Become a Potty Training Expert!

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When I need a bit of advice, I usually seek it from a friend or a family member, and – of course –  I’ll also come here. EverydayFamily extends our friends and family by the thousands – we can ask and answer each other’s questions. And since we are experiencing this parenting journey together, we can ask each other anything. This particular post is a roundup of potty training advice.

Have you started potty training your little one?

Is potty training in your near future?

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Wherever you are at in the potty training business, you will find something helpful here.

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Have you taken the Everyday Family courses yet? They're super helpful. There is a potty training course that you might just be interested in. Find it here. Highlights include:

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Check out the full course to start your way to potty-training-expertise!

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Sometimes kids give us great hope for a potty training success, but then all of the sudden, they just seem to regress. This happened to one EF mom, so she asked the community about it. You can read what they shared with her, here.

There are times when you'll wonder if your child will ever use the toilet, and you'll ask yourself ‘Will it ever happen?' 

What happens when breastfeeding and potty training collide? Our blogger, Mindi Stavish knows, and in this post, she shares the ups and downs of her potty training experiences, and what we can learn from them.


There are times when you'll wonder if your child will ever use the toilet, and you'll ask yourself “Will it ever happen?” Well, yes, It will happen! Your child will eventually become potty trained. Allison Lee rounds up a few parents with late trainers who have gladly shared helpful training methods as well as a glimmer of hope to other potty training parents

Just want the simple, straightforward basics? Try Natalie Hoage's 3 Potty Training Tips that Work

Some kids are just easier to potty train than others. After potty training her three kids, two of which are twins, you could say that Nicole has experienced potty training in every aspect. You can read her top ten lessons in potty training, here.

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Become a Potty Training Expert!

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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  1. nancyk says:

    My daughter will be 2 on August 9th. I believe that she is getting ready to potty train, but that we aren’t quite there yet. She brings me her potty seat and tells me that she has to go potty, but it’s usually right after she has already gone in her diaper. I hope we are trained soon, though!

  2. Darcy says:

    I’m inquiring about my grandchild, now 8 yrs. old. Has anyone had difficulty getting a child up to this age not wanting to do a b.m. in toilet? We’ve tried everything. He’ll hold it and we’ve had him to Dr. They have us give laxative to losen. He’ll go some but I know it’s not all. He always has in his underwear and night time we use a pull up to avoid a mess. I feel so bad for him as he tries to hide it in school but how much longer can this go on? Any real helpful ideas???

  3. Rebecca says:

    My son is 2 years and three months and it took me probably about 2 months to potty train him. I just started doing it with out expecting results as quick as it actually happened. I guess that helped me somehow because he didn’t feel the pressure from me to make him go on the toilet instead of his diaper. Whenever I was home with him (because I usually work 10 to 12 hours everyday) I would tell him “you wanna go pee pee” “if you feel like you want to, let me know and we’ll go overhere” (meaning the toilet) and he kind of went ahead and showed me he was interested in seeing what it was to go pee pee or number 2 on the toilet lol. So when I saw that he was going for it I just kept doing the same thing. Asking him and asking him until I bought the first pull ups, and that made it easier for him too. So now during the day he goes with out diaper, he let’s me know when he wants #1 or #2 and at night he still uses diaper but this has been the first week that he has actually woken me up around 3 or 4 am to tell me he wants to go pee pee. So I’m pretty happy about it, I thought it was gonna be hard for me to train him but it’s been actually easier than when I started breast-feeding him lol.
    Hope my comment helps somebody here 🙂

  4. Lisa says:

    My daughter just turned 4yrs old april 8th..has absolutely NO interest in going on the potty…i offer it to her, she will sit on it with a book(fully clothed)..she will tell you when shes wet and 90% of the time when shes pooped..i dont want to FORCE her to sit on the potty because Im afraid she’ll be traumatized and never go on it..Any suggestions?

    • Chrissy says:

      Lisa I’m having the same problem with my son who’s 3 1/2. He has peed in the potty, told me he has to pee, and even wakes up dry some mornings. So I know he’s ready. I don’t want to push him to hard because I’ve seen the damage that can do. I’ve started with removing his diaper for 2-3 hours a day and he does great with this. My plan is to just increase this time each week. Not sure what else to do! I didn’t have this much trouble training my daughter. I try to remember what his pedi told me: “He won’t go to college in diapers, so don’t panic”
      You’re not alone! It’s not easy! Good luck 🙂

  5. Guadalupe says:

    My 25 month old daughter has been potty trained for about 3 months she does really good but she refuses to go #2 on the toilet, I just cannot make her go on the toilet any helpful suggestion are appreciated thank you.

  6. Melody says:

    I’m looking forward to getting my little one potty trained. She’s 20 months now and shows sporadic interest in the potty. I don’t want to rush her before she’s ready though, and she’s still learning the words she’ll need to use and understand to make it a smooth process. Pun not intended, but appreciated. 🙂

  7. mommabear says:

    we are still working on Potty training our middle child, first boy. He is 3 years old, we have been working on it off and on since 18 months, and he was 3 days perfect then would scream if we went near it, then 3 days perfect… so Spring break this year I sd enough was enough, you are 3 yrs old, you go 3 days in a row all by yourself, it’s time… first day, HOrrIBLE I cried all night, second morning same thing… until I corraled and yes I said it corralled him in one room, would not allow ANY clothes, he had to sit on towels but couldn’t cover up.. and he couldn’t have on undies until he went potty in the potty chair.. it worked, yes he had accidents and when he did the undies came off, no undies until NO accidents…. it has been 1 1/2 weeks now , we still have an accident once every 3-4 days, but no diapers only undies and we are dry at night. so hopefully it will continue on… my one tip, travel with potty chair and at every stop put them on it.

  8. Jessica says:

    In the middle of potty training my little one now. He seems to have the idea now, but it definitely took awhile. Frequency, consistency and rewards seemed to help along the way. It helped to stay home for a few days and just work on potty training without a busy schedule.

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