Potty Training

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

Potty problems

My oldest is 5 and will not use public restrooms because a couple years ago she was on one and it flushed while she was sitting there and scared her. Now she’s afraid to use any type of potty other than the ones like at home. We finally got her to use the silver lever ones you push with you foot because that’s what her school has but it took an accident to happen at school for that to use it a... More

  • Ivy
    Yesterday

    My son was also a victim to those auto flush toilets! He’s 3 now and still won’t use one... the thing is, I don’t think he even remembers why he won’t even go in a public restroom. I heard though, that if you can find a family restroom that has a tiny toilet besides a big toilet, it may encourage them to try it.

  • Amanda
    5h ago

    Thank you!! Definitely going to try the post it’s. She is pretty much traumatized so anything else I’ve tried never works! It took me forever to get her to even use the stick lever potty’s. Hasn’t been easy with how much traveling we’ve had to do!

Potty training

Hello ladies, my three year old will not go to the potty she keeps saying she doesn’t want to use it and if I sit her on it she won’t do anything. Does anyone have suggestions on potty training?

  • Carla
    Yesterday

    I have a 3 year old son first time trying he was 2 and like 4 months and nothing he was scared of the sound when you would flush ( I didn’t want to do the little toilet since is lots of work to clean :/ ) well I tried for like 2 weeks and my friend told me just to stop if not he was gonna get traumatized well few months later he was taking his diaper off and walking around with it so I told him... More

  • Jen
    6h ago

    My daughter is 3yrs, birthday in July. She wasn’t quite ready to use the potty. We had a little potty (she played with) she didn’t like it much. But the middle of October, her dad told her no more toys if he has to buy diapers. So, every time she would “try” she got a little toy, when she actually went, she got a bigger toy. If, she went all day with no accidents, we would take her to the store... More

My daughter just turned 1, is too early to start potty training her? should I wait till later?

  • Sara
    38m ago

    Not at all My parents and my aunt started all of us at 1 yrs

  • Valerie
    36m ago

    Get the book, “oh crap! Potty training” it’s well worth the savings in diapers! Yes, there are some puddles for 2-6 days depending on your child and your vigilance. It took my son about 3 weeks to be predictable in his communication/ him walking to the bathroom himself. The only tricky thing is going out in public, he will announce he needs to “go” and I need to find a bathroom pretty quickly, ... More

Potty

My son is 2.5 and having problems potty training. I have basically no clue what I’m doing. We try to get him to sit on toddler and adult potty and he just says no most of the time now. He started off fine and got worse. He will however do it when he’s at his grandparents house. I don’t get it. Any advise would be great thank you

  • Azucena
    Yesterday

    Just have patients on yourself and your son. It’s a learn and grow experience. This was my sons 1st time seeing a potty 😍😅

  • Jen
    6h ago

    Have u tried the “boy” potty?

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Sunday

Sensory processing and potty training.

Any tips or tricks on how to get a 3 year old to poop on the potty. He can sit there for half an hour and not poop but the second he’s off the potty he goes in his underwear or pull up. He pees just fine on the potty

  • Christina
    Monday

    Big toilet or little potty? Some kids can’t go in the big one because of sitting and not bracing feet on anything or not being in a squat position. The splash also bothers some kids. It’s also a matter of catching them sometimes and getting them to a potty before they go. The sensation of pooping takes longer to figure out because they don’t poop 5 times a day.

  • Lindsey
    Monday

    We also changed out our toilet seat which has a smaller one included for training purposes. And we added a foldable bench we got from $5 below if that helps

Potty training

We are thinking of starting potty training for my 18th month old and was wondering what everyone used? Potty chair, seat for your toilet , or the seat with steps?

  • Christina
    Monday

    All the little potties. We have 3 around our house. They can go independently which is one key (other being able to get pants up and down independently). Also have an oxo tot travel potty for car/putting on regular toilet when out of house.

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    We used the toilet seat insert at home AND little potty chairs in the trunk of the car and on the patio. When out and about I just held the kids on the big public toilet. If you are doing a method where they have to sit on the toilet for a long time, a chair will be more comfortable for them. If you’re doing a method where you’re helping them learn their body’s “gotta go” feeling and racing t... More

Potty training

Talk to me about potty training. I have tried doing it and when I feel like I’m onto something we regress. When prompted (continuously!) she will use the potty. But if not she would have accidents. Which only means she is still in pull ups! We’ve tried stickers we’ve tried sweets. I am at a loss of techniques. She will be three in October

  • Kelley
    Sunday

    The book potty training: oh crap potty training is a great book

  • Shian
    Monday

    We used a potty watch for our daughter. Really inexpensive on Amazon, it’ basically a programmable alarm to remind her and you that it’s time to go, reinforced with a sticker chart where she earned prizes for going 5 times.

About to begin potty training my soon to be 2 year old. Any tips?

  • Niashya
    Saturday

    Wow. Thanks Emily. That is so creative! Thanks Samantha. He’s been telling me when he goes in his pamper. So I took that as him being ready. The reward system sounds promising. Thanks for the tips!

  • Lisa
    Sunday

    Niashya I would just pick his favorite food. We got my son potty trained with grapes. 1 grape for pee, 2 for poop. He loved it and was not hyped up on candy!!

FTM and need help on potty training my 2yr old son.

He’s used his potty to pee but won’t poo! And once I try putting underwear on him he will just pee in them. Not sure if I should just let him be naked which he usually goes to his potty and pees but he also just realized he has a pee pee so he’s always touching it. Always!! Help

  • Ashley
    Monday

    Whats the oh crap method? I tottaly need help with this too

  • Ashley
    Monday

    It’s a book. There’s also an audio version. The author is funny and it’s an easy/quick read. You only need to read a few chapters to start- the rest is for specifically troubleshooting certain things so you only read what applies to you.

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Friday

Preschooler won't pee in school's toilet!

My 4 year old son just started his second year of preschool. He had an accident the first day and the teachers said he was too nervous to go in the bathrooms to pee. It's been 2 weeks now, my son has been accident free, but I get to the school early every day and see him sitting on a chair instead of with his classmates on the rug. He did have the accident on the rug, and when I asked th... More

  • Bee
    Friday

    Talk to the principal and express your concerns

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    Talk to the teacher and explain to her that it is your job to potty train, not hers. Unless he is overtly asking for help, she should not be toilet training the children. It is not in a preschool curriculum to teach a child how to use a restroom. I would have this conversation along with the director/principal present. If your wishes aren’t met, change preschools.

Regression or jealousy?

My 3yr old was doing so great on the potty and now he wants to be the baby (like his 1 yr old sister). We had to go back to diapers!!! He’s whining, throwing tantrums, screaming, and not using the potty. Any tips?

  • Bri
    Thursday

    Just make sure u give him seperate big boy and mommy time apart from the time with him and the baby.

  • Katie
    Friday

    Talk it out, do the one weekend of naked time (just let him be without pants all day), and promise him an activity only for big boys. For example my daughter wanted to go to “dance clap” but I told her she couldn’t go because only big girls that use the potty all the time can go. She stopped wanting to be the baby real fast.

Potty training advice.

My older two were so easy to potty train. My third is being a little boogie about it. Lol. So...when she is at my house, she goes on the potty with absolutely no problem, when she is at dads (grandma lives there too) it’s like the potty has become a nuisance to her. They seem to be going about it in the same way I am, so I’m not sure why she has such a hard time at daddy’s house. Any advice?

  • Lisa
    Sep 19

    If it is possible for you to hang out at their house for the day or at least an afternoon it could help. My MIL I had major issues with because she thought my son was too young to potty train, so her intonation made him realize she didn’t like him going and he always had accidents there. I had to limit her access to him till I could get him far enough along then she had limited time with him,... More

  • Diana
    Sep 20

    They don’t do it the same then. Somthjng is bothering her. Maybe they’re shaming her or give too much reaction if she misses the potty?

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Sep 19

what to do with the diaper

my 3-year-old son has not left his diaper. In December, he will be 4 years old. He only did one time in his toilet, but afterwards he did not want to, I press him a little more than I should?

  • Stefanie
    Sep 19

    Get rid of the diapers all together... Potty chart all the way!! No actual reward just a sticker for a job well done! A lot of praise ,clapping, jumping up and down make them feel like "Yes I can do this!" Worked like a charm for my stubborn sourpatch son! Took 2weeks of consistency and a few accidents later. He was completely potty trained before 3yrs old. My daughter on the other ... More

  • Diana
    Sep 20

    Let him be without a diaper. How can he understand how his muscles work and what’s going on if every time he pees, he stays dry? Kid is confused

Skiddies! When you’re fed up with poopy undies!

Product recommendation! Skiddies! Background: my son is 4 and on the spectrum. When school started last month we backslid on potty training. He’s been peeing in the potty since the spring but pooping was a horse of a different color. Instead of pooping in the potty he would hold it and hold it and only let a small poop nugget out in his underpants and then come to us and say “wipe my butt!”... More

  • Anne
    Sep 19

    This is very relevant to my interests! We are having a similar problem so I will check it out!

Potty training tips??

I noticed my daughter is more comfortable in our bathroom and always asks me to sit her on the toilet. She says she has to pee but never actually does. After a couple of min of just sitting there and me trying to encourage her to go, she just grabs some toilet paper, wipes, gets off and flushes and is happy about it. But I can’t get her to actually go in the toilet. I haven’t really tried to bu... More

  • Suzy
    Sep 18

    I’d wait it out kids go when they are ready! My daughter started doing this around her second birthday (july) and was fully potty trained by September. we’ve had not even 6 accidents since she was done with diapers last September. Just be patient, you’re almost there!

Night time pull ups

My daughter is 3 and will be 4 at the end of November. I was wondering how do I transition her off of the pull up at night. She has been daytime potty trained since she was 2 1/2 but I just can’t keep her consistent at night with not peeing. Any tips or tricks?

  • Amanda
    Sep 18

    Thank you everyone for your help. I think I’m Going to try to wake her up every night to pee in the middle the night

  • Tiffani
    Friday

    For both of my sons I just let them sleep in underwear. I realize they were going pee after they woke up for the day. So I let them pee in their bed. After one time of wetting the bed they stopped. Both were 100% potty trained by 2.

Potty training my 3 year old

He's still having trouble doing it. Peeing is fine, it's the other he needs help with.

  • Noel
    Sep 17

    I haven't been through this yet but a tip from a friend is to take them often. Like set a timer, maybe 2 hours, and when it goes off take them to the potty and have them sit there a while. You can sit on your own toilet too. Keep doing this over and over again and celebrate loudly if it happens. But make him stay on the potty for as long as you can. If it doesn't happen, just set the timer again.

  • Merangelis
    Sep 17

    I had potty lollipops or chocolates. When she did the number 2 she would get one and we would celebrate a lot! Worked like a charm. She got it in about 2 weeks.

Potty Problems

My son is 9 months and ever since we started solids he has had some trouble going poop. I’ve changed his formula and everything seems to be going good but I noticed that he is now holding in his poop! He is holding in his poop to the point where I had to give him a suppository for the first time. I continue to do prune juice/apply juice, increased his water intake, & made constipation purée... More

  • Lucy
    Sep 17

    When we started solids with my daughter, her poop was very hard and dry so we started feeding her prunes every day, multiple times a day. It helped a lot, also we would do leg exercises and belly rubs so maybe that could help.

  • Marzena
    Sep 17

    My daughter is 4 years old know, she always had constipation, I use to give her apple juice, and Polish tea for kids that helped her go it worked on my daughter

Help With Potty Training

Hello my name is Ashton and I new to Winnie! My question is how do I help my oldest son who is 6 with his potty training? He's on the spectrum of autism and his number 2s is giving him some real trouble! His number 1s are perfect! He always hides when he does his number 2s and doesn't ask for help because he does feel a lot of pain and discomfort and just holds it in and waits to m... More

Can’t get my son to use the potty more.

I work at a daycare with my son and we are all working on him using the potty. He does a better job there but on the weekends depending on how busy we are he wear diapers but of not I have been putting him in undies with his pants on so he can feel being wet. So far he’s pooped in them. He knows he’s pooping by the way. He goes in the corner and always misses it. Or he tells daycare he pooped. ... More

  • Lisa
    Sep 17

    First off, NEVER USE A DIAPER AGAIN!! You are confusing him and making it harder for him to understand he has to use the toilet now to go potty. Second, I got my son to go poop in the potty by watching for his usual poop potty dance and literally running to his toddler potty with him when he started to do it. Is there a higher motivation prize? Something he likes even better than gummies? ... More

  • Efren
    Sep 17

    There are several things you can do to help. First off, you can model the behavior, when YOU are having to use the restroom, make a big deal out of it, act excited going to the restroom and announce it out loud so that everyone hears or at least to him, (maybe even a song and dance). Also, celebrate when you’re finished and make it an even bigger deal! Have everyone else in the household do the... More

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