Ready to poo poo potty training? Read this first.

From the moment you held your little bundle of joy, you knew this day would come.  You knew it wouldn’t be easy. You knew it would be gross.  Potty. Training. Perhaps the one part of parenting everyone would rather skip. But guess what?

You’ve already started the potty training process by preparing yourself for the inevitable.  Here are some tips that we have used at Kids College to get our little ones used to the toilet:

Find what works for you

First, remember each child is different and unique. If you Google, “potty training,” a gazilion sites will pop up with a plethora of helpful advice. Nonetheless, be prepared by understanding that potty training takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. No two children are the same, which means that your best friend’s “Toilet Training in 10 Days or Less” might not work for your little one.

Introduce the Toilet Early

Allow your little one to become one with the porcelain chair. All joking aside, it’s a great idea to introduce the bathroom routine early on by demonstrating how it works. Allow your little girl to go to the bathroom with you. Let your little boy go with dad or another prominent male figure in his life and encourage them by saying: “Do you want to try to use the potty like mommy/daddy?”

Another option is to wrap their little potty chair in gift wrap and give it to them as a present. Or let them decorate it with stickers.  A couple of Kids College parents said they ditched the diaper changing table once their little one was mobile and immediately started changing diapers in the bathroom.

Get Your Child Into the Idea of Potty Training

Have your child practice putting on training paints, washing hands at the bathroom sink and sitting on the potty chair. Start using a potty chart (download ours here) and every time your little one accomplishes a potty training task – from telling when they need to go to pulling down their own pants, let them pick out a sticker and attach it to the chart. The point is to make a BIG deal when they use the potty. One of our parents lets her little girl eat a “mellow” (marshmallow) each time she uses the potty. Use interactive approaches, such as videos, songs and books to keep them interested.

At Kids College, we also enjoy doing the “Potty Dance,” which basically involves singing and dancing — any way to make your child see the excitement you feel about them using the potty! Once they are staying somewhat dry with the training pull-ups, we encourage our parents to allow children to pick out their own “Big Boy/Girl underwear.” This builds excitement with the child.

Be Prepared

Make sure you have a lot of extra change of clothes available. And place a trash bag under your child’s car seat to avoid any accidents spilling onto your seats.

Communicate with your child’s caregivers and stay on schedule. It is critical to provide a stable routine to give your child the best chance at succeeding at potty training. Tell them you can’t leave the house to run an errand/go to school/grandma’s until they have gone potty. That way they get in the routine of going potty before any car ride.

Stay Positive and Patient

This is probably the most difficult part of potty training. There are going to be a lot of accidents, but remember that children thrive on positive reinforcement. Don’t punish your little one for having an accident or they could become anxious about potty training. Praise will help keep them motivated during each potty training stage.

Be Consistent

Once your child is out of diapers – keep them out of them. According to, toddlers train faster if they don’t switch back and forth between diapers and training pants. We also recommend inviting them to go potty once every hour in the beginning – although this might be difficult to do when you are out and about on weekends. A little bit extra work/inconvenience in the beginning will allow both you and your child to succeed at potty training in a much shorter time than dragging it out over months and months. It is also very important to speak to your caregiver to ensure that you are both using the same approach to potty training. Make sure your child’s childcare provider never humiliates a child. Ask them to also take them every hour or take note of the circumstances during an accident. For example, if your child is having an accident every day during playground time, the teacher needs to make sure that your child is taken to the bathroom before, during and after playground time.

Good luck, parents!