Want to learn how to potty train your child?
Great because I used to wonder the same thing until I had my first, second, third, and fourth child.
Being they were all different and required a different potty training method, I think I have enough experience to give you a complete guide on how to get your kid to go to the potty.
Now before I get any further into this post let me just say that every single kid is different and that is something you need to know and accept.
None of this “why can’t you be like your brother or sister” talk here but rather a nice, neutral approach to something that can be frustrating to most parents.
What might work for one will definitely not work for another and that is something you will have to deal with regardless of what we want to think.
So instead of giving you an exact way to potty train your child, I figured I would put all the methods I used for my four kids into one solid post.
Potty training each of my kids was very different but it was a subconscious thing that kind of happened naturally.
Unlike you (the smarty pants), I never thought of Googling “how to train a kid to potty” or anything like that and I had to do the experimenting on my own.
Luckily for you, I can now share these little ideas with you so that you can try to get that baby of yours out of diapers so you can do this thing called save some money.
So let’s get to things and we can hopefully get your kid to potty a lot sooner so you can do just that.
So How Do You Potty Train Your Child?
Just like being a better parent, you will need to have a lot of patience if you want to get your kid to potty.
You can have all the right tools but without patience, you won’t get very far.
There are also several things that you need to know and accept as there are many factors that come into play when trying to accomplish this task.
Sometimes you child might seem like they are about to start using the potty next week and then things will backfire with your kid still in diapers and not potty trained.
So before you try to take matters into your own hands, let me share some of the little tricks that have helped me potty train my children before they turned 3.
Potty or Potty Seat?
For us, we actually got both.
Sitting your child directly on the toilet is of course not going to work and will probably put more fear in them, which will lead to more issues in the potty training process.
DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD DIRECTLY ON A TOILET.
Unless you’re NOT trying to potty train them.
Not only is it dangerous but it will most likely scare them.
If you want, you can start off with one of those seats that go on the toilet (potty seat) as that is what I would try first.
It fits them properly on the toilet and is the cleanest route to potty training your child but do keep in mind that it will not work for every kid.
An actual potty is a great way to do things as it is there for a reason.
One, it was made for exactly what we’re talking about.
Secondly, it gives your toddler that feeling of having some kind of toy and it provides ownership.
“That’s my potty, right dad?”
That right there leads into the main goal, which is having them want to actually use the potty.
Now picking a potty can also be a factor in getting them to actually use it so here are some tips on getting one that will work for YOU.
Choosing a Potty
Sure we all have it in our minds that it is either going to be Spiderman for a boy or some kind of princess potty for a girl but is that really what works?
For one of my kids, it was a potty that looked like a real toilet that worked best.
As much of a Spiderman fan as he is, he wanted one that looked like a real toilet.
It gives them that feeling of security and being apart of the family, which is why that would probably work best.
What you want to do is take your child with you and show them the different potties out there.
There are so many to choose from that I’m sure they will find one that they love.
Here are some of our top picks or you can see a whole selection here.
Where to Place the Potty
Some parents recommend you put a potty in each room but let’s keep the costs down here and let’s work with just one potty or even a potty and a seat potty.
Just like you would a puppy, I would place the potty in the bathroom so that they know where to go.
For boys, you can always just take them to the regular toilet with a stool and let them do a #1 there.
For girls, everything will be done on the potty or potty seat.
If of course they are not comfortable you can put the potty in any room of the house but don’t get in the habit of making them go anywhere.
When it comes time to sleep, you want to have the potty in your room so you don’t have to take any extra steps just to get them to go.
So there is no exact place to put a potty so just go with where baby feels most comfortable in.
Give Your Child the Sense of “Needing to Go”
Needing to go is not the best feeling and for me, I have to keep my pants on no matter what or I might just go.
If I pull it down even just a little, I will go wherever I am and it absolutely is not anything I do (anymore).
Some of you parents might be the same and this definitely applies to kids.
So when your child needs to go, do not pull their pants down until they reach their potty destination or you will end up with an “accident”.
When to Put on a Diaper
My 3rd child is a boy and he had a very unique way of taking care of his business.
By age two I was sure he would be potty trained in no time as he immediately went to taking his diaper off when he needed to go.
What seemed like it was going to be my fastest potty trained child turned out to be the complete opposite.
It took him the longest to potty train and even his sister (my youngest child) was potty training right behind him.
Not cool but it is what it is.
This child of mine was already wearing an underwear and would pee in the toilet without any issues.
Come time to do a #2 and he would ask me to put on a “bum” (his way of saying diaper).
He would then do his business and I would have to change him right after, which was nothing but a waste of a perfectly fine diaper.
This also taught me a lesson on when to put on a diaper because he was fine even when he would sleep but the putting on of a diaper at different times of the day just ruined his routine.
This is where some good old pull-ups came into play and did somewhat of a decent job.
When you are potty training, always have it in your mind that your child is going to go while they sleep.
To have them kind of get the feeling that they aren’t wearing a diaper, a nice pull-up will be your best bet.
Using a regular old diaper come bedtime is also fine, just start the potty training process back when they wake up.
You will have a lot of “uh oh” moments if you don’t work around the fact that they will eventually wet the bed, so do what is necessary to protect the bed they sleep on.
Getting Used to the Potty
It might be weird for your child to use a potty for the first time as they might think of it as a toy rather than a place to take care of business.
I mean, you wouldn’t want to doo doo on your toys now would you?
So remind little Johnny that this is where he will get rid of his waste and make that be the personal throne that it was purchased for in the first place.
Maintaining the Potty
This is mandatory so pay attention.
There is nothing worse than not cleaning a potty after your child takes care of business.
This type of stuff needs to be done immediately as there is no room for letting anything sit for even a minute.
Once they are done doing what they came to do, take that waste and flush it down the toilet.
After that, give it a nice wash and have it ready for the next session.
For a more sanitary potty, I recommend you put some tissue in before they go but just try not to make them see it as they will probably not want to sit on it.
Other Helpful Guides
If you want, there are also some potty training books that you can use to help you along the way.
I personally would just skim through them as I don’t believe a whole class is necessary to teach your child how to potty, so you can very much do the same.
Then again, these books are fairly cheap and can be attained with minimal costs.
These are some of our favorites if you feel that you just want that extra piece of reading material so that you can learn how to potty train your child with some kind of guide.
Patience is key.
Along with patience, always be on top of things and remember that you are trying to teach them to use the potty.
When you hear “dad (or mom) I need to pee/poo”, get on your feet and take them to where they need to be.
Be consistent and patient and the whole process will be a breeze.
Let them make accidents and you can’t expect them to be potty trained in a week.
This is a process that just like any other part of a growing child that will take some time before you accomplish your goal.
Just remember that they will be out of diapers in no time and in kindergarten a lot sooner than you think so deal with it in the meantime as it isn’t as bad as it seems.
Until next time, I hope you have learned something new with this post.
If you have any questions about potty training your kids, feel free to leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Thanks for reading and happy parenting!