Potty Training Tips & Tricks

Last month I shared my frustration with the whole potty situation. We’ve been trying to teach our son to use the potty and have had very little success. In an effort to try and find a solution, I decided to ask you, our Disney Baby readers and some of you had some terrific tips that I’ll be referencing in the near future. For now, I’ll be following Shannon B’s advice which seemed to be unanimous among many of you!

“Follow the child’s lead. He/she will let u know when he’s ready. Pushing to hard to too soon can actually delay the entire process.”

I’m not giving up, but I don’t think my son is ready just yet. We will try and give it a go again next month, but for now I’m just going to encourage him to use the potty on a daily basis and see where that takes us.

Click through to read everyone’s tips and tricks for potty training!

  • High Fives!

    “My daughter’s potty is in the living room. And for us it’s working. She’s peed on it more than when she was in her big people toilet phase. I reward her with enthusiasm and high fives when she pees in it.” – Kayla Anne

    Photo credit/thomasrdorog

  • Potties Everywhere

    “We put potties EVERYWHERE! Almost in every room of the house…went to Ikea and went crazy buying their $5 potties! We watched Elmo’s potty time a million times, with our little one sitting on the potty! As hard as it is, resist the urge to put a diaper back on…it just prolongs the inevitable, and your frustration!” – Sarah-Mae S.

    Photo credit/ Manish Bansal/Flickr

  • Wait Until They're Ready

    “My daughter is now 3.5 and hates the potty even though we have only given her positive reinforce! I have no idea why she hates it but I’m at my wits end and feel like I’ve tried everything! So now I’m told to just wait for her to decide she’s ready but I feel like it’s just never going to happen. ” – Antoinette D.

    Photo credit: Lentini/Flickr

  • Go Underwear Shopping

    “My two kids did not want to potty train at all. Tried pull ups, treats, charts, bribery, stickers, looked up every potty training tip on the internet than I found my miracle with my son. The advice of just putting them straight into underwear was found so underwear shopping I went. I found some neat ones with Lightning McQueen on it (he was in a huge cars phase) and I told him that if he peed or pooped on Lightning than Lightning would be sad at him. He was trained in 2 days. Still working on that with my daughter. Her problem is that she really didnt have any attachment to the Disney princess cause the movies are so expensive here. But thankfully we’re getting our collection up so she knows who most of them are. Thinking it may be time to have another go.” – Amanda S.

    Photo credit: eren {sea+prairie}/Flickr

  • Set The Timer

    “With my daughter, I used a timer the was set to ring every 30 minutes or so the first day…This way we weren’t the ones bugging her to go to the bathroom, it gave her a sense of responsability and she was excited to go try when it wrang. The second day it rang about every hour or so and the third day wasn’t even needed lots of the time. And Tadah!! it was done and went really well.” – Meli S.

    Photo credit: Terry Johnson/Flickr

  • Mini Marshmallows

    “I used mini marshmallows because stickers and other silly things didn’t work for my daughter…mini marshmallows hit a soft spot for her, not quite chocolate or candy, but just enough. :) Also, my hardest obstacle was getting her to understand what I wanted her to do because she had never done it before…my trick just dawned on me one day…remembering as a kid in the 80’s and 90’s when at a slumber party – the first one to fall asleep got their hand(s) in warm water…duh!! So, I tried it and sure enough she went, she heard, she felt…and the diaper was history! Took some training on how long she could hold it, but a warm cup of water for a few go’s and then training myself to remember to take her (whether she had to go not) about every 15, then 30, then 60 minutes…and she got the idea. Good Luck!! :)” – Britnny L.

    Photo credit: abardwell/Flickr

  • Cheerio Trick

    “One child of mine potty trained easily at age 18 months but my other son was very slow to learn He was almost 2 1/2 he has a strong willed personality and I think I started too soon; I did use the drop one cheerio tip someone told me to drop a cheerio in toilet bowl for boy to aim at, my boys stood on a short step stool to reach, please be patient They will learn!” – Val Lee

    Photo credit: Gramody/Flickr

  • Kindle

    “I just sat him down and let him play on my kindle so he wouldn’t be distracted.” – Briana R.

    Photo credit: who_da_fly/Flickr

  • Readiness


    “Number One thing I’ve learned with my 4 is to not rush it. They will show signs when they are ready. Introduce the potty but don’t force it. My boys trained at age 3 or 4 and had accidents forever! My daughter was fully trained by age 2, she trained herself before I even tried. Beginning to introduce my 17 month old daughter to the potty now.” – Nichole J.

  • Location, Location

    “My son’s potty is in the living room so it’s easy access. And he was bare bum for a good month. But, now he always uses the potty all by himself. When he would use the potty we did a pee pee (or poopy) in the potty dance. And we have a fold up potty seat that fits in the diaper bag for when we’re out of the house, I just take him to the potty and he goes. The 1st week or 2 is the longest and hardest to get through.” – Jessica B

    Photo credit: squant/Flickr

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