Potty training can be a daunting task and sometimes a very long one. I’m here to tell you, tick in there mama ’cause it can be done.
I’ve asked some of my mama friends for there best advice and I’m giving it to you here!
First, let me start with my own.
Stella Rose is 3 months shy of 3 years old, but starting showing interest in potty training at about 18 months.
We got her a potty chair and tried it out, but she wasn’t ready. She couldn’t really verbalize that she had to go.
I followed her lead and waited another 6 months or so. At that time we decided to try out Pull-Ups and big girl panties.
She loves to pick out her panties along with her clothes in the morning. At night time for bed, she is in Pull-Ups.
When we buy Pull-Ups, we go to Walmart.
They had Doc McStuffins and Jake and The Neverland Pirates designs. We are a Disney loving family and Stella chose Doc McStuffins.
It’s safe to say she was stoked!
We picked up wipes too because honestly who couldn’t use more wipes. They are perfect to use while potty training and teaching your little ones how to wipe.
We headed home to get set up for our night.
After bath time, we go into her room and get ready for bed.
I thought it’d be nice to have a little bedtime essentials box that Stella could use.
We put some lotion, Pull-Ups and wipes.
Stella helped me assemble it!
Letting Stella be a part of the process really helped.
She loves picking out her Pull-up at night. What toddler doesn’t like to exert their independence right?
Here’s some advice from mama’s who have done it successfully, I’d like to call it Potty Training 101:
- Try different potties! My son hated the training potties and loved using the big (normal) potty with a toddler seat. – Amber from Mommy Gone Healthy
- Make it fun! The bathroom and potty can be a place for reading fun books, and playing games. – Ashley from Mommy On The Mound
- Once you’ve committed DO NOT QUIT (easier said than done). – Fatima from Style Fit Fatty
- Choose your battles but be consistent. Every kid develops differently. – Kimberly from The Hill Country Woman
- Lots of cheering for wins and not stressing too much over accidents that are inevitable. – Bettina from Bettina Rae
- Stock up on wine – Cassie from The Chronicles of Motherhood
- Know that it is okay if the potty training thing doesn’t work the first time. – Rebekah from Surviving Toddlerhood
- We went with the 3 day potty training routine and it worked for us! – Brittany from Follow The Dyers
- We did it informally and only at home for several months before hitting it hard and really being successful! – Payton from A Hopeful Happenstance
- My best advice is to make sure that everyone who watches your little one is on board with the plan because if they aren’t as diligent as you are, your little one can fall out of the habit pretty fast. – Megan from Little Miss List Maker
- Throw a poo poo party! Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. – Lindsay from Lindsay’s Sweet World
- You may want to wait until your child is ready, even if they’re not ready as quickly as you are. I’ve learned my lesson and now I’m much more laid back with my other kids and it’s much less stressful and frustrating. – Justine from Little Dove Blog
- When potty training there is nothing wrong with a reward system! A mason jar full of M&M’s worked like a charm! – Jenna from Espresso Ever After
- Make sure that you and your child’s other caregivers are all on the same page is extremely important. You don’t want to be sending your child mixed messages as it can cause more frustration. – Sandy from Sandy A La Mode
- Put Pull-Ups on at nap time and nighttime. Try to avoid family outings for the first two days. If you have to leave, make sure to put a Pull-Up on them! There will be a lot of accidents. Don’t get mad, don’t get frustrated, don’t give up. This is normal! – Bethanie from The Garcia Diaries
- Let them take the lead, and wait until they’re ready! Letting them pick out fun undies is a must. – Jessica from A Monkey and His Mama
- Find out what motivates them and use it to your advantage. – Shanna from Peyton’s Momma
- I’m the mom of boys and we put a bell in the bathroom they were able to ring when they went potty. They loved the affirmation and yes Loud noise. – Faythe from Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy
- If necessary, use a timer for constant reminders. – Melissa from Beyond Mommying
- My best advice would be not to stress and let your child lead. – Meghan from Tot Tot Goose
- A reward chart and stickers! – Tori from The Adultier Adult
- I made a big deal of going to buy big girl panties and encouraged her to practice using the potty if she was moving on from diapers. Around about age 3 and a half years old is when she had completely transitioned from diapers. – Rachael from B is for Bookworm
- My son loved to aim and sink cotton balls in the toilet. Not very glamorous but quite functional and motivational. – Laura from Laura 57
- Pull-ups do help when you are out. It has definitely been a life saver in those oh-no-I-can’t-find-a-bathroom-anywhere moments. – Chrissy from The Mrs Z Files
- My biggest advice is to wait until your child is ready. Being ready makes it so much easier on the mommy. -Christia from Faith Filled Parenting
Potty training is a process and not always an easy one. Just relax and try to follow your little one’s lead.
There will be good days and bad days, but they will get it!
Walmart has same great coupons I’d love to share with you all.
Diapers (coupon effective now through 12/31)
Wipes (coupon effective 8/28 – 9/10)
Pull-Ups and Goodnites (coupon effective 8/28 – 9/10)
Good luck on your journey mamas, you and your babes can do it!
I’d love to hear your input. What do you think could be added to this list? Leave me a comment.