Potty Training

I love reading stories about other parent’s potty training their lil ones. I not only get tips and/ or ideas, but I also get entertained too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not laughing at the parent(s) and their potty training blues, I’m laughing along with the parent; though I’m sure they weren’t laughing until they posted their blog or story, where ever I read it.

You see, I am trying to potty train my lil girl; she’ll be three in a month. I’ve been working on this for over a year now. So far she’s peed once, and went poo twice. She can tell me when she goes poo poo, but only after she’s done so. I playfully tell her that she needs to tell mommy before she goes poo poo in her diaper, so she can be a big girl and go poo poo in the potty. This only starts her singing the little jingle I’ve been singing to her all year long while she’s on the potty. “Pee pee in the potty, poo poo in the potty!”

When I first started potty training her she had to carry a bucket full of toys with her, thinking it was playtime in the bathroom. At first I tried to tell her no, but that didn’t turn out so well. It was a full on tantrum to which she won. As the months went by the number of toys started to dwindle. Now she carries one or two if not any to the potty with her.

While she sits on her little pink Princess potty, I’ll sit on the big potty and actually pee and say, “Listen, mommy is peeing in the potty like a big girl. Can you go pee pee in your potty too?” This doesn’t work either. You’re probably thinking, ‘how awkward.’ Honestly, I’ll try anything if it’ll help. If her seeing how the potty works helps, then I’ll try it. I’ve even allowed her to flush the toilet a few times, which to a child is entertainment. Though, I tell her that if she goes potty in the potty for me, then she can flush the toilet. She doesn’t quite understand the sticker chart or getting snacks for using the potty, so those are out…for now.

Do you have any tips or ideas that may be useful? Or a potty training story you would like to share?

8 thoughts on “Potty Training

  1. Laura Lamere

    The best way to get your child to potty train is to either let them spend an entire weekend running around the house (or outside if it is nice weather) without a diaper or pants on – that’s right naked! It’s messy, but it works! The other way is to use cloth diapers during your potty training weekend – they get really wet and cold – and she’ll run the the potty for you just to keep from wetting them! Make sure the princess potty is nearby – preferably right in the room where you are hanging out to increase her success. Leave it there for a while after you go back to panties and it will increase her success – good luck!

  2. Cat

    Hey Jenn,
    What I did with both of my girls was to actually take them to the store and let them pick out big girl panties, something that they really like, so they were excited about wearing them. Then I purchased some of the plastic covers that go over them (this was many years ago, so they might not be as easy to find now), and put those on instead of diapers or pull ups this way they actually get uncomfortable when they wet. Both of my girls wet themselves once, and literally never again. They didn’t like that feeling at all! Anyway, I know it’s not easy, and I was probably just really lucky, but hey it’s worth a try! Good luck!!


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