Potty Training Tips & Tricks

After successfully potty training one child, and well on the way to two, I am sharing what Potty Training-Tips & Tricks worked for our family!  Our top FIVE tips are listed below.  Would love to hear your ideas!parent-potty-training-tips-and-tricks

1. Pull-Ups

I talked up the “Big Girl Underwear” for weeks leading up to starting.  Whenever we were at the store I would show her the boxes of Pull-Ups and she would smile and talk about how excited she was to be a Big Girl!  When it came down to choosing which box of Pull-Ups we made sure that she had the choice each time about which characters she chose and even between the Pink and Blue options. I loved that these Pull-Ups mimic real underwear and were easy for her to Pull-Up after using the restroom.

2. Step Stool

I tried using one of those portable small potties- BUT the cleaning? NO, THANK YOU!  We have a small plastic no-slip step stool downstairs and this wood stool in the kid’s bathroom upstairs.  She immediately took to using the bathroom ten times easier with the help of the stool.  She felt so grown up!  We also tried one of those toilet attachments to make the hole smaller so that they don’t fall in.  Once again there were way too many mistakes and she felt like she was doing it wrong.  No negativity in my potty training method!  The lid got the boot. 


There are so many studies out there shouting from the rooftops how big of an impact positive reinforcement has in a child’s life.  I am a BIG proponent on verbal positive reinforcement.  After every successful flush we do a potty dance- clad with a makeshift song- a jig- and high fives.  Emma Marie loves the extra attention and it is really easy to take “the show on the road” when we are out on our daily adventures.  It is easy to do the potty dance at the zoo or even the store.  Don’t mind me- I’m the parent doing a little break dance with my two year old-Nothing to see here folks.

4. Routine

My little ones THRIVE on a routine.  Bed time routine? Check.  Nap time routine? Check.  Potty routine? You better believe it!  Right when we get up, it is potty time.  Then we wash our hands-brush our teeth-and wash our face.  Before we go anywhere there is a potty break.  Upon arriving at said destination? There is a potty break.  Before leaving said destination?  You guessed it- Potty break.  Routine Matters.

5. Sticker Chart
 I am all for intrinsic motivation, but when we started out with potty training the sticker chart is what tipped the scales with our successful flushes.  I simply taped a chart to the wall and we had 2-3 options of stickers each successful flush.  Emma Marie? Ate that right up. Whatever works!


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New Disney designs feature Doc McStuffins, Ariel, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Lightning McQueen.

I grabbed a bunch while shopping at Family Dollar Store last week!


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Do you have a tip that helped in your potty training journey? 
What works for your family?
Let me know if you have any questions!



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