Potty Training Toddlers

Are You Ready To Start Potty Training Your Toddler?

I believe there isn’t a real time frame to start potty training your toddler. I learned that the hard way with my oldest. He was the worst to potty train. To this day, that was the hardest part of being a parent… so far. I started around age 2 1/2 and I think I started too early because he obviously wasn’t ready. Some people try at the age of 1 and some try at the age of 3. It all depends if your child is ready for this next stage in development.  Try not to put pressure on when they need to finish. That’s the worst thing you could do.

How To Tell If Your Toddler Is Ready To Potty

You will be able to tell when your toddler is ready to be potty trained. They’ll take an interest in what happens when you go to the bathroom and you’d think they’d be experts by how much time they spend in the bathroom with you, which is 90% of the time. Why would anyone want to spend time with someone in the bathroom? I don’t get it. They’ll be in your private space, but when it’s time to cuddle oh no, forget it. They’ll also want you to be in the bathroom when they’re going too. You gotta draw the line somewhere.

Once your toddler starts talking, they’ll put two and two together and understand what you’re doing. They might even say pee and poop to let you know what you’re doing in case you didn’t. They might even go as far as telling you pee pee and poo poo while pointing at themselves. It could either be because they need to go or they already went. Atleast that’s a start.

How Long Does It Take To Potty Train?

I’m sure you’ve heard of some kids being potty trained in 3 days. I tried that and it backfired. I think I drank a lot those few days. When I started my oldest at 2 1/2 and wasn’t fully trained (no accidents during the day) until around 3 1/2. It can take that long or even longer. It’s a long process to get them to understand when their body is telling them they need to go, that they should actually go.

I know a few friends that have girls say they did it fast. Most friends with boys said it took longer. I think it may be because boys don’t mind being dirty and wet. Mine especially would sit in a dirty diaper all day if I would let him. For some odd reason he didn’t mind and wouldn’t say anything. I would have to check him every so often to see if he went or not. When you’re trying to potty train that is the most frustrating thing. You know you need to go. Then go! I couldn’t understand why he was having so many accidents.

That’s when I realized this was going to be tough and it was going to take a while. I haven’t even started night training because I know he’s not ready and I’m dreading it. I haven’t started my youngest at all because I want to make sure he’s ready and I’m up for the challenge. He might be ready, but I don’t want to take any chances.

Best Way To Potty Train Toddlers

When I started my potty training journey, I didn’t know if my son was ready or not, but I was. I mean come on, you’re 2 1/2, you should be done already right? I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also didn’t think it was going to be this hard. One word of advice is patience, patience!! That was especially hard for me as I am the type that when I want something done, I want it done right away. This has taught me to be more patient than ever. It also made me a better mom because it made me realize I need to be patient with every stage and know that I can’t control everything and that’s a hard thing to let go of.

I tried having him home for 3 days naked, setting a timer for every 15 min and make him sit on the potty. That didn’t work for me, but it might for you. I would have him read and nothing would happen. I even tried to bribe him with chocolate. Not interested. As soon as he would get up he’d go in the other room and pee on the floor. Seriously?! The potty is right there! This happened for 2 day’s straight. I was determined to have him trained. The joke was on me. He wasn’t going to do it and I had to realize that, so I gave up.

Find More Tips On Potty Training Toddlers 

About 3 weeks later he all of a sudden sat on the potty and went. I couldn’t believe it and I felt such relief. Yes, he had accidents and it was a work in progress. We got frustrated with each other at times, but the day goes on. No matter how you choose to potty train make sure you’re patient and have a bottle of wine ready for the end of the day. Here are a few books I recommend that have helped my toddler about using the potty. Click on them to check them out.

Potty Training in 3 Days By Brandi Brucks
Potty By Leslie Patricelli

Everyone Poops By Taro Gomi

Odd Things Toddlers Do When Potty Training

Toddlers do the oddest things when they’re potty training. For instance, mine decided to go anywhere outside. Both pee and poop. He would poop on our back patio like it was nothing and I’m sure watching the dog was no help. He would just go. I would always yell at him that the toilet was right there. At one point he even rolled one of his toys in it. It is still up for debate whether it was intentional or not. Maybe it’s just boys, I don’t know.

Another funny story (he’s going to hate me) is that one morning he came in my bedroom telling me he had pooped in the kitty litter. I shrugged it off and said ya OK. Later that day I realized he wasn’t joking. What in the hell!? Oh the joy of having boys. I’m sure yours will have their “special” spot to relieve themselves too. Goes to show you kids are unpredictable. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You can’t make this stuff up.

Which Potty Training Seat Should I Get?

Now that you’re getting ready to take on the challenge, you need to invest in a potty seat. They’re many potty seats out there. Types that go on the toilet that are soft and have characters on them. Ones that are similar to urinals and ones that sit on the floor. Here are some types I have tried. Click on the pictures to check them out yourself and see which one(s) would be best for your toddler and your journey. Please leave any questions or comments below . Good luck!


Potty Training Seat For Boys and Girls With Attached Hook

Cuddle Baby Generation II Boys Urinal
Pottete Travel Potty

6 thoughts on “Potty Training Toddlers”

  1. Hi Micha,
    I’m glad I could relate to what you’re going through.
    I am totally with you and know how you feel. My son wasn’t fully trained once I placed him into preschool (age 3) and I was so worried he would have accidents all the time. He only had 1. I don’t totally agree that children this young should be fully potty trained because everyone does it when they’re ready and their bladders can handle it. I think teachers understand accidents will happen, but they just don’t want to deal with it because it takes away from learning and I get it. I would take a break and revisit it in another few weeks. He’ll eventually do it and I know it’s hard on you. I wish you all the best and know he won’t be in diapers forever 😉
    – Kasey

  2. My son is now 3 1/2 about a year ago I bought some potty books. He loves to read so he was interested in the book one is the purple one above the other is elmo. Shortly after that I got a blaze potty seat that goes over the toilet. He liked it and was very interest in toilet paper and flushing. He started following me when i went to the bathroom at about 2 1/2. His pediatrician told me and my husband don’t push potty training and starting at age 3 is best. So I wasn’t too worried then. Late last year I started asking him do you need to potty? Bought his big boy underwear amd explained he was a big boy and needs to go on the potty. I started pushing it really hard the last few weeks I have only seen a couple of drops of pee in his potty. He will sit there for 15 minutes walk away and go in the floor. Yesterday I tired almost all day asking him do you need to potty and taking him every hour. He still refused to go in the the potty. He turns 4 in August and I planned on him going to pre-k next fall since the cutoff is September 1. I am worrying myself sick will he be able to go to pre-k in the fall or have to go next year? If he can’t go to pre-k in the fall will his daycare keep him? I am worried sick. We have watched potty videos on u tube with him. Bought a toy he wanted and put it in the top of the fridge and say once you go potty in the toilet you can have the toy. I also have done a potty sticker chart every time he sits on the potty amd attempts to go he gets a sticker. I am out of ideas! My husband has taken him to the bathrooom with him to show him how to stand also. I am very frustrated and I should have started potty training earlier but trusted his pediatrician. I have to take a break for a little bit on the potty training or I will lose my mind.

  3. Hi!
    Great article! I will never forget when my oldest son started to go to the potty! Talk about parenting freedom! Now, our youngest son was born as soon as the oldest had learned to go to the potty, so it all started again…
    Anyway, I think your article was very easy and fun to read! Even a pretty old, non-speaking English, Swedish man understand everything that you write which I am grateful for!
    Keep up the good work!

  4. I needed this . My son will be 3 in April and he as of now is not interested in potty training . I let him run naked and he would just pee in the floor . Thanks for the tips ans reminding me to be patient during each stage . You are a wonderful mom .

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