Potty training can make a mom want to pull her hair out…until now. Use these potty training tips and tricks to get the upper hand and save your sanity.
Potty training can be so challenging, both for the child and the parents. Tears, triumphs, accidents, more tears, and more accidents. Then, just when you’re ready to throw in the towel, they finally start getting it!
While it’s not an easy ordeal, there are some potty training tips that can make it easier. Now, these tips can’t guarantee an easy-breezy training experience, but they offer the next best thing: saving your sanity (and your kids’ sanity as well).
Here are some amazing tips from other parents who’ve been there and done that and learned a few helpful tricks along the way.
Potty Training Tricks To Make Going To the Bathroom Fun
Every parent inwardly groans when they hear another parent is working to potty train their toddler. Rest assured, it may seem to be an insurmountable task now, but you’ll get to the other side.
Use these brilliant potty training tips to help you get there with less stress and frustration.
Keep That Toilet Unclogged!
We’ve all had toddlers who are just way too excited to unroll that toilet paper, right? Hello, clogged toilet.
Try this toilet paper trick! Put a strip of paper (or a sticker) on the wall, and teach your kiddo to pull the paper down just to that spot and tear it off. Problem solved!
Line Your Child’s Potty For Easy Cleanup
Make potty clean up after #2 a snap by putting a coffee filter inside the potty. This may or may not seem easier than just washing/rinsing it out. However, when you get one of those sticky days (you know what we mean), you’ll thank us.
DIY Sink Faucet Extender
Washing hands can be difficult if your kid can’t even reach the water! Make a DIY sink extender out of an old plastic bottle. It’s so simple, yet so genius!
Potty Training Toilet Road Trip Hack
When kids have to go, they have to go, especially during car trips. Keep a potty training toilet in the car at all times.
That way, when he or she needs to potty while traveling, you’ll be thankful that you had a potty chair and a diaper handy. It makes also makes clean up super easy, no matter if it’s pee or poo.
Related Post: Must-Have Road Trip Tips And Hacks
Use a Dry Erase Marker On The Potty
If you haven’t already been through this, you and your child will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. If the idea of a phone or tablet in the bathroom weirds you out (me too!), give your kiddo a dry erase marker instead.
Yes, even boys can sit on the potty backwards – less mess!
DIY Toddler Training Panties
Training pants are crazy expensive at the stores. Make your own washable, reusable training pants at home with burp cloths and undies. It’s easy… you don’t need to be great at sewing.
Who’s gonna see them, anyway?
Target Practice with Cheerios
Some boys think this is cool and it can be a major victory in potty training boys. My son, on the other hand, was disturbed by having Cheerios in his toilet.
But…if your boy likes to play “target practice,” throw a few pieces of cereal in the toilet for him to aim at when he pees.
Potty Training Tip: Involve Friends
Let your kiddo put his or her toys on the potty. It never hurts to have a friend learning something new along with you, right?
Use A Potty Watch
A potty watch is helpful for reminding your kids when they need to potty. After all, it’s easy to forget when you’re playing and having fun. Get one here!
Use Playdough To Comfort Them
Sometimes, a child is scared to poop- can you blame them? They don’t really understand how it works!
To help them get over their fear and understand what is happening, some moms like to use Play-doh to demonstrate. Watch the video below to learn more!
Make A Pretty Potty Training Chart
Potty training charts are helpful for kids who love stickers. (And, honestly, what kid doesn’t?)
Reward Them With Something They Love
Sometimes, the promise of an M&M is all a kid needs to practice going potty. When they successfully do, reward them with something they love to positively reinforce good habits!
Make Some Bathroom Routine Visual Cards
To help kids remember all the steps associated with potty training (including washing hands afterward), post a visual above the toilet.
Or you can put it on the wall in front of the toilet so they get their reminders as they sit on the toilet.
Set Up A Potty Station
Have a designated potty station for your tot. Moving the potty from room to room can be confusing for some kids, so choose a place together that’s appealing and practical.
Keep some fun books, toilet paper, clean underwear, etc. near the potty.
Dye The Toilet Water!
Turn the potty (or toilet) water blue. When your kiddo pees, the water will turn orange or green to make it a fun little game.
Use These Potty Training To Make Your Life Easier!
Potty training is one of those things that no parent really looks forward to, but it’s something that every parent must face. Thankfully, these potty training tips can keep it from being a painful ordeal.
The biggest I’ve learned is that if you make it fun and exciting, your child will be more motivated to do it.