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By Danielle |

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Potty training SUCKS!

I am on my second round of it, and there is no part of parenting I hate more. Not only is it frustrating, but it is downright gross on some days. Ya know, like when your two year old poops on the bathroom floor and misses his potty by oh say… 9 inches and then STEPS in it.

Yeah a blast right?

My oldest son wasn’t actually fully potty trained till he was three and a half. It was obstacle after hurdle we needed to get through, and I think the entire experience taught me a lot about potty training as a whole. Especially little boys.

I wanted to put all of my personal words of wisdom out there. I know I am not a parenting expert, or even a potty training expert. Actually on a scale from one to ten, I would give myself a three in the potty training department.

But I have learned a lot.

Oh top of this all, I am going to give one lucky winner a Jahgoo 3-in-1 potty seat which we are currently using to potty train our two year old. I love it by the way, it has been easy to use, and of course easy to clean!  Its unique design has my two year old far more interested in potty training than I thought he would be right now as well.

Oh, and the fact that his big brother uses the potty is probably a big plus. He wants to be just like him!

Make sure after you click through the potty training tips you enter to win the Jahgoo 3-in-1 potty chair!

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Even if your toddler doesn't LOVE Elmo it is a great DVD for potty training.
It helped us a ton because it shows all the different Sesame Street characters, and some of them tell their potty training stories.
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58 thoughts on “Potty Training Tips & Giveaway!

  1. Melissa says:

    My favorite tip, really….is ALL of them. We did all of the above, and my daughter loved stickers (we let her decorate her potty with them), candy, the Elmo video, and big girl underpants. I was just thinking about buying a new potty for my son (not quite there yet, but it will be here before I know it!) YAY, I hope I win finally!!!

  2. Lauren Simms says:

    LET THEM DO IT ON THEIR OWN TIME! We tried forcing it on our eldest and it backfired and took months longer than it would have if we’d just let her make the decision…

  3. Kayla says:

    I like all the ideas! My son is almost 2 and I think potty training is in the very near future.

  4. tessa says:

    Bribe them! This totally worked with my niece and stickers :)

  5. Heather Asker says:

    I think my FAVORITE is the potty in the living room! Lol

  6. Roni Rinier says:

    These are all great tips, but I think the Elmo DVD would help my little girl. She is absolutely in love with Elmo.

  7. meekasmommy says:

    not to potty training yet, but i love the tip “let them do it on their own time” – that’s my current plan (we’ll see how it goes when we get there…)

  8. Ashley Brinkmeier says:

    Let them do it on their own time. I will be watching for clues (doesn’t like to be wet, interested in sitting on potty, etc) to know when I will start trying.

  9. colleen says:

    my favorite tip is the bribes one…that seems to work best for us so far

  10. Dana says:

    Enlist Dad’s help! I have a boy and, although we are not to potty training yet, I fully intend for him to see his daddy use the toilet. I think it will make more sense to him if he sees that daddy does it.

  11. Chrissy says:

    Let them do it on their own time! I don’t want to force my son to potty train if he isn’t ready.

  12. beth says:

    I am trying to avoid bribery, so I will go with the living room tip :)

  13. Audrey says:

    I love all the tips but I love the Bribe em thats so funny also enlist daddy. My husband loves spending time with our twins he’s always complaining that he doesn’t get enough time with them because of work

  14. andrea says:

    I try to let them do it on their own with gentle reminders

  15. zoesmumlizs says:

    the idea with the stop watch is great, by the way my baby is 8 month and started to poop every time i took her diaper off, so now i just sit her on a potty with every diaper change and it works like a charm, i make a specific sound when she does her business and show her the sign for toilet and hope she will pick it up to show me when she needs to go potty in the future

  16. Meghan Finley says:

    Their own time is the best advice. When they want to, most of the work is done

  17. Katrina says:

    the best advice is to let them do it on their own time!!

  18. Karen Thomas says:

    I thinks the best one will be LET THEM DO IT ON THERE OWN TIME because if we take them when we think they go they may not

  19. Carmen says:

    Let them do it in their own time is my favorite tip

  20. Mariyana Petrova says:

    LET THEM DO IT ON THERE OWN TIME works best!

  21. Sarah buki says:

    Let them do it on their own time!

  22. Anna says:

    For sure my favorite tip is Everyone Poops! We love this book, my toddler especially, and I think it’s definitely a must for every house with little kids who are starting on the potty.

  23. K. Annie says:

    I waited until my daughter showed a real strong desire for a toy (she wanted a tutu). I bought it and hung it in the bathroom and made a chart. If she peed on the potty x number of times, the tutu was hers. It worked! But we’d been talking about the potty for a long time before then and always had a potty around to normalize it. She was also really responsive to language like this: you’ll learn to use the potty just like you’ve learned to do so many other thing ( and we’d list them together–walk, talk, sing, jump, etc). This was our mantra through out the process and whenever we talked about the potty prior to that. It seemed to take away some of the power struggle-ness. Stickers and m&ms were no help whatsoever. It needed to be something she was willing work and wait for. And she still loves that tutu.

  24. Sarah says:

    Let them do it on their own time (and bribes!).

  25. Violet says:

    The Cool Underoos Did it for my son!!

  26. Rheea says:

    Our first daughter was out of diapers by 3, and I can’t remember exactly how we did it! She seems to have a more mature personality than our second daughter, now 19mos. I don’t know how I’m going to start potty training with our second. She isn’t interested at all. I’m hoping that changes in a few months. We did use bribery with our first.

  27. Jamie says:

    i love the idea of daddy helping. i have a little boy and he goes in the bathroom with daddy to watch lol

  28. Sarah says:

    I’m kind of excited for cute undies!

  29. Lena Naef says:

    I think it’s best to let them do it on their own time, it worked with my now 3 year old and my youngest is about to start potty training. This awesome would definitely come in handy :)

  30. Rio Sager says:

    I love the new underwear part, they look so cute in tiny underpants!

  31. Andrea C says:

    Let them do it on their own time and buy them new underpants!!!

  32. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    My favorite tip is to let them do it on their own time!

  33. Norma says:

    He asked as school to go to the potty, so now we just started, using pull-ups going to the potty every 30 min, I set my alarm and he knows, or he sometimes said potty, before the 30 min. I’m not using big boy underwear, just the pull-ups.
    I think that potty training is going to be easy because he requested, and most of the times, when he wakes up in am and after naps, his pull-up is dry. So he’s totally ready!.

  34. Olusola says:

    I’m just about getting ready to potty train my twin girls. I’m nervously excited.

  35. arely colin says:

    love the new underpants

  36. Jamie @ Laughter Ever After.com says:

    Ugh. I am dreading this. But thanks for the tips!

  37. Jamie @ Laughter Ever After.com says:

    And my favorite tip is “bribe them.” I’ve heard from several sources that it works!

  38. Heather says:

    I like “buy them Underroos!”

  39. Kellie O says:

    BRIBE THEM!!! is my favorite! :-)

  40. Erin says:

    Elmo DVD is the best tip, for us! Wyeth LOVES Elmo and this could definitely help us out! THANK YOU! :)

  41. Rebecca says:

    We try to have a potty in almost everyroom my daughter spends time in. RIght now she mainly sits on the one in the living room and uses it as a chair when she is fully clothed but we’re getting there.

  42. katrina says:

    I completely agree on the tip to let them do it on their own time!

  43. Lauren says:

    B is still under a year, but I’m definitely interested in beginning the potty training research and getting opinions from other parents:)

  44. Lauren says:

    I love the tip about PRAISE!

  45. Kristen says:

    I completely agree with let them do it on their own time. I feel like we tried to early with our son, and no he is adamant about not going on the potty.

  46. chana says:

    get cool underpants

  47. Ivan H. says:

    Not looking forward to this either. But maybe this potty trainer can help. =)

  48. Ivan H. says:

    Slideshow: “Enlist Daddy’s Help” (This will be strange to show baby how to go potty.)

  49. Andrea says:

    i have to say, after potty training my daughter, letting them do it on their own time is by far the best tip! i learned my lesson for the second :)

  50. Livivua C says:

    Enlisting daddy’s help I think would be best for me and my little one now.

  51. Meghan says:

    We’re not there yet, but I think the best tip is to let them do it on their own time. Though I’m sure it’s hard to follow. Thanks!

  52. Beth says:

    We’re not there yet either but I think soon. And I also agree to let them tell you when to do it.

  53. Alana says:

    The best tip, I think, is to put the potty where you are. Out of site out of mind. If its right in view, it will help them remember.

  54. Tian Hapsari says:

    My favorite is Set a Potty Watch. thank you..

  55. Lindsay says:

    You gave some great and different ideas to try out! Thanks!

  56. Julie T says:

    Let them do it in their own time. My 2 year old started going “#2″ on the potty almost all by herself!

  57. Julianne says:

    I seem to remember my mom yelling at my younger brother when she was potty training him “In the toilet not on it!” now that i have a little boy of my own i can see how that is a very important thing to teach.

  58. Jessica says:

    I am dreading training but think it’s time…

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