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Potty Training 101: Real Moms Share Tricks And Tips That Actually Work!

Fri, September 3, 2010 11:25am EDT by Add first Comment

Yes, toilet training often means tears and tantrums (and we’re talking about you, not your child!). Our BFFs at spoke to some real-life moms for their no-fail secrets.

If you’re like most parents, potty training your toddler feels a lot like fighting an uphill battle. But here’s advice from other parents who’ve been there.

From Ccgr: “What works well for us is this: Instead of saying “sit on the potty before we go to the library,” I say, “After you have gone to the potty, we’ll go to the library.” Then I relax and do something else to make it seem like I have all the time in the world to wait. I want to give her the message that she knows her body best and that she has a choice. She can either sit on potty now and go to library, or not sit on potty and find something to do at home while waiting for that potty urge. Of course, I always choose things she loves like going outside on the swing or going to the library. I hope this works for you!”

Cltaytay1977 says she’s got a surefire way to reach toilet-teaching success. “Let your kid go naked around the house for a period of time during the day. Have a small potty chair you can bring in the family room with him. Have him sit often, read, watch a video, or play on or near the potty. If you catch him watering on the floor, be quick and get him on that potty! Be sure to reward him for potty success — we use two M&Ms. After he gets very good at this, then transition him to cotton training pants and a potty schedule that has him going every 2 hours. Also, take him to the potty; don’t ask. Take him every 2 hours, after meals, naps and snacks until he initiates on his own.”

Rcc199 shares her child’s success story, and the tricks that helped them get there: “I think letting my son be naked in the house has worked wonders for us. And we reward him for a job well done. Last night he was starting to poop when he was naked and he got kind of worried because he was not wearing the diaper. He put up a bit of a fight but the poop was on its way so he gave in. He was so excited and proud of himself for going on the big potty! To reward him, I lift him in the air and say “hip-hip-hooray, hip-hip-hooray, hip-hip-hooray! It’s a great potty day!” He loves that. Plus, I’ll give him candy now and then, or once just last week, I got him a little Matchbox car.”

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Tell us: Do you have a no-fail potty training tip you’d like to share with HollyBaby moms?