Monday, July 28, 2014

Potty Training: What Worked for us

Potty training is one of those things that every parent dreads. Sure, it's great amazing once they are potty trained but trying to potty train can be a nightmare. We struggled with potty training for over a year. Trying off and on when he was two and a half, he just didn't want anything to do with it. I felt like he was going to be in high school wearing diapers. I'd be the mom that had to follow him to school to change his diaper every few hours. OK, maybe I freaked out a little bit, worrying that it was never going to happen. He just didn't seem to care, he was perfectly content in wearing his diaper.

I know that my child is not the only out there that didn't potty train till a little later on and I also know there are other mom's out there that felt just like I did. Here are my tips for potty training your toddler. These all worked for us, every kid is different so some tips work better than others for each kid.

1. That first time going on the potty is so important. It helps them realize what they're supposed to be doing when they sit on the potty. Since our son was over 3 when he was potty trained, he didn't fit onto his baby potty anymore. We had him sit on the regular toilet just like the rest of us. I think that helped some too because he felt like a big boy.

One morning we decided to take him to the bathroom first thing in the morning, as soon as he woke up. My husband brought in some books and sat there with him for about 30 minutes, until he heard the tinkling noises of my son using the potty. He let him know that he was going to the bathroom on the big boy potty. After that my son got excited and kept letting us know when he had to go pee.

2. We used a potty chart. I know not everybody agrees with giving prizes and using a potty chart but it worked for us. We made a chart up with 10 slots across and it had 5 rows. Every time he went pee on the potty he got 1 sticker, if he pooped he got 2. After the 10 stickers he would get a prize. Then we would continue on to do 10 more stickers and he would get the next prize. The prizes we offered were a McDonald's Happy Meal, Ice Cream, A small toy, A bigger toy and a trip to Chuck E Cheese was the big prize. We had him pick out what stickers he wanted to use for his chart which also helped get him excited.

3. Asking him if he had to go was another thing that helped. After about a week he started telling us he had to go on his own but not always. He still had an accident here and there. So I would ask him every hour if he needed to go. This helped remind him that he was in his big boy undies and to not pee in them.

4. Let your toddler choose the underwear they want to buy. We let our son pick out a pack of underwear with superheros on it because that is his obsession right now. He loves picking out what pair to wear each morning.

He still has an accident here and there but for the most part he is potty trained. We do put him in a diaper at nights but are getting ready to stop doing that because he always wakes up with a dry diaper.

I hope this helps some of you out and just know that your little one will be potty trained eventually! And no, he wont go to high school in diapers.

Thanks for reading and good luck! What are you tips for potty training your toddlers?



  1. I have a boy and a girl, and would say that girls were DEFINITELY easier. My daughter potty trained around 2, son took his time. But, I would say the biggest tip is that it will happen sooner, or later. I didn't stress out too much on it, and I certainly didn't stress them out about it.

    Thrifting Diva

    1. Good tips, it definetly wouldn't be good to stress them out! Yea I've always heard girls are much easier and quicker to potty train.