Toilet Training Tips & Tricks

When it’s time to potty train, you might find that you have a struggle on your hands. If you are worrying that you might never be able to say goodbye to diapers, you are not alone! Many parents before you went through the trials of potty training, and their children are now running around with big-girl (or big-boy) pants on now. If you’re looking for some methods to help you get through – and succeed at – potty training, we have some solutions for you!

  • One of the oldest tricks in the book for boys is to create a “target practice” by putting some cereal – that floats – into the toilet and tell them to aim at the cereal.
  • You might want to try to sit your son on the toilet rather than expecting them to stand up. For some little boys, this is less intimidating.
  • Make a party of it! Buy balloons and noisemakers and tell your toddler that you are putting them in a special place to celebrate the moment that they “go” on the potty. Then, when they do attempt to use the potty, make a party of it. Blow up balloons and rattle the noisemakers.
  • Read some books while your child is on the potty. There are some books written specifically for potty training, like Everyone Poops By Taro Gomi, I Want My Potty By Tony Ross, My Big Girl Potty By Joanna Cole and Once Upon a Potty By Alona Frankel.
  • You might have luck with a child-sized potty like the Tinkletoonz, that plays music when your child actually “goes”, but some kids don’t like that either. Try both the regular potty and the training potty to see which one your child is more comfortable with.
  • Put some food coloring added to the toilet water. It will change color when they finally decide to pee.
  • Encourage, encourage, encourage and praise! Even if your child doesn’t complete their potty training session, give them praise and encouragement for trying.
  • Give up trying – sometimes, when it comes down to it, your child just isn’t ready to potty train. Parents have found that when they give up trying, the child ends up potty training when they are ready.

Potty training is an ongoing “battle” that does not have to be a battle at all, if made into an exciting or fun endeavor. Don’t get discouraged. Instead, give your child lots of love and encouragement and they will ease into using the potty when they are ready. When they finally get it down, show them how proud of them you are by giving them lots of hugs and kisses and making it a big production!

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