Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

I have a 2 year old boy that won't go to the big boy potty. I've tried everything. Please any advice would be great. Thank you.


By K.S. from Henderson, KY


Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

Depending on which side of two he is on (just turned, or nearly three), he may or may not be fully ready. has hints and tips, and signs of readiness. has bulletin boards with hints/tips from parents, as well as advice from "experts". (02/02/2010)

By Jilson

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

I agree with Jilson. I raised four boys. I tried to potty train the firstborn around 2 years old, but he didn't get the idea until he was 3 years old. So, with the next three, I waited. When they turned 3, they seemed to understand the concept easily, and all trained in about two weeks. Be patient. (02/02/2010)

By HoneyGirl1946

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

The way my mom did it was to sit me on the potty a short time after a meal. She would sit beside me on the grown-up toilet. Since kids imitate their parents, the rest kind of comes naturally. It might be too late to try this, if your child already has a negative view of the training potty, but it's at least worth a try.


She had me potty-trained at only 9 months old using this method, so it definitely works. I think one reason it did was that she did this before I got into the "terrible twos" stage, where kids get headstrong. (02/03/2010)

By WildIrish

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

I like this:

Blessings, Robyn (02/03/2010)

By Robyn Fed

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

I used "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" by Nathan Azran.

I tried potty training my son for nearly a year. I was so frustrated. Then I got this book. I used the method described in the book, and he was trained in about 4 hours. (02/08/2010)

By marysescapades

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

My grandson was close to 4 and I finally took it into my own hands. I had him for a weekend, and we did it cold turkey. I bought him a seat that fits on my toilet, bought the cotton training pants (got them at JC Penny) and said he was not going to wear diapers anymore. I think it helps to not use anything disposable any more.


I also found that if I gave him some books and magazines and just left him to his own devices in the bathroom, he relaxed and "went" on his own. I am proud to say it did the trick, it was a rough weekend, but worth it. My daughter-in-law said she never would have thought of that, I am so glad it did the trick.

Kathy in CT (02/08/2010)

By kathyj311

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

My son could have cared less if he was wet or not, but he did care about peer pressure. After I had worked so hard (his sister was a breeze) it was his first daycare and his friends that accomplished the job at around 4. He is in his mid 20s now and no one cares that he was 4 and still wearing a cloth diaper, but they do comment on our close relationship. Spend your valuable time on your relationship the other stuff will come. (02/08/2010)

By notwrong

Advice for Potty Training a Toddler

I used the "Potty Training in One Day Method" (from a book) 30 years ago for my daughter. I wish I had known about it with my son (although boys are harder to train since they have the standup option) which confuses them.

The gist of the book is that you need to make the house warm enough that the child doesn't have on a lot of cumbersome clothing that will get in the way. Put a pair of big boy pants on him. Start training right after a nap so the child can stay awake for a while. Make sure you are alone with the child and have no distractions.

The book suggests getting a doll that wets and having it go in the potty to give your child the idea, but I skipped that step.

Have the potty chair and several different drinks available, as well as a few salty snacks to make the child thirsty. Have the child practice taking down his pants and sitting on the potty chair, all the while giving him more drinks and praising him. Eventually, he will accidentally go. You should continue to praise him and give him more drinks while practicing.

You should tell the child that there are no more diapers and that he is a big boy now. Provide him with pull-ups (I wish I had had them) and slow down on the drinks once he has gotten the idea and has consistently peed quite a few times.

Now comes the test, for you. When he goes down for a nap, pad the bed, but don't back out. Realize that he may have accidents a few times, but do not go back to diapers. You will have to make sure that you know where the bathrooms are in stores, etc. for a little while since a child can't hold it for long and you don't want to undo all of your work.

My daughter only had one accident, but she wouldn't use the potty chair. She crawled up on the big toilet every time and worked her way around until she was sitting. She had to lean forward so as not to fall in, but that was her choice. She was 22 months at the time. (02/12/2010)

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