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What are your best potty training tips?


Working with my 23 month old. We're 3 weeks in and have various challenges occurring. Some days it's resistance and most days he just won't release on the potty. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks!

  • Amanda
    Apr 01

    How are you going about it? We did Oh Crap method for the most part. It's pretty adjustable. After the first no pants day my son picked up on it pretty quick. Now the only accidents he has are when he can't get to the potty in time. Such as we are at a store or the worst is all the stalls are full. He can hold it for a minute or two but when he says he has to go he means it.

  • Hannah
    Apr 01

    The book “Potty Training in 3 days” works!

  • Hannah
    Apr 01

    Don’t go back and forth with potty training, it is very confusing for toddlers. Definitely make a plan that you and your partner (if you have one) agree on and stay consistant, you both have to be on the same page and that goes for anyone else involved in caring for him! I read “Potty Training in Three Days” and it worked! The book says to ditch the diapers WITH your kid so that they understand that diapers are no longer an option. Me and my daughter went around collecting all of her diapers and “threw them away” and it was actually fun and we made it seem like a very exciting thing to do (the diapers were actually just put into a clean trash bag and were donated haha), but you get the point. Yes there will be accidents (honestly kids bladders are small and one pee isn’t that much) but having accidents is inevitable and just unfortunately one of the things that comes with having a kid😩 but that is also literally how you train them!👌🏼 Catching them mid-accident is PRIME TIME for teaching! You will give him new cool panties with a print of something that he likes on them and tell him that “these are your big boy panties! Isn’t that exciting!? So now you need to keep these dry and poop and pee in the toilet like big kids do.” No pants and only panties those first three days, no tv or highly distracting things, keep your eyes on him as much as possible (accidents happen fast), learn his potty cues, give him frequent bathroom reminders/reminding him to keep panties dry, don’t take no for an answer because “pooping and peeing in our panties isn’t an option” and you need to be PUSHING LIQUIDS all day until an hour or two before bed time! The more they have to pee the more opportunity you will have to teach!🤗 And when an accident does happen (which it will) you pick him up as fast as you can and run him to the bathroom while saying “uh oh! pee goes in the potty not in our panties!” Keeping positive and not showing frustration is super important too, or else they will associated the bathroom with those feeling and that’s never good. For positive example: “uh oh! See how your panties are all wet now? Mickey Mouse Doesn’t like to get peed on, that’s icky. So next time we need to do our best to keep our panties dry and pee in the toilet not our panties.” Always thank them for sitting on the potty and trying and that you still love them. Also... pull ups are a big no no and children can’t even tell the difference between a pull up and a diaper... they literally feel the same. However you may need them for naps and bed time until his bladder is fully developed and trained to hold pee. They have little to no control over accidents while they are sleeping and that just comes differently with each kid and where their body is in development. That being said.... as little wear time in a pull up as possible, so only put it on right before they go to sleep and take it off right after they wake up. Extra tips: • Use the actual toilet with a potty training seat on it, not One of those little special toilets otherwise that’s a whole other issue to try and get rid of down the road (and it’s just more mess for you to clean.)😷 •Tell him it’s time to go potty, don’t ask him if he needs to... unless you are just asking if his panties are still dry. •Have him go before and after meals, sleep and travel. •Get him a stepping stool. •Exciting drinks to encourage fluid intake. •Sticker chart helped us! • Stay positive! Good luck and stay strong! Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 01

    Yes. Thank you. A lot of what we've been doing. Been using the "oh crap" method. We have turned a corner since this post. Still no poop other than during nap. Pee is going in the potty now with regular prompting. Found a tip from the author about pouring warm water over his boy parts to help with his fear of release. It's working! Hopefully we won't have to do that forever....

  • Libertad
    Apr 02

    As everything with kids... routines. Potty training after meals and before going to bed.

  • T
    Apr 11

    WAIT until they’re ready. Not just going by what books, other parents, or kids are doing. Take your time. It’s not like they’ll be wearing diapers in middle school.