• Wed, Jul 24 2013

10 Parents Who Are Completely Over Potty Training

It’s a little more than half way through summer (depending on when your kid starts school), and according to our resident Bad Mom Advice columnist, that means that all you toddler mommies and daddies should be knee-deep in potty training woes. It’s no pants weather after all, which suggests that you’ve been running around with plastic potties and stickers while your little one narrates their evacuated bowels.

But according to the Twittersphere, you’re not the only one who is on the verge of potty training breakdown:

1. The perpetual holding of junk

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2. Time to mainline Advil

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3. Touchépottytrainingtweet3

4. Bonus points for creativitypottytrainingtweet45. An activity for the whole family pottytrainingtweet5

6. Almost a haikupottytrainingtweet6

7. Copy thatpottytrainingtweet78. Seriously take this one down

pottytrainingtweet89. You’ve been warned pottytrainingtweet910. With visuals! pottytrainingtweet10

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  • DrStephanieDVM

    Oh god! I just got a potty for my twins. It’s early but with all the time on the beach in swim diapers they know when they go potty. Now one of them routinely tells me when she goes (in her real diaper). Anyone got pro tips for low stress potty using? I’m not in a rush to get it done but with two of them I want to put in as little effort as possible :-)

    • Tara

      I’ve found the best approach is to just let them go at their own pace. With my two girls we did lots of practicing, having them sit on the potty frequently, praise them when they go, don’t get too upset with accidents, etc. After a few weeks of that they both eventually woke up one day and requested panties and were pretty much done.

    • Myriam

      Instead of telling my girl to “go pee”, or asking “do you need to pee?”, I started asking her if she wanted to “push her peepee out”. I think it was just a more concrete, physical sentence, and she got what I was saying. She was day-trained by 26 months, in a single day, with only 3 accidents before she finally got it. Maybe a change in your vocabulary would help trigger their understanding.

    • Myriam

      Instead of telling my girl to “go pee”, or asking “do you need to pee?”, I started asking her if she wanted to “push her peepee out”. I think it was just a more concrete, physical sentence, and she got what I was saying. She was day-trained by 26 months, in a single day, with only 3 accidents before she finally got it. Maybe a change in your vocabulary would help trigger their understanding.

    • Justme

      Skip the pull-ups and training pants. Find some fun character panties that they don’t want to get wet or dirty. Ariel from The Little Mermaid potty trained my daughter.

  • Hilary MacNeal

    DrStephanieDVM – let them do it in their own time, and it’ll be WAY easier on you. We bought my son a potty when he was 1. He used it a few times but mostly ignored it. At 2 1/2, he decided on his own that he wanted to use the big toilet just like us. Over the course of the next few months, we let him use it whenever he wanted, and used a diaper when going out. Now, he’s just turned three, and is completely day trained for both pee and poo, and stays dry over his nap. I never once had to cajole, bribe, beg, or chase (I was far too lazy for that!). I can probably count the number of accidents on one hand. It was literally zero-stress. Now he’s asking to pee during the night, so he’s starting night training on his own as well.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      That’s what we’re doing too! I call it the ‘I don’t really give a shit’ potty training method. Frankly, it just seems easier to follow her lead rather than push it on her and stress about it. I expect she’ll figure it out sometime before 3, and that’s fine by me. It might be annoying to my ‘all my kids were potty trained by 18 months’ mom, but who cares.

    • Paul White

      That works for some but not all. I’ve got an aunt by marriage whose oldest wasn’t toilet trained till like 4 or 5 *shudder*.

    • Hilary MacNeal

      Ugh – no thank you! That would not be fun : (

    • Amber

      Yeah, I know a kid who wore diapers until 13 because his parents were waiting until he was ready.

      No mental handicap or any issues whatsoever either.

      He just didn’t see the point when his parents were willing to clean him up. It took puberty and an interest in girls to make him try and then he still had to wear pullups to bed for at least a year because he was so used to going in his pants.

    • DrStephanieDVM

      Thanks! I had no plans to start this until one of my twins started telling me she was going potty. I don’t want to miss an opportunity but I don’t want to force the issue either.

  • Alex Lee

    McSugarHole?

  • historychick79

    This is us right now, our son is a few weeks away from turning 3. I’m okay with him doing it on his own time and terms. But he’s happy to tell us he needs a new diaper, and it’s so exciting when we ask if he wants to sit on the potty. He is happy to do so, then nothing happens. We button everything back up. And 2 minutes later his diaper is full. Gah. Why do they have to have their own little minds, WHY? :)

  • Andrea

    Notice most of these are talking about boys. I don’t have a girl to compare to, but it seems to be that boys are a million times harder to potty train. Why, Lord, WHY?????