15 Clever Tricks to Take Potty Training From Awful to Awesome

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Walking away from the diaper pail for good is every parent's most cherished dream, but getting a tot to use the big people potty is usually easier said than done. We all know the basics to try and tempt small kids to use the bathroom, like getting them their own special "throne" or bribing them with candy and prizes. But beyond a tiny plastic potty chair and super cool cartoon undies, what else is there for parents to do besides cross their fingers and hope for the best? Well, that's where the Internet comes in.

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Brilliant parents share tons of smart hacks online for getting started with potty training and helping toddlers fall in love with the idea of using the big kid toilet. Whether it's crafting a DIY urinal (yes, really -- and it's actually kind of a cute idea!) or enlisting some older siblings to help set a positive potty example for the youngest members of the family, there's no end to the creativity of parents on a mission to potty train. Thank goodness we all live in the age of social media, right?

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To help moms and dads in the trenches, we've rounded up 15 of the very best and smartest potty training hacks from parents on Instagram who've been in those (possibly damp) toilet training shoes. With their clever advice and a little bit (okay, a lot) of good luck, exhausted moms, dads, and little ones everywhere might finally get the chance to say "see ya" to diapers forever.


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