for using the potty is a good way to do it!

  205. Michelle C says

    My best tip for potty training is to wait until the child has shown considerable interest. It can be very frustrating to attempt potty training before everyone is ready!

  206. Michelle C says
  207. My best tip is to be patient, it may take awhile to catch.

  208. Tabathia B says

    I would put my daughter on the potty every morning so that it would be part of her routine to go in the morning

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  209. Tabathia B says
  210. Heidi McGuire says

    Don’t Rush them into it! If it’s not working take a break!

  211. June Lisle says

    On of the only tips I have is what a few women told me. If you have a boy, throw some cherrios in the toilet and tell him to sink them.

  212. June Lisle says
  213. Do not use pull ups when you have decided to go to underwear. Even at night. It is confusing for the kids.

  214. Alison Matalanis says

    Try not to get too frustrated. Take a break and come back to it if you need to!

  215. Alison Matalanis says
  216. Leah Shumack says

    Don’t push your child before they are ready. We tried when my daughter was 2-3 and she had none of it. Then a month before she was turning 4 within a week she was good to go with no more diapers!

  217. Kimberly Myers says

    When potty training boys, place cherrios in the toilet for them to aim at. My boys loved the excitement of sinking one.

  218. Sheila K. says

    Using Cheerios in the potty appears to be helpful in training male children.

  219. The rewards are pretty good tips for the toddler who is a little older. My son was hard to train and we finally started this and it seemed to work.

  220. dana germain says

    we stick colorful star stickers on a chart and when they get so many they get big kid undies of their choice

  221. Katie Bellamy says

    Bribery. Lot and lots of bribery!

  222. Katie Bellamy says
  223. I used M&M for #1 and small wooden animals for #2. It worked really good to. Thank you for the chance :)
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  224. Maggie Smith says

    Naked week in our house helped potty train our two boys! It actually only took a couple days :)

  225. Maggie Smith says

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  226. No kids, but my tip is to have patience.
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  227. tiffany dover says

    My tip is to not push! Let you’re child gain an understanding on their own time!

  228. tiffany dover says
  229. Lots of Praise and Patience <3

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