Recently, 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, for potty training tips — and lots of you had terrific advice that I’ll be referencing in the near future. For now, I’ll be following Shannon B’s advice, which also seemed to be popular among many of you:
“Follow the child’s lead. He/she will let you know when he’s ready. Pushing too hard, 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.
So without further ado, here are YOUR best tips and tricks for potty training!
Give 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
Put potties everywhere.
“We put potties EVERYWHERE! Almost in every room of the house. We went to IKEA and went crazy buying their $5 potties! 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.
Wait until they’re ready.
“My daughter is now 3 and a half and hates the potty, even though we have only given her positive reinforcement! 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.” – Antoinette D.
Go underwear shopping.
“My two kids did not want to potty train at all. Tried treats, charts, bribery, stickers, and looked up every potty training tip on the internet. And then I found the miracle with my son — the advice of just putting them straight into underwear. So underwear shopping I went. I found some neat ones with Lightning McQueen on them (he was in a huge Cars phase) and I told him that if he peed or pooped on Lightning, then Lightning would be sad. He was trained in two days.” – Amanda S.
Set a timer.
“With my daughter, I used a timer that 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 responsibility and she was excited to go try when it rang. The second day, it rang about every hour or so, and the third day it wasn’t even needed lots of the time. And ta-da! it was done and went really well.” – Meli S.
Try the hand-in-warm-water trick.
“My hardest obstacle was getting her to understand what I wanted her to do, because she had never done it before. Then the trick just dawned on me one day. I remembered as a kid in the ’80s and ’90s while at slumber parties, the first one to fall asleep got their hand put in warm water [to make them pee]. Duh! So, I tried it, and sure enough she went, 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.” – Britnny L.
Try the 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, had a strong-willed personality, and I think I started too soon. But I did use the ‘drop one Cheerio’ tip someone told me about (to drop a Cheerio in the toilet bowl for boy to aim at).” – Val Lee
Offer a distraction.
“I just sat him down and let him play on my Kindle so he wouldn’t be distracted.” – Briana R.
Don’t rush the process.
“Number one thing I’ve learned with my four 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.
Remember, it’s all about 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 first week or two is the longest and hardest to get through.” – Jessica B.