5 Tips for Overcoming Potty Training Challenges

So recently I announced how my son is officially a potty training graduate. And by that I mean he’s no longer hiding in corners so he can poop in his underpants. We’re still in Pull-Ups® Training Pants when we travel or take long trips away from home, but close enough. Right?


Potty training isn’t always easy. I mean, it is for some lucky people, but it was more of a challenge for me, especially the second time around. But, I knew what an important milestone this was for my little one, so I found some really great tips and tricks for making it fun and overcoming challenges along the way.

To all the moms out there in the trenches of potty training, I see you. Here are five of my non-conventional, best tips for you to mentally get in the (potty training) game:

1.  Don’t compare your kids to potty prodigies: First and foremost. Seriously, just don’t do it. Comparison is the thief of joy, even when it comes to potty training. Not just comparing with our friends, but comparing our own children to one another. Every kid is different, and the sooner you come to grips with that, the sooner you can figure out what motivates your kid to go potty on the potty. Pull-Ups actually has an entire method of potty training based on your child’s unique personality for this exact reason – check it out on their website!
2.  Find different ways to make it fun: Potty training? Fun? It’s possible to make it a little more interesting!  We did potty jar incentives with my daughter, potty candy with my son, and sometimes the fun included reading stories or watching a show from the bathroom. Pull-Ups also has simple ways to make potty training fun and easy for parents and children, with guidance on how to tailor the journey based on your little one’s unique personality. In fact, 3 out of 4 moms prefer the Pull-Ups offering* with products, packaging and in-pack prizes and activities. Who knew all of these potty training games and activities could lead to so much bonding time?
3.  Take cues from each other: Some people like to wait until their child is ready, others like to decide when the parent is ready. I knew my daughter was ready because she was trying to take her diapers off to go to the bathroom and was totally thrilled about princess Pull-Ups. My son, well… He took a little more motivating but he told us when he was ready. When potty training, always wait until your child is showing signs of readiness – don’t rush the process.
4.  Be prepared: Do you know how many times I’m out for hours before realizing that I forgot to pack an extra pair of shorts or Pull-Ups for a trip, etc. etc.? Like by now I should just have this stuff in my glove compartment ready to go. Don’t be like me, be prepared. It’ll save you a lot of time and stress.
5. Get the whole family involved (ok, well at least dad): Potty training is a lot easier when everyone is on the same page and engaged in the process. Once my husband stepped up his game we were really able to make some progress. Older siblings can join in on the celebrations too. This will help encourage the little ones and show them that their siblings have been through it too!

I’ll be diving more into each of these topics a little more through the end of the year and giving updates on how our potty training progress is going, and maybe by the end he’ll earn his potty training graduate degree.

Tell us how you got your kids (and yourself!) excited to start potty training and made the journey fun. You could win $1,000 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Parents Magazine. Three runners-up will win a 1-month supply of Pull-Ups Training Pants. Enter now at parents.com/itstimetopotty. Hurry though! The contest ends June 30.

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups®Training Pants.
*vs Pampers Easy Ups

Jennifer Borget is a part-time journalist, full-time creator, and mom of two. She loves writing, photography and making videos. Cherish 365 is where she’s working to make a difference, and encouraging others to cherish every day.


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