May 4, 2016

Potty Training My 2-Year-Old


Blaire reading potty book

The day is finally here… We are officially potty training. Blaire has been interested in using the potty for months and months, but has always gone in waves when it comes to asking us to use it on her own. I’ve taken things into my own hands and am now asking her if she has to go. And giving her special treats anytime she’ll try.

Here are some quick tips for potty training:

  1. Make sure your toddler is ready.
    Are they interested in using the potty? Do they wake up with a dry diaper? Do they tell you when they have to go? Are they uncomfortable in their wet/dirty diaper? These are just a few of the signs they might be ready to start potty training.
  2. Set an alarm for every 30 minutes.
    Persistency is key! Using an alarm will make sure you don’t forget to take the to the potty. And you shouldn’t be surprised, but there’s an app for that! It’s called Time to Potty App: The Ultimate Potty Timer. 
  3. Use an incentive.
    For Blaire, it’s M&Ms. For other kiddos it may be a sticker chart, or just getting to choose a special treat each time they go. Games are also a great incentive! The timer app I mentioned above has games each time they go. And you can find lots of other ideas here.
  4. Make a big deal each time they use the potty.
    Giving praise (never punishment!) is important. Get excited! Let them know how proud you are.
  5. Use underwear during the day and Pull-Ups® at night.
    Continuing to let your toddler wear a diaper will be confusing. Pull-Ups® are perfect in the case of a nighttime accident.

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I can’t believe my toddler is big enough for potty training! Blaire, you’re growing so quickly. Mama is so proud of you! xo

  • Reply
    June 19, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Great tips, thank you trista :) When my 2 sons started pottytraining, we had really fast success with this method: i hope it is ok to post this link
    After 5 days they managed to use the toilet, my daughter needed 4 weeks without this method :) i hope this is useful for someone here :)

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