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Tell Mommy: What's Your Potty Training Trick?

Tell Mommy: What's Your Potty Training Trick?

It's a simple fact: No one tells you how confused you will feel when you start potty training your child.

Do you load them up with salty snacks and sugary drinks like the creator of the one-day potty training program Booty Camp suggests? Do you cheer loudly for poop? Everyone has his or her own trick for potty training success — what's yours?


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litbear221 litbear221 8 years
i think kids should be trained when they are ready. The older girl i watch is now 4 and she HAD to be trained by the time she was just before 2 because the school she attends has a strict policy about no diapers, it was incredibly difficult and she regressed several times and still wets her bed. With her we used stickers, and it worked for a while, but then basically stopped working because she was no longer interested in the stickers... The other girl i watch is about 27 months and had literally gone from diaper to toilet in the last couple weeks. She no longer wears a diaper at night and has not wet the bed or had any accidents. If we ask her if she has to pee then she says no but if you just put her on the toilet she literally goes in an instant. Same thing with poop. I can't believe how quick the transition went, but it is so exciting, especially since she was in cloth diapers. A lot of cheering has encouraged her, she's so vain... :)
Roarman Roarman 8 years
My daughter would only use the big people potty. I didn't have to train her persay. We talked about it for about a month, just getting used to the idea and when she was 2 1/2 we were at our first movie and I had to go to the bathroom. She came in with me and said she wanted to go too. She never wore a diaper again. Even at night. She never wet the bed and had very few accidents. So now that my son is almost 18 months I feel completely unprepared since I didn't really have to do anything the first time. I will just try to be laid back and casual about it, kids figure it out eventually.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Lickety, at 36 years with a baby that is 10 months old, I think I will take your lead. I'm all about choice and I think kids- and people alike, respond well to that. I will have manly underwear though as I have boys. ;-)
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
my trick is that at 2 i say "here are diapers, pull-ups and pretty underwear! you pick." and to me potty trained means when you're at costco they say "i have to go" and you can say "wait till we get home" and they do w/o issue. i have a friend who went EVERYWHERE with a porta potty (even out to dinner :faint: ) and put her son on it every 30 minutes. sorry, that's the parents trained, not the child. i say they will use the potty when they are ready and that's that.
mhg mhg 8 years
the little boy is probably afraid of all that leg hair and of the socks/ugly sandal situation. it frightens me as well!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I tried all sorts of things to get my daughter to use her potty chair. For 2 months, nothing happened. Then I thought why not use the big potty? She loves to use the big potty. I wish I had thought of it sooner.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
haha I noticed the hair too, but I wasn't sure if the photo was just blurry or something was wrong with my eyes.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I noticed the need for a razor as well, and the boy looks like he's being bullied into being trained. I hate bullied potty-training.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
YES! that lady needs a razor! That was the first thing I saw in my RSS feed ;-) The kid looks so sad too :-( When my oldest was PT'ing he got a Hot Wheels car for doing #2, it worked for him.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
Am I the only one noticing the socks and sandals besides greggie? and that it appears the adult has not shaved their legs in the last month?
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I wanted until they where 2 1/2 almost 3. They I took them to that bathroom every half hour and by one week they had the hang of it.
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
I go, and then tell my daughter it's her turn. It works about 50% of the time right now. We're still in the midst of pt. Yuck. I hate it. It's so much pressure.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
When I trained my daughter I got a little cup and gave it to her to decorate.She did it with stickers and jewels and it was called the candy cup. I filled it up with M&Ms and told her that everytime she did pee in the potty she would get 2 M&Ms. It worked really well! She already did #2 but if she hadn't I would have given her 1 more each she did it. Now that winter is here Im going to train my son. I find that its easier in winter since we dont go out as much!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The socks and sandals on the adult in the picture keep cracking me up.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I don't really have one. With our first, we waited until he showed full readiness signs and he was trained within a few days. But for the two years or so leading up to that, we still let him sit on the potty, talked about it, encouraged him, etc. We just didn't do underwear until he showed he knew when to go and stayed dry. With my second, pee training was the same way, but he had a bowel obstruction that caused obvious problems with poop training. We're still working on it but he's about 90% trained.
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