5 ways to get your toddler interested in potty training

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My son turned two in May and during his annual checkup his doctor told us that it’s time….that dreaded time. Potty Training Time!

Potty training time with my daughter was difficult, like really difficult. So this time I did a lot of research and found some ways that make potty training easier!

1. Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® will make your child feel more like a big boy or girl

We love, love, love Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®. They are so easy to get on and off and they make Charlie feel like a big boy with the underwear like design. When we want to try to get him to sit on the potty, we just pull down the Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® and then we can easily pull them back up (if it’s clean) after he is done. They are great. The other thing I love is that the design fades when they are wet, so this helps us teach Charlie that we don’t want to get them wet, but we want him to go in the potty so the characters don’t fade.

I buy our Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® at Sam’s Club. I love Sam’s Club for so many reasons! One of those reasons is you can purchase in store or online and have it delivered right to your door step!

This is where you can find Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® in Sam’s Club…

2. Have a basket of books by the potty seat to help keep them occupied while they are sitting on the potty.

My kiddo loves to read and it’s a great way to keep him occupied while he is impatiently waiting to go potty. So we now keep a basket of books right next to his potty chair. He loves picking out a book and reading while he sits on the potty chair.

3. A Potty Prize Basket

Of course you have to have an incentive for going potty at first because your toddler probably won’t understand why he is transitioning to a new way of going potty. So we have a basket of prizes with stickers, bubbles, chalk, and other fun things in it so he can pick something he likes after he goes potty. Also, you are going to want to praise your child like cray-cray! The more excited your child feels, the more he or she will want to do it in the future!

4. Take it slow
No matter what I have read, I have come to realize that this is not an overnight thing. It takes time to potty train a toddler. Don’t get frustrated! Take it slow. The first few weeks we didn’t even take the Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® off while Charlie was sitting on the potty! We just let him sit on the potty with it on and then slowly transitioned into taking it off and having him actually try to go in the potty. Take your time!

5. Sticker Charts go a long way.

Charlie LOVES putting a sticker on his little sticker chart. Ours is homemade, but there are a plethora of fun, printable sticker charts out there in the Pinterest world. Take advantage and hang one in the bathroom, then every time your toddler goes potty add a sticker to the chart! There can be a big incentive at the end when all the spots are filled with stickers, or you can just use it as a fun way to praise your child for going in the potty. Either way, I guarantee your toddler will love the sticker chart!

I am certainly not an expert mom potty trainer, but these are the few things that made potty training much, much easier and a lot less…pull your hair out. Get more tips and ideas on potty training your toddler here. 

Let me know what tips helped you through potty training in the comments below! Happy potty training!





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10 thoughts on “5 ways to get your toddler interested in potty training”

  1. I was so lucky with my first, she potty trained herself just because. I have no hope that I’ll get as lucky with the second kid! I’ll keep these tips handy

  2. We didn’t use an actual sticker chart with our 5yr old, just a piece of scrap paper on the wall. Maybe an actual chart will work better when our 14 month old is ready. I am soooo not looking forward to potty training again. 😉


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