Potty Training

Questions, tips and advice about helping your child use the big potty as well as navigate bed-wetting and accidents.

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Today

Suggestions on how to get a 2 year girl to pee in the potty?

So my 2 year old daughter has just recently wanting to sit on the potty. She has a a little potty that sits on the floor and one for the big potty. Both she is ok with sitting on. She does great sitting on them but she doesn’t go in the potty. Any suggestions on how to get her to go in the potty?

  • Anonymous
    5h ago

    I will have to try those!

  • Julie
    4h ago

    Naked method works great!!! Also take her whenever you go to pee. And when you catch her peeing and get her to the potty on time give her huge praises and dance around and celebrate. My daughter is 21 months and is semi regularly peeing and pooping on her potty, but when I keep her naked she’s 99% running and going on her own now. She gets so excited when she gets there on time. It’s all abo... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Saturday

Until how old is it ok for a child to be naked in public?

Going to a community festival that will just have portable toilets. Not a fan of those and definitely don’t want to take my 2.5 yr old inside when he has to touch everything in sight. I have the OXO 2 in 1 potty seat that I’m just planning on setting up with a plastic bag away from crowded places. Is it considered public indecency if I were to set up my son on a potty like that without closed... More

  • Emily

    I also agree with 5yo, as well. However, living in San Francisco, you see naked adult people all the time. So not sure you can really put an age limit to it. Unfortunately.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you all for your responses! @emily 🤣🤣🤣 on our last trip to SF we did see a naked guy and it was COLD!! My son spotted him first 😂


My stepdaughter has Encopresis and the doctor had us do a full clean out and follow up with bowel training accompanied by Senna and Miralax regiments. It's been a month and a half and we dont see much improvement. She still doesn't just go unless we make her sit there and actually tell her to push out poop. Anyone else ever dealt with this and at what point did you see improvement if an... More

At what age should potty training start?

  • Farrah

    My daughter just turned 1 do you think it’s too early?

  • Q

    Idk. But it never hurts to try but u gotta be consistent with the timing of the pee. And that she understands the words of your command for her to pee or poop.

Potty training ideas?

  • A

    I kind of found with my twins that when they were ready - potty training was pretty easy with very few accidents. In the beginning we had a ton of accidents but I think it was just that I was pushing them too soon. We also used what I called, “tinkle treats.” Which were gummy bears. But really I honestly think the big thing is to not stress about it and just let them do it when they are ready. ... More

  • PK

    What got my son interested in the potty was us just leaving the door open when we use the toilet. So my son has sat with me while I pooped, peed... same with my husband. And we tell him what we are doing and let him see the contents. We don’t reward him with treats for using the potty either. He just loves to flush toilets. And the rule we have is whoever’s poop or pee is in the potty gets to f... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training May 13

Potty training signs

Hi! My child is starting to take her diaper off everytime she's wet..potty training sign? What should I do next?

  • Anonymous

    Is it needed to read the whole book..what chapter does it tell you what to do??

  • Brigitte

    You don’t need to read the whole book to start. There’s only a couple chapters that lay out the plan and you can use the rest of the book to troubleshoot as needed.

I have a 6year old who is my step child and she pees herself what do I do?

My boyfriends daughter in kindergarten and she pees herself sometimes how can we stop her from that? She said she didn’t want to go to the bathroom.

  • Dlo
    May 09

    Okay I tell to do it and she starts wining and she don’t have to so want to say at least try I think she just go in and come out and said she don’t so what can I do with that

  • Joanna
    May 09

    There's another Daniel Tiger song about going potty before going out. For my 5 yo, I still reward him for good behaviors (marbles in a jar), so sometimes it's for stopping an activity and going potty. He also is more likely to go if I say I need to. And then I also tell him I can pee more than him and he hates to lose and counts really fast. When I'm desperate, I offer him a minut... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training May 02

Day 2 of potty training - tips?

So it’s day 2 of being naked. He actually made his way to the potty himself but then squatted in front of it and peed. I know roughly when he needs to pee so I’ll prompt him to sit on the toilet... and make him sit there for 3-4 min before allowing him to get up. And 10 min after that he will have an accident. I feel like he is holding it because he can’t go on a prompt. He just has to go wh... More

  • Anonymous
    May 04

    Yeah I tell him to push his penis down but he doesn’t do it on his own yet. He tried once but ended up just playing with his pee stream and it made a bigger mess. I put shorts on him today, no undies though. So far no accidents 🤞🤞🤞 I just take him to the big potty every hr and he goes. Hopefully as time goes on he can go on a bit longer stretches. One of the times I had to take him away mid a... More

  • Anonymous
    May 04

    My son appreciates warnings. If he won't go before we leave the house I tell him when we get to where we are going we are going to the potty first. It will get easier, but you just have to find a rhythm. If you know he goes every 2 hours just make sure you plan accordingly, and tell him the plan and your expectations. If my son obviously has to go but won't stop playing I say "I ca... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Apr 30

Nighttime potty training

I read the chapter on nighttime potty training in Oh Crap Potty Training and I really don’t think it will work out for us very well. My son is like me... a light sleeper. If someone wakes us up in the middle of the night, we are up for several hours before getting tired enough to fall asleep again. Knowing this and what the book recommended to wake our son up twice a night... I think it’s just ... More

  • JEaton
    Apr 30

    We used the oh crap method as well. Night training wasn't necessary for my son and we started at 23 months. He was staying dry on his own during naps so we went commando right away. For night time, we used pullups and after a month and a half went right to underwear after he was staying dry every night.

  • Vicki
    May 01

    We haven’t night trained yet but as time goes on I notice he has more and more days in a row of dry nighttime pull-ups in the morning. So I think at some point we will just stop using them, make sure he goes right before bed and see what happens. Keep in mind though that their bodies really aren’t physically ready to hold it all night consistently until around 5 years old. So there will likely... More

Potty training...

What’s some tips and clues to get a little girl potty trained. My daughter will be three next month. Is that too early?

  • Amanda
    Apr 21

    I read Oh Crap Potty training when my son was 25mo. Followed there steatevy. It took us 3 days to get from commando to underwear and now he only wears a pull up at night but half time he wakes up dry. I would recommend it.

  • JEaton
    Apr 21

    It's not too early to start. I also recommend reading the "Oh Crap! Potty Training" book by Jamie Glowacki before you even start. Your commitment to the process will be the most important way to set her up for success. I did this with my 23 month old son and he's doing great and he just turned 2.

Bathroom issues

So my daughter is almost 3 and is very stubborn and strong willed. It had taken her a very long time to get potty trained and has been doing really good the past 3 weeks. But when it comes to going number 2 she has a hard time. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that she’s scared to go in the potty even though she had before or if it’s the fact that she’s holding it in but she has not gone in now 3 ... More

  • Amanda
    Apr 18

    I’m in the same boat my daughter turned 3 Monday and refuses to poop in the potty. She goes out of her way to not poop at all. She lays on her belly crosses her legs and flexes her butt cheeks! She still goes a little bit a day but it’s forced. Trying my best to not make such a huge deal to the point of everyone being miserable.

Potty training?

When is a good age to begin potty training? My 1 1/2 year old seems interested when we use the restroom 🚽 not sure if it’s too early to start? She’s walking and trying to talk. Any advice?

  • Kitty's
    Apr 16

    Start now she walking and talking

  • JEaton
    Apr 19

    It's not too early to start. I recommend reading the "Oh Crap! Potty Training" book by Jamie Glowacki before you even start. Your commitment to the process will be the most important way to set her up for success. I did this with my 23 month old son and he's doing great!

Potty training

Any suggestions on how to potty train a 19 month baby boy?

  • JEaton
    Apr 15

    The "oh crap potty training" method is great and the book is an easy read. I read that before starting anything. We started my son at 23 months and it's been going really well!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 17

    Has anyone tried "diaper free time" in carpeted apartment. How did you do it? I want to let my 18 months old start to learn but don't know how to manage the "mess" in a house full of carpet.

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Apr 13

Mattress protection

My 4.5 year old is still wearing Pull Ups to bed at night and I am so over it. What is the best way to protect his mattress while we transition from Pull Ups to underwear only at bedtime? We have a mattress pad that goes under the sheet, but I know I will need more protection than that. Thanks all!

  • Joy
    Apr 15

    There are plastic zip on covers for all size of mattresses. To save my mattresses I have one on each bed. I hope it helps.

Alicia posted in Behavior Apr 09

Trouble with potty training my 3.5 year old (youngest of 3 boys)

So my first son instantly transitioned from diapers to undies, with no accidents whatsoever.. not even overnight! I was hoping to have him potty trained at 2.5 before my second was born, but he was good to go before turning 3!! My second, I started potty training at 2, but he just loved his diapers, he knew what he was doing just wasn’t ready to let go of the diapers, and again, by 3, he was on... More

  • CJ
    Apr 12

    Mine just turned 4 and just pooped in the potty twice in one week. Might be the biggest thrill of my life. Just breathe, and tell yourself that if it never happens you can always get adult diapers at the store. Just kidding. He’ll get it. I put my kid in a preschool that accepts kids who aren’t potty trained and I think that helped. Also, the rewards got bigger for pooping in the potty... Toys... More

  • CJ
    Apr 12

    (Also, I tried everything posted here and more so much more... I got to the frustration point where I had to defer to his father to handle him when he had an accident because I was pulling my hair out and I knew that my crazy wasn’t helping... I took a step back. Remember to be nice not nuts and it’s often nicest to disengage. If you’re the only grown up, see what I said about adult diapers.)

What age did you begin potty training?

  • Ian
    Apr 10

    Our daughter was over 3 when we finally buckled down and got it done. That was after two attempts months earlier. This is the time that you should potty train: when it works for you. :)

  • Anonymous

    We started on accident when my daughter was about 7.5m mainly because she was constipated. It was easier for her to poop on the toilet rather than her diaper. Now she’s 9m and only goes poop in her diaper when we cannot her to a toilet. She also loves to pee in the toilet too. She’s gotten used to it and we cheer her on every time. If we put her on and she doesn’t need to she will let us know s... More

Potty training- poop help!!

My kiddo (turning 3 at the end of the month) has been doing great with peeing on the potty. He typically either tells me he has to go or goes to the bathroom and pees independently. Always in underwear except for nap/nighttime. Poop is a whole other issue- he was really constipated a few months back and ever since then won’t initiate poop. I typically sit him down before his nap and before bedt... More

  • Mimi
    Apr 05

    Same here... That and starting daycare at 2.5 years old... Anyways peeing was okay but pooping in the toilet took a while for us too, I read somewhere that they felt like it was part of their body leaving them or something so it scares them. I don't have any advice besides consistently remind him. How long has it been? It took maybe a month for us to get it down. Mine is fully potty trained... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Apr 01

Son is afraid to poop

My 4.5 y/o son has been potty trained since he was three. He was always regular up until recently when he had a few days of constipation which lead to a painful BM and some diaper rash and soreness, possibly a hemorrhoid. The constipation is gone but for the last three weeks he has been afraid to go poop because he thinks it will hurt. So now he holds it as long as he possibly can. It’s becomin... More

  • Christa
    Apr 03

    I was actually recently reading about this whole pooping issue. And what the article - I can’t remember the name other wise I’d post it- said with children that are afraid to poop, tell them that the longer they hold it the worse it will hurt, so it’s better to go when you feel like you have too. Also I give my son prunes, or orange juice when he’s not wanting to poop. I find it helps keep him ... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Mar 29

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!

  • 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.

Potty training question

Lately my son has been showing signs of potty training readiness. He wakes up dry, hates being in dirty diapers and wet ones sometimes, loves sitting on his potty and can take his clothes off. He hasn't gone on the potty but we did put one in the bathroom for him to get used to. My problem is we have a lot going on so we are not home all day. We are home after we take my daughter to school ... More

  • Jess
    Apr 01

    Start now! If he’s ready he’s ready. So what if he has accidents bring extra clothes with you everywhere. I can tell you not having to buy so many diapers ( only 1 a day now) is such a joy!

  • Ellie
    Apr 01

    We take my son out and put underwear on and then a diaper on top of the underwear then his pants. We bring extra underwear in case he has an accident but whenever we go to the store or anywhere as soon as we get there I take him potty and before we leave I take him again. It’s a hassle but he’s doing very good so far and is almost fully potty trained.

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