3 More Simple Potty Training Tips

parent support potty trainingMost parents trying to potty train their child will have read every ‘how-to guide’ on the internet. However, most of these are basic, step-by-step guides on how to potty train. They don’t contain any helpful hints; they just drone on tonelessly about the exact angle at which to place your child on the toilet seat. So, if you’re in need of some tips and pointers, look no further; this is the place for you.

Musical Chairs

How many of you made up songs when you were younger? A lot. A lot of adults listen to music when they’re trying to revise for exams and, when you’re a toddler, it’s not much different. True, your toddler might not respond well to Vivaldi’s Four Season’s but the same principals apply. Potty training needs to be fun and engaging for your toddler so, why not make up your own potty training song? It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece; just set it to the tune of the Dora the Explorer theme, or any other program that they watch and enjoy. Once they’ve finished using the potty, sing another song, reiterating what they’ve done. That way, they’ll know that what they’ve done is good and what they should do in the future.

Toilet Time is Fun

You need to make potty training fun. If it’s boring, your child will probably take longer to train than those who make it interesting. You could try dying the toilet water with red or blue food coloring. Most toddlers are delighted by the fact that they know that they’ve caused it to change from red to orange or blue to green. I know most parents probably won’t understand their excitement, but hey, if it helps, why not?

You can also try putting shaving foam in the toilet. Every time your child uses the toilet, you give them marks based on accuracy. When they need to do a poo, you pretend that they’re sending the torpedoes in to finish the job. Although this may not be as effective when potty training girls, it is especially effective with boys. Come on, how many boys don’t like playing war games when they’re little?

Toddlers and Toys

Toddlers respond well to toys and potty training sticker charts. If you have a little girl, you could put some toys in a sparkly bag and allow her to choose one each time she uses the potty correctly. Most boys don’t respond well to sparkly bags so, if you have a boy, you could draw a racetrack on the wall. Each time your child uses the toilet, or potty, correctly, they can put a sticker on the wall and, once the racetrack is full, they can have a small gift. By giving your toddler rewards each time they use the potty, you’re reinforcing that what they’re doing is good. It also helps them to associate using the potty with getting nice things like presents.

So, go forth with your fun potty training activities and reap the rewards.

How to Potty Train in 3 Days

Can I Really Potty Train My Child In 3 Days? 

We’ve all heard about the Start Potty Training Method but does it really work?

Is it really possible to potty train a child in 72 hours? To my surprise, the answer is a definite YES.

Created by Carol Cline, this proven toilet training method has become popular among many Montessori schools and early-learning prep centers around the country.  Toddlers seem to respond rather well to the unique training structure while providing parents with solid and practical blueprint to continued achievement.

Four of the mothers in our playgroup tried out program and had immediate success. To this day, all four moms still praise the system and recommend it to all new parents.  I’ve even found myself suggesting the Start Potty Training Method to co-workers and friends with toddlers.

The program comes in three different formats including text, audio and video to demonstrate the various potty training techniques; you can choose the format that best suits your style.

The 136-page introduction guide that comes with the program is a great resource that outlines TONS of potty training tips and practical advice that will make the entire learning process a lot easier for your little one. I read the whole thing from front to back in less than 2 days. By day three, I was ready to begin the adventure of potty training my 2-year old daughter. After reading the guide, I felt a tremendous amount of confidence and excitement to start the training. I truly believe that having this confidence was the main reason I was able to stick with the program and deal with any unexpected mishaps. Knowing what to expect was a huge advantage.

As with any potty program, consistency is key, but the Start Potty Training method seems to be the most reliable in terms of success rates among children aged 18-36 months.

Remember, the goal is the program is to teach your child to begin using the potty rather than using diapers. That doesn’t mean that your child will be perfectly potty trained in three days. As expected, there may still be occasional accidents due to the nature of the body and mind learning a new process, but expect to see daily improvements.

All I can say is that wish someone would have told me about Start Potty Training Method when we had our first child 🙂


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Sophia Wren is a full-time mom and international life coach. When she’s not spending quality time with her daughters, she is enjoying hiking and running triathlons with her husband of 25 years.

Potty Training Tips for Girls

8 Practical Potty Training Tips

  •   Potty training is best started when your child is not experiencing any other major life changing events, such as a new sibling, changing daycare/school or moving to a new city or house.  Choosing an appropriate time to begin should definitely be considered.
  • Consider implementing an open door policy in the bathroom to allow the learning child to see other members of the family regularly using the toilet.
  • Make the experience of going to the bathroom more fun than having your child keep playing and peeing in their pants. Many parents have a special toilet toy that stays in the restroom and can be held while the child is pottying.
  • Most 3-day potty training programs, like the Start Potty Training Method, rely on consistency and encouragement to establish great success rates. Try and keep a positive attitude throughout the entire learning process.
  • Accidents happen. Instead of scolding, try praising your child and make him/her aware how long they stayed dry for.
  • Make note if your child develops a regular time when they need to potty. Be diligent at these time to watch for pre-signs of wanting to potty, and explain to your child what those feelings are.  They key is to relate those natural body feelings to the process of going to the toilet.
  •  Toilet training should be introduced in a matter of fact way as a normal every day activity. Praise the actions but have the child realize that using the potty is expected and is the only correct way to release their bowels.
  • While in public, stay disciplined to your training method and keep things consistent.  Habits evolve from consistency.



Brenda Johnson is a mother of twin girls and an international life coach. As an early-years Montessori consultant, her experience in toddler behavior and cognitive development has earned her mentions and praise in educational literature throughout the US and UK.