Potty Training: How we did it in days (instead of months)…

One thing many parents look forward to, for whatever reason, is potty training.

I get it, they become a little more self-sufficient and you get to save some money by not buying diapers every month.

Y’all… potty training is HARD.

But it doesn’t have to be!!!!!

I’m certainly no expert on the topic, but I want to share with you some tips that I have learned in my two potty training journeys.

Know when they’re READY (really ready)

One of the most common reasons I hear parents say their child is ready to potty train is that they took their diaper off…

Just being real, my kids all started doing that around 6 months. I can promise you they were not ready. It could be an indication they’re getting close, but to save yourself a lot of frustration, I wouldn’t break out the potty just yet.

With my oldest, once she hit a year old I started putting her on the potty to “get used to it”. It took me a total of a year and a half to potty train her.

WE may be ready, but it certainly doesn’t mean they are.

So with my son, I took a different approach. (I never even bought a toddler potty this go around!) I never pushed him. I never told him it was time. I waited. About one month before his second birthday I was walking past the bathroom and there he was, sitting on the potty, pooping.

When I tell you my heart was doing a happy dance! That was a “Hallelujah!” moment if I’ve ever seen one.

Again, not an expert, but I would DEFINITELY recommend letting your toddler choose when they are ready!

Skip the Pull-Ups

A few years back, when I was pregnant with my son, I worked at a daycare. A good number of the parents told me that pull-ups are a waste of money. It’s basically a more convenient, glorified diaper IF your little will even choose to use the bathroom.

Personal recommendation is to go straight to underwear! Make a big deal out of buying some and let them choose! I’ve learned that they are less likely to have accidents in underwear that they truly like.

Be consistent

Whenever we get frustrated with anything, we typically take a break and come back to something. Potty training CANNOT be included in this cycle! We have to stay consistent with our littles, or otherwise get stuck in the 18 month cycle I experienced my first go around. This is literally the MOST important tip!

The best advice I have for this is to set timers. Set your phone alarms in 30 minute intervals, and whenever one goes off take your toddler to the bathroom. After the first day, my kids learned what the alarms meant and started yelling, “It’s potty time!”

Get excited!

This is something new and exciting for our babies! They should enjoy growing up and learning to do things on their own! SO GET EXCITED!

Our post-potty routine typically includes a potty party dance, a high-five, singing our potty song (pretty hilarious), and lastly we tell our pee or poop bye-bye as we flush it.

If doesn’t work, in the past we have given candy, stickers, and checked off a potty chart until they earned a prize.

Don’t be too hard on them

Just when you think they have gotten this whole potty-training thing down pat, they have an accident. Don’t shame them for it. Again, this is NEW territory for them!

I always explain to my kids that accidents happen all through life, whether it be a potty accident as a toddler or spilling milk as an adult. It happens. Some people don’t agree with me on this next part, but I also make my kiddos clean up their own accidents. My personal opinion is that you can never learn responsibility too soon.


These days will be over before you know it, and just like everything else they learn to do in life, you will feel like you blinked and it was done. So make it an enjoyable experience for you AND them!


Ariel King is a Stay-At-Home mom to her three children, Lana, Ace, and Norah. Writing and researching are two of her biggest passions. People say that she is full of all kinds of useless knowledge, and it is even rumored she has a Google PhD. She is not a typical mainstream mom, imperfect in every way, but is on a mission to encourage and inspire other moms. Her belief is that no one should feel alone in the day to day of motherhood.

16 thoughts on “Potty Training: How we did it in days (instead of months)…

  1. We definitely learned that they will only use the potty when they are truly ready. Luckily, Maddie being in school (daycare) helped alot. They basically potty trained her for us lol. We still use pull ups at night but they were definitely a hindrance in the beginning. We’ll skip those this next time around.

    1. I have heard that night training can take a lot longer. My son still has an accident or two in the week, no matter when we cut off drinks or if he goes potty before bed. From what I hear from a lot of people, I am glad that we skipped them!

  2. My son is 15 months and here in the near future, potty training will be on our list! I’m so glad to read this because my life will be a lot easier going through it. Thanks!

  3. Great tips I’m going to potty train my almost 2 year old around her birthday in the next few weeks. I’m taking your advice and skippong the pull ups. I will also use the timer idea. Thanks for the tips!

  4. I’m soooo not ready for potty training, but I know it’s coming around the corner. These tips are certainly helping to ease my anxiety about it and we will definitely be waiting until are little one is all the way ready!

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