Potty Training

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

How did you potty train?

Effective ways to potty train?

Playing in his pee...

I'm starting to potty train my 21 month old son. We are using a toilet insert on a regular toilet and he has no problem going pee, but every time he goes he sticks his hands in his pee stream. I've tried telling him no, holding his hands to the side. Yes, it's sterile in and of itself, but he then touches his face or tries putting his fingers in his mouth. Gross! Any suggestio... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    I would probably just let him do it for now. The novelty will wear off soon enough, and if it gets him to go to the potty then great! I would worry about negative associations with the potty, so not that you shouldn't tell him not to, but it wouldn't be good if he decides peeing in the toilet is a bad thing. Kind of like how you don't shame them for their poop smelling bad, otherwis... More

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    Oops have I been poop shaming ny toddler?

Potty training

My 25 month old was doing pretty okay with potty training. He started saying he needs to poop every time he needed to poop so I wasn’t cleaning poopie diapers or accidents for awhile but lately he doesn’t tell me he poops on his pull up. He didn’t poop for like two days because he was sick and really didn’t eat much maybe he forgot through out those days? Has this happen to any other mom? Any a... More

  • Valerie
    Thursday

    It happens (no poop for a couple of days) Take the pull-ups away and he’ll be back to toilet pooping.

Potty training an autistic boy

My son is 4 and I am going to try potty training again. We have tried sitting him on the potty when he wakes up dry but he just cries and holds it and asked for the diaper. Would it be better to get him one of those kid Potts? What has everyone else found that is successful?

  • Ivy
    Jan 16

    My son is HFA and was potty trained a year ago (before we had him diagnosed). After doing great, he really began regressing and would refuse to pee first thing in the morning and would wet himself while eating breakfast or wherever. Soooo frustrating because I knew he was holding it in!!! Eventually I had to do bribery with a sticker chart and treats. A month later, he got off the reward syste... More

  • Ivy
    Jan 16

    We also have a baby doll and we “change” it’s diaper. I tell him diapers are for the little babies and he’s a big boy now, so he needs to use the toilet. That helped him ditch the diaper idea

Potty Training

My daughter is 26 months and will walk up to the potty and pull down her pants, but she has already gone in her diaper. Her daycare is against pull ups, but I bought some of the Huggies Cool to learn pull ups that have a cooling sensation when wet. I want to try them on her for a few weekends with a potty watch to alter us to try to potty frequently to see if it clicks with her that she has to ... More

  • Valerie
    Jan 15

    Get rid of all diapers and diaper-like products. Go naked tushie for a long weekend. Only put pants on when she’s reliable without pants. Only put undies on when she’s reliable in pants. Yes. It’s a weird order, but pants are looser than undies and don’t give her the security of something on her booty to catch pee/poo. It took my 19 month old son about 10 days to graduate to undies

  • Toni
    Saturday

    Our daughter started training herself before two. I actually had to try to hold her off until she turned two. She has older siblings. But we basically got rid of the dippers and just put her in thick Gerber cotton panties and took her to the bathroom 15-20 after eating and once and hour. She wore them to daycare and everywhere. Took about a week or two for her us to feel comfortable. But she to... More

Potty training tips for a 2nd old

I'm starting to potty train my two-year-old. I figured since she hates her diaper changed now, she might be ready to start potty training. So I'm wondering what other ppl do to maybe hurry along the pee? Lol I sat in the bthrm for an hr waiting w her last night.

  • Becky
    Jan 14

    Try a book? Turn on the sink water? Lots of fluids to drink? Try to potty after every meal and before bath. With my son I could fan a bit of air on his penis while he sat and that encouraged him to pee 😂 must have trigger a primal instinct of peeing outside in the wind 😜😜😜

  • Valerie
    Jan 14

    The book “oh crap potty training “ we were done in 10 days

Anonymous posted in Behavior Jan 13

4 y.o pooped on the floor!

Disciplining my 4 y.o has been an uphill battle. She throws tantrums and just won't listen. I have not always been stern on following through with my "threats". Most punishments are just time in time out until the yelling and stomping stops. Today enough was enough. I took her phone and she got no dessert. Shortly after I went in her room to check on her only to be welcomed by a ... More

  • T
    Jan 14

    By the way, I wanted to say that what works for us with the jingle bell token reward system was suggested to me by a childhood developmental psychiatrist.

  • Toni
    Saturday

    123 Magic book worked for us. Make her clean up every last bit of that poop as well. We had to make our son clean his poop up. He got tired of it after about a week and stopped pooping in his drawers...he was about 4.

A posted in Potty Training Jan 13

Potty training a boy

So I’ve been thinking ahead( unfortunately it’s like a disease lol) and am wondering what are your thoughts on potty training a boy? Do we get a seat for toilet or one of the potty seats and graduate up to that. When we potty trained my niece we went froggy potty and then she started using the big one the way it was - we never even thought to get her a seat for it.... what are your thoughts and... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Jan 11

Nighttime potty training

My 4 year old has been potty trained since he was 2 1/2 years old but we still can’t nail down the nighttime training. He wears pull ups and soaks them through some nights and other nights I’ll have to strip the bed because he leaks onto the sheets. I do not feel comfortable taking his water cup away at bedtime as I would not like it if that was done to me. The air here is very dry in the winte... More

  • Crystal
    Jan 12

    I would deff cut back on the water.. maybe get a humidifier if the air is that dry.

  • Toni
    Saturday

    I used to cut back on liquids two hours before bed. If his throat is dry try a humidifier in the room instead of the water cup or reduce the amount of water in the cup. Maybe wake him up at night to use the bathroom. We used to have our kids remove the sheets and remake the bed when they have an accident. Our three year old can make her toddler bed

Katie posted in Behavior Jan 10

Stool withholding

My LO turned 3 in October and is really good about telling us when he has to go potty. Typically when he tells us and goes on the potty, he pees. He has pooped on the potty before, but I guess he doesn’t remember because he seems to hold it in. He will go in his pants than tell us he has to poop in the potty. Who had felt with this problem and what did you do to overcome it? It seems to be a cy... More

  • Ivana
    Jan 10

    We had the exact same issue with our two and a half year old daughter. What’s working for us now is taking her to the potty just before nap time every day and I give her 10 mins on the potty with a couple of her fave books, I walk away and tell her it’s time to poop in the potty and mommy will be right here putting the laundry away in your basket. I guess sometimes they need the privacy and les... More

  • Kim
    Jan 10

    Our LO was terrified to poop after a bad experience at her daycare. We rewarded her pooping (even in her undies) with a sticker or chocolate chip. If she went a big poop on the potty she was praised and given 1/8c or so of chocolate chips. This got her looking forward to a reward instead of being fearful. If you don’t think it is fear then I wouldn’t reward the pooping in pants, just on potty. ... More

Potty tips

My son who will be 3 in April has been daytime potty trained for a few months- did great, picked it up so quick and self initiated for both pee and poop. Now, poop is iffy- sometimes he will do it in the toilet, other times he holds it for his nap time pull-up. Just looking for some tips in what I can do to help him get back to self initiating poop. Thanks in advance :)

  • Jessica
    Jan 10

    Yeah I was thinking of ditching the pull-ups and see what happens.. today he pooped on the potty before his nap so idk he’s so up and down with it. I don’t have a little potty- I’ve only used the potty insert. I actually just got a copy of the Oh Crap from the library so I’ll have to read it and hope it gives me some tips.. thanks for responding

  • Jessica
    Jan 10

    Ligia- I have also done that with my sons poop so he sees that it belongs in the potty... ugh potty training is so hard...

When did you start potty training & any tips/advice/recommendations?

Yes my son just turned 1 yrs old but I’m getting curious about how early can we start potty training? I heard somewhere that you can start before they turned 2 yrs old. Also, there are some daycares who prefer potty trained toddlers. Any tips, advice & recommendations about potty training? Thanks!

  • Christa
    Jan 08

    We had that same issue, and got a potty chair- and he poop without trouble. He’s funny, if he does poop his training pants, he feels so bad. And he won’t go in them, unless he gets busy playing and forgets to ask!! I take a potty seat with us, in my diaper bag- and when we are out and about, he uses it on the big potty to go!!! I’ve had HUGE success with Elimination Communication. I think of i... More

  • Kristin
    Jan 08

    Thank you everyone! Really appreciate your comments, I guess it’s up to me & my husband when we think it’s time to start potty training, but at least we got a heads up from all of you!

How 2 get a 4 yr old boy 2 poop in the potty instead of his pull up?

  • Carolina
    Jan 08

    Mmm... bribery? It worked with my 2 yo. We tried all different strategies. We brought him Into the bathroom with us, and talk how mommy and daddy don’t need diapers since they go on the toilet, have his potty right across ours and invite him to join us.. (I know it sounds crazy!! But it eventually did work) what really was a turning point was when baby sister sat on the potty, (she had no ide... More

💩 question

My 7month old was on breast milk and only pooped 2x a wk. which is ok for breast feed babies. But As of Saturday She has been strictly on formula and hasn’t 💩 yet. Wondering how long it will take for her to start 💩? I’ve tried some stuff but no luck in getting her to 💩. I think she needs to go because when I put her on the toilet to potty she tried to 💩 but Starts crying and wants to stand li... More

  • Amanda
    Jan 08

    For some reason my kids like to prove me wrong in anyway. So if I say they are doing something they will do the opposite. But I have to tell someone other then family or it doesn’t work. It’s so funny. My older kids will be doing something I don’t wan them to do and I just tell someone then they just stop.

  • Julie
    Jan 08

    Love it. I’m going to come on here and discuss my daughters constipation the next time it happens!! lol

Potty Training 😬

This week my 2 year old daughter is potty training. Any tips or suggestions?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 07

    Drink some wine at bedtime. If you don’t drink wine have some chocolate in a bubble bath at the end of the day 😂😂 get take out or some Costco frozen foods. Let the cleaning go. The biggest one. Be consistent!! Don’t give up!! Even if it seems like it’s not working try a different approach but don’t give up!! You got this momma!

  • Andrea
    Jan 07

    If you get into a slump or find she needs extra motivation get her a potty story book. It’s helping my son right now stay motivated... he loves me reading it to him while he tries to go. They have many different ones on amazon 😊

Potty training

My daughter is 18 months. I would like to start potty training but I am not sure how to go about it.

  • Jeremy
    Jan 06

    A schedule. Put her on the potty with a book or something the same times everyday......i tried for every other hr but thats next to impossible unless you stay home all day every day lol

Potty training

My son is doing great on day 4 of potty training...however he’s having trouble pulling down his undies in time, so we’ve been letting him go free! Any tips or tricks to help him with this? Also, just curious what parents do early on when leaving the house. Do you put them in undies? Pull ups? Travel potty? And pooping on the potty tips greatly appreciated as well! TIA!

  • Ivy
    Jan 04

    We started out butt naked at home. When we went out, we put the potty in the car and made him go at home before leaving the house. Also avoided liquids while out, until he got better at telling us

Early potty training.

I’ve started putting my 7 month old on the potty and she will pee almost every time and she has been pooping in the toilet the last 3 out of 4 times she has pooped. I feel like she actually is trying to go potty when I put her on the toilet. Has anyone done this early and what was you routine of time you took your baby to the potty? Would love some info on it?

  • Ameena
    Jan 03

    Look up communication elimination on YouTube. There’s a lady named Andrea Olson and she gives really good info if u want to train babies to go potty. I’m attempting to practice with my one year old as well. They give u ques (since they can’t speak yet) that u can watch for when they need to go.

  • Valerie
    Jan 03

    Yep. We started with catching poops around 4 months because he was predictable in his pooping routine. My sons has been pooping in the toilet consistently from 12 months. We did pee pee potty training around 19 months. He’s 23 months now and dry except for 1-2 pee accidents per week

Andrea posted in Behavior Jan 03

4 YO and Accidents

Looking for any tips, tricks or advice... my very potty trained 4 year old has been having quite a few accidents lately. He gets too excited or focused on things and either forgets, or outright refuses to acknowledge that he has to go and then by the time it’s dire, there’s no time and he doesn’t make it to the bathroom. We’ll pick up on his mannerisms and recognize that he has to go and try to... More

  • Jeremy
    Jan 03

    Im going through it with my four year old. He just recently starting wetting the bed at night too. He has been potty trained for about a year and has been doing great. This is a new thing and im hoping its just a phase

  • Kim
    Jan 06

    Oh man. We are here with my 3.5 year old. At home she’s doing better and will call “time out!!” So we stop playing so she doesn’t miss anything,but out or with other kids, she’s just taking it to the most extreme place she can get and is wettingherself o the way to the toilet Anyone have advice or willshe just eventually be embarrassed enough from Peeing in front of her friends that she will... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Jan 03

Potty training

My mom bought a really cute potty for my son. He’s going to be a year old pretty soon and I’ve occasionally started potty training him but I haven’t been consistent at it. Sometimes he goes poo very quietly and by the time I get him in the potty he’s already pood in his diaper. He doesn’t quite understand that potty is for poo yet probably cause I’m not very consistent with him and that’s on m... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 03

    He’s super young. Is he telling you when he has to go? Otherwise it’s fine to train, just know you’re going to have to recognize the signs and take him. Doubtful he’s old enough to recognize the signs himself or to control his bladder

  • Anonymous
    Jan 03

    He always tugs at his diaper and literally hates it. He always tries to take it off. He pooped once in the toilet but that was it. I just wanted to start doing it when he goes poop not pee cause he pees to often still.

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