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3 Tips for Potty Training {Bathroom Buddies #Giveaway #PGMom}

One of the biggest issues I have had with my kids, is potty training.

Neither of my kids were potty trained until they were 3 1/2.  There were many times when I would heard remarks from strangers, family and friends who were under the impression that they knew the right way to solve the potty training problem.  I was discouraged, my kids were discouraged and we were getting no where.

3 Tips for Potty Training

Finally things started to click for my kids and I came up with 3 tips that worked well for me (remember, every child is different so these tips may not work for your child)

#1 – Set the timer: My kids were always tired of me asking them if they needed to go to the bathroom.  I was asking every 20-30 minutes, but I didn’t want to have to clean up yet another accident.  So I decided to set a timer.  We went to the Dollar store and picked out a cute apple shaped timer.  I would set this timer for 20 minutes.  When the kids heard the timer, they knew that it was time to use the bathroom and willingly went on their own.

#2 – Wait until they are ready:  Many parents get caught up in the fact that their nieces/nephews or friends’ children are potty trained by the age of 18 months.  I’ve been there.  It is frustrating that your child is not as advanced in this area as the other kids around you.  But trust me when I say that the potty training goes a lot smoother and takes a lot less time when it is the child who decides it is time and not the parent.

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  1. jeannie Do says:

    Waiting for summer an putting the potty chair outside with them. This way the accidents where outside oh I almost forgot they didn’t where pants so they could get to the potty faster. Trained three boys this way my girls where a lot easier :)

  2. We have a 1 year old daughter and I’ve heard that the sinner you introduce the potty the more comfortable they are. We love the bumbo potty and she has been sitting in it before bath every night for months. Hopefully it helps when we are ready to try training!!

  3. We haven’t tried the timer but that sounds like a great idea!

  4. Amanda davidson says:

    Trying to potty train right now. Ahhhhh

  5. For our oldest, waiting for the right time to potty train was key. We tried at 2 years old and he just wasn’t ready, but when we tried again at 2.5, he picked up potty training practically overnight. We also gave him a lot of liquids during the potty training period so he had lots of opportunities to practice. We are thinking of potty training our youngest soon.

  6. Tina Ref says:

    fruit treats :)

  7. Just starting to think about potty training! Little one is croching over bumbo…lol

  8. Alexandra says:

    I would love to win your tips were not at potty training yet

  9. We are potty training at the moment…Accidents are going to happen. Make it fun…I bought his face caracters on his underwear and he is terrified of grtting them dirty…He said “he has to protect them from peepee” …. :)

  10. We are only halfway there with our first child but we found using real underwear works best so she could see the mess and make the connection. The timer also worked well.

  11. Anne Taylor says:


    Have discipline (mom and dad)
    play music
    have fun
    keep the kidlets relaxed

  12. Just getting ready to potty train my 2nd

  13. Victoria K says:

    I had to reward them with a bouncy ball each time the went.

  14. No tips yet as our little guy isn’t quite there yet, but we’ll encourage him and praise him!

  15. Still not there yet…but fun training pants seem to help!

  16. Crystal Gwynn says:

    Don’t rush them. They’ll go when they are ready.

  17. Monica F says:

    We haven’t gotten to the potty training stage so I appreciate your tips you have given for when we are ready.

  18. kristen visser says:

    my daughter has actually not been potty trained yet. she is 17 months but i will be trying in the next couple months. hopefully it wont be that difficult

  19. Chrissy says:

    Nothing so far so hopefully I can try some others tips, The timer tip is a fun idea, my daughter is 2.5yrs old and we just had a baby on 02/14/14 so I have two in diapers, Would be great to get my 2.5 yr old potty trained. Thanks for the chance:)

  20. Erika Birrell says:

    Using stickers for rewards and just praising them and making a huge deal every time they go pee/poop on the potty!!

  21. Alicia W says:

    My oldest pretty much potty trained over night on her own and we never looked back. My youngest now doesn’t seem to want to get the hang of it so I don’t have any tips!

  22. Florence C says:

    Being patient with them and giving them a little treat when they did go and make a big deal about it.

  23. Wendy hutton says:

    make it fun for them, do not rush them to train they will train when they are ready to.

  24. Angela Mitchell says:

    For my daughter just being patient worked. As soon as I stopped pressuring her she decided she was ready:)

  25. Brittany says:

    The biggest thing that helped us was take their lead. By me picking when I was ready got us no where.

  26. Maegan Morin says:

    The only thing that really helped me in the end was persistence and routine.

  27. Bailey Eileen Parr says:

    A lot of positive encouragement along with special events such as crafts, movies, toy making, baking, etc. when each visit was a success!

  28. Carole Dube says:

    Stars on the calender worked

  29. Cheryl Almas says:

    I can’t remember it was too long ago. Now my grandson will almost be ready for potty training.

  30. Cynthia Berthiaume says:

    I totally agree with number 2. Do not push them; when they are ready they will do it on their own. One of my twin boys declared one morning that he was not wearing diapers any more! That was it, of course a few accidents on the way to the potty but he trained himself within a couple of days. I don’t usually have to ask him if he needs to go, he just does it. Go cold turkey, no diapers or pull-ups as this confuses them and they will forget and go in their diaper.

  31. Viv Sluys says:

    With my oldest (now 6) the rewards really helped. With my middle (now 3.5) we had to make sure that she always knew that accidents were ok. She was so worried about disappointing us so she mostly just needed lots of encouragement and patience. I think patience and perseverance are the 2 biggest things to have when potty training.

  32. Miriam Wilton says:

    we haven’t started yet! this is going to be one of the most daunting tasks i’ve ever taken on in my life.

  33. Heidi C. says:

    We are just starting to potty train. My little guys are still wet at naptime so we’ve just started.

  34. Smarties. Smarties worked. Didn’t want to do it, but it really worked. 😉

  35. Nicky J says:

    My daughter’s only 12 months old so we haven’t started yet.. just reading the tips, thanks

  36. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    my kids got to pick a toy from a bin I had filled with dollarama toys

  37. Valerie Crawford says:

    My son was the easiest to train. We just bought him a potty and took his diapers away when he turned 2. He had a couple messes at first., but learned very quickly.

  38. My son gets super excited about the sticker chart. Which leads to a reward after a certain amount of successful times

  39. angela m says:

    I introduced the potty early on and let her play with it , sit on it.

  40. SweetPanda says:

    Just be patient and don’t rush. Wait till your kids are ready for potty training and encourage them to give it a try. Never compare your kids with other kids as all the kids are different in terms of potty training

  41. Brandee H says:

    What worked the best for us was that he was ready and I had to fully commit!! Diapers were gone. Fun underwear (he didnt care to choose his own though I tried). No pants at the beginning made it easier. And to make it fun. Lots of cheering. We never used treats or stickers. He is too young for all of that. It just came down to both of us being ready, having fun and patience!

  42. Make the toilet seats cool. Fun and imagination inspire children.

  43. Karla Sceviour says:

    my son was good at potty training,,I never used pullups,just underwear,and he learned fast.”)

  44. Juliee Fitze says:

    Have been trying to stick to having her go potty before nap and bedtime.

  45. Beanybopp says:

    We havent started potty training yet but soon and I hope that it can go as smoothly as possible….I believe that we will try the award system :)

  46. Monique L.S. says:

    Work at your child’s pace. Watch their cues and they will tell you when they are ready to potty train.

  47. We are working on potty training now, so far no luck.

  48. potty training is NOT fun, but making it fun like decorating the potty for the child or having them add a sticker to it, each successful potty helped for me

  49. francine says:

    after a long battle of wills I finally had to let my oldest go around the house bottomless and make him clean up his own messes. pull ups were only for bedtime and going out of the house. my youngest is going to start potty training soon and I will likely try the same things I did with the oldest with the bottomless/cleaning as a last resort. the only difference is that I plan to wait until he is ready instead of letting others pressure me because they think it should already be done. (seriously I got a lot of pressure from the inlaws because my oldest wasn’t potty trained before he turned 2.)

  50. Darlene Schuller says:

    Putting them on the potty with breakfast in the mornings worked best for me. They’d always go. Then Id’ try about every 90 mins until the afternoon and would try about every 40.

  51. Sarah Stickney says:

    we haven’t started potty training yet

  52. Elva Roberts says:

    I waited until warmer weather to wear training pants on them. i waited until my girls were two and boys were three. Then it just tool consistency. I really did not have many problems.

  53. Nicole B says:

    patience and positive reinforcement

  54. charityk says:

    im in the process of teaching my oldest and i would say nothing has worked, so we are just letting him do his thing and not putting pressure on him

  55. positive reinforcement and consistently walking them in every 20 minutes to get them to “try”. Their stuffies went to the bathroom on the toilet first, and than it was their turn.

  56. I actually won these little targets to put in the toilet for my little guy to hit and sink. My son though it was cool.

  57. Caroline M. says:

    nothing so far, my son is 27 months and not showing any signs of readiness :(

  58. Debbie W says:

    No pressure and lots of patience

  59. Crystal Quibell says:

    Patience, patience, patience. Go at your child’s pace. Keep lots of wipes on hand.

  60. Lesley E says:

    My little one is way too young for potty training yet but I have a feeling that patience is key.

  61. Carol Denny says:

    Lots of patience!

  62. None yet!!

  63. Patience and praise

  64. Sunshine G says:

    So far, giving her a Smartie when she actually uses the potty seems to work like a charm!

  65. marie cat says:

    my daughter isn’t potty trained but reading up on all the info to prepare

  66. we haven’t gotten to the potty training stage yet!

  67. HA! I have none! My son is 2.5 and we are beginning the process. He will sit (for EVER if I let him) and has peed a couple of times, but he still seems completely unaware of when he needs to go. I’m totally OK with that, and with letting him lead. He’s not going to be in diapers forever and I’m really OK with the fact that he’s still in diapers. OTHER people seem more bothered by it than I am. I’m of the same mindset as you – it will be much easier when it’s led by him, not me. :)

  68. Kris Garvey says:

    My son will be 2 in 1 1/2 weeks and we’re planning on starting once the weather is a little warmer, that way at home he can just wear pull-ups or underwear and a shirt so it’s easy to go. We have a potty downstairs with a step stool for washing hands, and a cushy seat and step stool upstairs as well. The good thing is my mom watches him while we work, and she potty trained two boys of her own so she’ll be a big help!

  69. My kidlet is still 4 months so we are awaiting the days of potty training. I have heard that using cloth diapers can assist, because they feel the wet easier on their toosh and don’t like that. All about the motivation !! We started the cloth already for a number of reasons, that included.

  70. Kelly Colby says:

    Haven’t tried yet, but lots of good tips here

  71. sharon boyle says:

    Patience and easy access to the potty with a minimum of clothing

  72. Rosa Cross says:

    It was so long ago, I can’t remember.

  73. my biggest tip is have LOTS of patience and reward even the small accomplishments

  74. A lot of praise and bribery with rewards! :)

  75. So far the only thing that has worked is simply backing off of her and letting her tell me when she needs to go. Some days are better than others. :)

  76. My kids were so different with potty training that I don’t really have any tips accept to be patient. My oldest trained really early and with just a bit of encouragement. My next refused to train when we first tried and then finally let us know when he was ready a lot later then we hoped. It will happen eventually so I hate to see people stressing about it.

  77. marie cat says:

    i haven’t started potty training yet but thanks for the information. I think when shes ready to go potty shell let me know. i won’t force it on her.

  78. Melanie B says:

    We waited and until she was absolutely ready and wanting to do it.. when we tried too soon it ended up in tears and frustration!

  79. nicolthepickle says:

    We’re still working on it, but patience is important.

  80. Don’t let them see that your stressed or in a hurry!

  81. be patient

  82. Stickers!

  83. Dayna Wilson says:

    I don’t know yet! My son has just started showing interest, at 20 months old. He’s very interested, though. I don’t push it or anything, I’m just waiting to take cues from him right now.

  84. Stickers on a calendar :)

  85. Dianne G. says:

    I was involved in potty training my granddaughter recently. First my daughter had her throw all her diapers away into a garbage bag and replace them on the shelf with panties with her favorite characters on them. She sat on the potty chair and we kept giving her juice and other fluids and when she did pee in the potty we all applauded and danced around and high fived. She had one or two accidents that week but after the week there were no more accidents even at night. That method worked better than ones I had tried when mine were young.

  86. sarah sar says:

    Being patient, a lot of positive reinforcement and time…give them time, never rush them!

  87. Kristine Ewald says:

    To be relaxed, patient and make it fun

  88. mongupp (@mongupp) says:

    Im still working on my 4 and a half year old. I dont think there are any tricks but from experience with my other 3, when they are ready they will be trained!

  89. Julie Bolduc says:

    We dont stress and we use a sticker chart

  90. Jennifer L. says:

    I found it worked to just back off at times and wait a couple months to try again.

  91. We used stickers or starts on a chart as an incentive. Also, if your child resists using the potty chair or toilet or isn’t getting the hang of it within a few weeks, take a break. Chances are he or she isn’t ready yet. Try again in a few months.

  92. cheryl hodgkins says:

    The talking potty worked wonders, potty training was awesome

  93. lisa bolduc says:

    not there yet, but am thinking I will try stickers

  94. Karen Thaeter says:

    I would give them a childrns book
    to read.

  95. Katharine W says:

    Sticker rewards and praise for every time she actually did something in the toilet/potty (#1 or #2) and if #2, get 2 stickers and 1 more on the reward chart. Prize after getting full sheet of stickers = 25 stickers, the she gets a toy/prize.

  96. Patience an
    D positive feedback

  97. Joleen Marie says:

    we are heading into potty training in the next couple months. i’m so nervous!

  98. We used the 3 day method. It worked pretty well for us – it took 4 days before no accidents though. It was stressful and messy but she got it. We have had some regression lately after no accidents for more than a month but overall it has been pretty successful.

  99. Shannon Gnocato says:

    To be honest we tried with my daughter early and she would have nothing to do with it. Then, when SHE was ready she just started using the potty – but SHE had to be ready.

  100. Christy Martin says:

    Very little structure! Trying to make it fun with reading, singing and just keeping company. It is almost time for my nephew to start and I will be on the lookout for some fun potty training books that can be read.

  101. SueSueper says:

    For me it was wait until they are ready. IMO you can’t force this kind of thing on little ones.

  102. Joce Lyne says:

    my aunt gave my daughter a disney movie every time she used the toilet..she told her if she had any accidents, she would have to give a movie back…she never had an accident!! lol

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