Top Potty Training Tips


Quite some time ago, The Potty Fairy was asked to put together some Potty Training Tips for parents who were potty training their children.  Here are The Potty Fairy’s “Top Twelve Potty Training Tips”, to help you organize for potty training!

  1. Are You Ready? 

First, you need to feel ready to potty train your child. You are pivotal to your child’s success. You will need to set aside some time to stay at home and focus on the potty training process for a week.  You will want to select a period of time that you will not be interrupted or be stressful.  Set aside a time that fits well with your family and work.    Give yourself the flexibility to add additional time to the process if you need to.  You want to feel relaxed and be able to make this a fun experience for you and your child. Perhaps it will even be magical.

2. Is Your Child Ready? 

Next, your child will need to be developmentally ready for the potty training process. Attempting to potty train before your child is developmentally ready will not work out well and you and your child will be left feeling frustrated. Some of the signs of readiness are:

  • Your child is independent and proud of accomplishments.
  • Your child has dry periods.
  • Your child does not like a dirty diaper.
  • Your child notices others using the toilet.
  • Your child can tell you when wetting their diaper
  • When your child is pooping in the diaper is obvious
  • Your child is interested in trying to use the toilet


3. Get Your House Ready!

What does ” get your house ready” mean?  It might mean rolling up rugs that you do not want to get wet with urine during the training process.  It might mean strategically placing portable potty chairs around the house. You might want to consider putting together a basket of books in the bathroom or near potty chairs.  Some parents like to cover chairs and sofas to protect against potential accidents.  Take an inventory of your home and create an environment that is ready for potty training.


4. Do You Have the Right Equipment

 Equipment…what equipment?  You will most likely want to go to the store with your child to select a potty chair. Perhaps you want a seat for your regular toilet, or you might want a potty chair low to the ground.  There are even little boy urinals that you can purchase.   Consider all the options and have your child help you select what best suits your family.  A small step stool for reaching the sink for washing hands might also prove helpful.


5.Get an Oversize Tee-shirt for Bare Bottoms!

If you choose a bare bottom approach to potty training you will want to purchase some oversize tee-shirts.  Tee-shirts that will cover your child’s bare bottom.  This might be a time to purchase character tee-shirts that your child loves or purchase plain tee-shirts that your child can decorate and personalize. The beauty of starting with a bare bottom is that a child will not need to struggle with pulling down underwear to go potty.  Later you will add some underwear.

6. Pick a Method for Potty Training and Differentiate for a Boy or a Girl

Review the main methods of potty training.  Find the method that you are most comfortable with and that you believe will work best for your child and your family.  There are slight variations in potty training due to gender differences.   The Potty Fairy enhances and enriches all methods of potty training and can make the process magical for your child.


7. Reward and Praise Your Child! What Is Meaningful to Them? 

Finding out what motivates your child is gold.  Celebrate their successes and “catch them being dry and successful”.  Some people like to make charts with stars or stickers to track success.  Some people like to leave random prizes when their child is doing well.  Stay clear of bribing, which is different than a reward. An example of a bribe would be…” if you go pee on the potty, I will give you a toy.” That is a bribe.  A reward is letting your child do well, and sharing praise and a token reward when doing well.

8. Diet Changes

It makes sense that by providing more fluids to drink that your child will need to pee more and provides an opportunity to practice using the potty chair.   Providing foods that help a child poop also makes sense. In our busy schedules, we sometimes have a hard time finding time for a child to sit on a potty chair.  During the potty training period of time supply lots of fluids and time to process.

9.How Often to Use the Potty Chair? 

At first, you may want to have your child sit on the potty chair every 10 minutes. Keep track of how that works and gradually add more time between potty chair sitting times.  Observe how your child does and as you add time to notice how long your child can stay dry.  Remember to get them to a potty chair depending on how long you have expanded the time. This is particularly important as you introduce them to visits to friends, play dates, parks, and public bathrooms.

10.Books and Games

Potty training books are important when potty training your child.  There are so many wonderful books on the market that you can select for your child.  Games on devices can also help a child when sitting on the potty chair and there are many games developed for preschool readiness.  Books, TV programs and devices are all good tools just censor what you want to have your children see.



Accidents will happen, even when your child is potty trained.  Children are so busy and can forget that they need to visit the bathroom until it is too late.  If your child has an accident, simply clean them up and move on.  Best not to make a big ordeal over an accident. Focus on the positive and deal with problems and move on.

12.Celebrate Success

Celebrations are important, especially with big transitions and when we are successful at something. Your child transitioning from being a baby to being a child is a big step for children.    Bake a cake with your child and invite some friends over. Do something nice for yourself too. It is a shared success story!


The Potty Fairy 

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Copyright September 2017

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