4. M&Ms. I’m not above bribing my kid and these did the trick!
5. Hudson enjoyed this little book about using the potty, which we read in the weeks leading up to training.
6. Cute undies. These days of the week truck undies are our favorites and Hudson loves picking out a pair each day. Not knowing how many we would go through in a day, I bought like 20 pairs. Turns out we didn’t need that many, but you never know! And how cute are these? Love.
7. The Potette Plus. My aunt sent us this after someone recommended it to us on Instagram. It’s great for potty-ing on the go. It can be used as a potty seat on a big potty or it can be it’s on travel potty…it has legs that pop out and comes with disposable bags that you tie to it so your kid can pop a squat anywhere. Genius.
8. A big reward. In Hudson’s case, a back pack. Or as Hudson would say a “pack bag”.
So there you have it! My tips for potty training and keeping your sanity. The big takeaway? WAIT until your child is ready. And did I mention waiting until he or she is ready? Can’t stress that last one enough folks.
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Erika Slaughter says
These are great tips!!! I completely agree with waiting until your kid is ready. Best tip ever!!!
Kait @ The Jones Journal says
THANK YOU for this! My mom keeps telling me to potty train my just turned 2 year old, but I really don't think he is ready! These are awesome tips and I cannot get over how cute those fox undies are!!! I gotta get those! Thanks for the tips!
Colleen Sullivan says
Tip number one is absolutely THE most important of them all! Great job you two!
Props to all the potty training mamas out there!
hello erin says
I don't know. We potty trained before lex was " ready" at age two. And I haven't cleaned poop off any surface. And also got a year less of awful toddler poop diapers? So amen to that.
And I like your potty picture… Hudson and lex have the same potty picture 😉
Jessica (The Newly) says
We have been talking about the potty for a while now – and Caleb's even used it once or twice. But most of the time, he just sits on it or plays, and has no real interest in what it's really for. My mom is shocked that he's 28 months old and not potty trained, but listen, with a 5 month old, I don't have the energy to force my kid into potty training. I don't like changing poopy diapers, but I'd rather do that than fight with my toddler all day over sitting on the potty. Ugh. Definitely waiting until he shows more signs of readiness!!! Good tips, Julie:)
Chelsea Purifoy says
Thank you Julie for your post! It could not have come at a better time for me and my family as I've been feeling pressured to potty train my little man who is 28 months now and I just don't feel he's ready…especially with baby #2 due in just a month I really think it's best to wait. Your post is so helpful and super encouraging…literally lifted a weight off my shoulders so I thank you! Have an awesome day!
the girl in the red shoes says
Thanks Chelsea! I'm so glad it encouraged you!!!
Hello! I just came across your blog when I was looking up using a Red Wagon on my porch for fall decorations (yours was so cute!)… then I saw this post as well! I have a 5.5 year old boy and a 2.5 year old boy. They could not be more different! We potty trained #1 at 2.5 years, but he was totally ready! We just started with #2, and he could care less, haha. But I just wanted to say that I agree with your post, waiting until they are ready is the most important thing. This was a nice refresher, so thanks. I kind of forgot what we did three years ago! I also wanted to mention that we did pull ups at night with #1 until he was about 5 years old, so very recently. He finally started waking up dry, and we really had to be disciplined about little water after about 6ish. I think that part can take a while, but one pull up a day is well worth not changing sheets every night!
Nurse Bee says
Just know kids can't really be trained at night time. It's more related to hormones. I have a just 3 year old who is dry at night and an almost 5 year old who still wears pull-ups to bed. We try to limit fluids after dinner and have them use the bathroom just prior to bedtime.
Laura Marie Keenan says
Yay Hudson! It really does happen so quickly when they do it on their own time. We went straight to undies for naptime & bedtime too right when Liam trained and it worked well. Just put a potty right next to his bed and whenever he wakes remind him to go. He I my had accidents at night a handful of times.
Loved these tips and am saving them to reference! We are working on potty training at our house, too. My daughter is making good progress and I think it'll be a while on the nap/night time potty training. I'm okay with it. M&Ms are a big hit at our house, too. Love the new blog look 🙂
This would be so helpful for my sister!!! she's trying to train my niece for a while now, and I don't know if she (my niece) is quite ready, or if my sister is doing it in the right way, I will send her this! http://upanddowninvenezuela.blogspot.com/
All Things Big and Small says
Yay for you guys! I hear potty training a boy is a lot harder than girls but this sounds like it went really well! I have a daughter who is about your son's age, and a son, who is about your daughter's age. I fully recommend the little potty for the same reasons! We do the same thing with the rewards even 6 months later. Now if she does it all by herself as in telling us she needs to go, and goes and does it herself she gets 5 gummy bears (we use gummy bears only because the chocolate m&ms were messy). Great job!
Annie- All Things Big and Small
Caley-Jade Rosenberg says
Yay!! Well done clever Hudson and you go momma! x
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