Potty training is a topic that I get emails and Facebook messages about daily. A lot of people have opinions on the topic and there are loads of resources out there to help parents.
Today I've put together 9+ of my favorite toddler potty training resources that I've found helpful. If you have additional resources that have been helpful to you, please share them!
Here are just a few of the recent issues/questions people have been sharing related to potty training and potty related issues...
- my child won't poop in the potty
- night potty training... when to do it?
- young child is trying to potty train herself but can't communicate very well
- child won't tell parents that he needs to go pee and has accidents
- child has huge meltdowns when trying to potty train despite showing all the signs of readiness
- child is afraid of the potty
- child is constipated and afraid to poop
- child won't use public toilets
- not sure how to get started with potty training
- child won't go to the bathroom when she isn't at home
- child started regressing once new sibling arrived
- potty training in 3 days didn't work
- potty training and a joint custody situation... how to manage that?
- child is wetting his bed every night after being dry for months
Do you have any potty training questions or issues? I created my Potty training Resources for Toddlers pinterest board so that readers could have easy access to all of the suggestions and ideas that I find. Since every child is different, I think having a variety of resources is really helpful!
Here are a nine favorite resources that I share quite often with readers. Click on the titles of the articles to head on over and read the full blog posts...
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I always like to avoid big mistakes... so love articles like this one from Zephyr Hill blog.
2. Tot on the Pot-
Have you heard of this? Tot on the Pot is an all-inclusive play-based potty training system that is super positive! It comes with a Parent's Guide to Potty Training, Children's Book for your child about potty training, a Tot doll (to be their potty training partner), a Pot (Toy Toilet), and Activity Reward Cards. Each Activity has ZERO burden of preparation for parents and only uses materials readily available in every home (e.g. toilet paper, socks, etc). My toddler is loving her little tot on the pot doll! Disclaimer: Tot on the Pot graciously sent me this doll for free so I could check it out.
This is how we did potty training at our house. Some people moan and groan and say the way that we did it was way too much work. It worked perfectly for us but each family will be different. My kids were potty trained pretty quickly despite being slower than the 3-day-method so I think it was a success!
I read so many articles with kids learn to potty train easily and perfectly. Sometimes it is nice to find some we can relate to when it all goes downhill. Potty training is not for the faint of heart! This post from Mums Make Lists has some useful ideas.
Janet Lansbury is not a fan of adult-led potty training and explains why in this article. I think she makes some great points!
This list put together by No Time for Flashcards includes 12 awesome books about potty training. My almost 3 year old is ready to potty train so we need to grab a few of these to start reading!
How you handle your child's accidents can really determine how he/she feels about potty training and how successful the experience ends up being.
As kids beging potty training some struggle with constripation. Here are some natural ideas that can be helpful shared by Your Kids Table.
This list put together by Honey Bear Lane comprises a good range of ideas so if you are struggling you might find something useful.
This post from Happy Hooligans shares 10 suggestions for how to get your child comfortable and pooping on the toilet.
These ten readiness signs can be helpful when you are trying to teach your child how to use the potty. Learning how to use the potty starts long before your child ever sits on toilet.
Does your child have any potty training issues? Do you have any suggestions/articles for the challenges talked about at the beginning of the article? Pass them along!