Sunday, October 24, 2010

Steps To: Potty Training Your Toddler...

This Potty Training Method worked for our little guys. I hope this will help all you frustrated mommies out there....

Step 1. The first thing you need to do is go out and buy some underwear for your toddler; let your toddler pick out what kind of underwear they want. Buy a couple of packets or more of underwear; trust me you will need them. You don’t want to feel you are spending more time in the laundry room than you are with your toddler in the bathroom. You will feel that way if you only buy one pack of underwear. Because the first day, even going into the second day you will be taking a lot of messy underwear off of them, so you need a lot of back up.

Step 2. When at your Favorite Store. Take your toddler over to the potty chairs; let your toddler pick out what kind of potty chair they want to use, and of course show them a price range of items that you can afford.

Step 3. Next have your toddler pick out a pack of stickers. When your toddler successfully starts to potty in their potty chair; this is what you are going to use for your reward system.

You need to start first thing in the morning, pretty much don’t go anywhere for a good couple of days, devote your time and energy towards your child.

Step 4. You will need to make up a Potty Chart. You need to have it finished before you start the potty training with your toddler. The potty chart plays a big part in the potty training. You are going to make up a homemade Potty Chart. Just get out a plain piece of paper, put your son or daughter’s name at the top, and then state the days of the week below the title on your potty chart.

Step 5. Show your toddler the Potty Chart and let them know that after they have completely filled the whole Potty Chart with stickers. They can go pick out a special toy at the toy store, for doing a job well done. Now, parents this step is completely optional. But from are experience this extra step is a good one.

Step 6. Show your toddler their stickers; let your toddler know that every time they go potty in their potty chair, they can pick a sticker from their sticker packet and put it on the Potty Chart.

Step 7. This next step is optional. But this worked really well with our toddlers. You will need to get one of their special stuffed animals, and tell your toddler that their special stuffed animal is going to learn how to use the potty. By putting on one of your toddler’s new underwear on the stuffed animal.

Step 8. Put your toddler’s potty chart up where your toddler can see it. You will then need to get their big kid underwear. Put the underwear on them, and tell them that they need to keep them dry, like how they are right now.

Step 9. Start the clock; get into a routine. This is from our personal experience, and also from other parents stories. You will need to take your toddler to the potty pretty much every fifteen to twenty minutes. Watch your toddlers expression. You know your toddler; if they look like they are concentrating too hard, run them to the potty. If you decided to included the stuffed animal, you need to take the stuffed animal with you also and make the stuffed animal look like it is going to the potty.

Step 10. Make this whole experience for your toddler a joyful one. This is going to be a lot of hard work; stay consistent and stay positive. Get excited when they start using the potty. When you show them how happy and excited you are every time they go to the potty. Your toddler will start to get really excited also. Then all of a sudden they want to keep doing it over and over again, because they get a sticker to put on their potty chart. But they will also start getting excited when they see mommy and daddy so excited, when they use the potty.

Stay consistent I cannot stress this enough!

If you have a Potty Training story or tip. Please leave a comment below...


  1. You are so right about consistency. I had to psych myself up for the event too because I knew there would be lots of accidents in the beginning!

  2. So glad those potty days are over!! Great tips you have there!

  3. We've trained 2 boys and both got incentive from different things. My oldest didn't want to pee on the hockey players on his hockey underwear, my 2nd wanted to go play in the IKEA playplace - we'll see what motivates my daughter when she gets to that stage.

  4. Super tips! A great one I learned from my mother regarding potty training boys was to keep a small bowl of Cheerios in the bathroom. Before you freak out, they aren't for snacking, they're for target practice! Toss a few in the toilet and tell the little man to sink them. My boys loved it!

    For my daughters (and my sons for #2) we would keep books in the bathroom. Anytime we needed to go, we would take them with us and we'd have a Potty Party, Story Time. Reading in the bathroom is the norm at my house now, but I figure if they're reading I don't care where they do it. =D