Potty Training {Take Six}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 9, 2010

Today is Day 3 of potty training Noah, and I have to say it’s going very well. I’m thinking it helps that his older brothers and sister remind him that he needs to use the potty like a big boy, rather than going in his pants. Most of all, though, I know he was more than ready to shed the diaper.

Even though I have been through this training process five times before – four, really, since Ben trained himself – I still dreaded it this go ’round. All of my boys were close to three when I began, so they all picked it up pretty quickly, especially with our potty training system.

I’d like to share some items we’ve had handy with each potty training experience ::

pirate pottyBooks — Books that provide helpful, step-by-step stories that introduce girls & boys to the concept of toilet training are incredibly helpful. There are a couple of books by Samantha Berger that we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy. Pirate Potty is a pirate-themed, toilet-training book that is fit for the little swashbuckler in your life. This book includes a pirate’s hat and reward stickers, while Princess Potty follows the same theme, but is fit for the Royal Highness in your life, complete with a tiara and reward stickers!

A Potty Chair — For the first little while, it can be intimidating for your little one to sit on a great big, adult-sized toilet. I can only imagine the sense of feeling like I could fall in! There are many different types of potty chairs, from simple to deluxe, but we have found that we really only need a basic chair with a removable “bowl” to easily rinse out between bathroom breaks.

Rewards & Incentives — While stickers work as rewards for some children, others need a bit more incentive to sit on the potty and avoid going in their pants. I let each of my children choose their own reward. Some of our favorite incentives have included licorice nibs and M&M’s.

Flushable Wet Wipes — Toilet paper can be rough on a tiny tush. Using wet wipes will help prevent rashes and also ensure a clean little booty.

Pull-Ups — I firmly believe that, once you toss out the diapers to begin potty training, you should steer clear of any type of covering that keeps the little tush dry. An accident is more apparent when wearing undies and we want our little trainee to know that s/he has had an accident. That said, we do use Pull-Ups at night, just until we can have dry nights.

Enter to win some potty training essentials right here at From Dates to Diapers!

pullups logoA Potty Training Kit from Pull-Ups — This kit includes a $50 AMEX gift card (so you can stock up on new Pull-Ups – while supplies last – and everything else you need to get started), a Big Kid Central Potty Training Success DVD (with techniques, tips, songs and games to help you and your child succeed), two coupons for FREE Pull-Ups, and two Disney DVD’s – Toy Story 2 and The Princess & The Frog.

A Potty Prize Pack — This prize pack includes a Boon Potty Bench and copies of both Princess Potty & Pirate Potty.

Princess Potty & Pirate Potty — Two winners will also receive a copy of each book.

There are two ways to enter::

  • Leave me a comment with your answer to the following question – What are some of YOUR potty training essentials?
  • Tweet the following message – I just entered the Toy Story 3 @PullUpsBigKid #pottytraining kit giveaway. http://bit.ly/aisH4W Thanks @youngmommy! – and leave me a separate comment.

Four winners will be chosen at random, at 9pm on June 29th, and notified by email.

Pull-Ups® training pants provided me with product coupons to try out the new Learning Designs Pull-Ups® with Toy Story 3/Princess and the Frog characters. I have also received Princess Potty and Pirate Potty to review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups® products or the Potty books.

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Ashley R June 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Well, we haven’t quite started potty training yet, but will start introducing the idea in the next few months. So, an essential will be the potty that I just bought, that will sit next to the big potty. At 1 1/2 he’s already showing tons of interest in doing what mommy and daddy do with the potty, so we want to just slowly get him acquainted until he’s really ready! I would LOVE to win this so we can get off to a great start with our son! Thanks so much for the chance!
reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com


Kristen June 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Our oldest is starting to potty train (2nd attempt) and this time, he’s been motivated by M&Ms and getting a “special car” when he goes potty!


FireMom June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I’m not writing to enter except to say that, YES!, books work! We got Even Firefighters Use the Potty. LittleBrother loved it. :)

Continued success fo you!
.-= FireMom´s last blog ..Accidental Fire Schedule Win =-.


Beth June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

We are just starting out, and so far we have a potty and a DVD, “Potty Time with Bear,” that my daughter likes.


Stephanie Burt June 9, 2010 at 11:43 pm

My biggest essential is PATIENCE! Patience for the process of teaching a new “trick” and patience for my kids to learn! I’m really going to need a big dose, I fear, teaching my little boy how to use the potty. I’m just not convinced that he’ll pick it up as quickly as my 2 older girls did. But who knows, he could surprise me! I think I’ll need to stock up on m&ms or jelly beans too!


Joyce June 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

The books and videos helped, but what really helped was the reward sticker chart.


Margaret Smith June 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

My potty training essentials are to keep some small toys as rewards around. Also, keep some books or something to entertain your child by the potty. So they can sit and play. Another essential is to remind, remind, remind.
Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.


Margaret Smith June 10, 2010 at 7:53 am

I tweeted:
Thanks again


carol June 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and lots of praise!


carol June 10, 2010 at 8:19 am
Adrienne Gordon June 10, 2010 at 8:22 am

Patience and lowering expectations are my two bits of advice.


Denise S June 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

My essentials are Pull-Ups, real underwear, M&Ms, and patience!


Kristin June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

Our potty training essentials for Natalie (2nd) include pull-ups, a seasame street potty seat and jelly beans for a reward. We have tried (and failed) twice so far and are taking a break now. We’ll probably wait at least a month to try again.


Linda Stewart June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

My potty training essentials stickers, surprises, Apple Jacks, and lots of praise.
.-= Linda Stewart´s last blog ..The Start of My Journey – UPDATED! =-.


Linda Fish June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

M & M’s are great incentive!


Priscilla H. June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

I don’t know yet! We are about to start and this would be great! I need all the help I can get ;) Thank you!


Priscilla H. June 10, 2010 at 10:30 am
Sarah D. June 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Potty training essentials: fun books and bleach for cleaning up bad aim. :)


Linda Stewart June 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Follow on Twitter & tweeted – https://twitter.com/NCBelle36/status/15850811792
.-= Linda Stewart´s last blog ..The Start of My Journey – UPDATED! =-.


Alice C. June 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

We just started so it’s still trial and errors. So far, I’ve been able to get away with just clapping with enthusiasm. The novelty will probably wear off soon so we’ll be onto stickers and gummies next.


Autumn B. June 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

m&ms or stamps work wonders =) as well as a timer to remind myself to take him to the potty

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Anne D June 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Keep books handy and a drink.


susan varney June 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Kiara June 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm
Mommy Reporter June 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I think my number one potty training essential is WIPES! And lots of them… because undoubtedly, there will be accidents, messes, and icky stuff, thank God for wipes!!!
.-= Mommy Reporter´s last blog ..First Lady seeks volunteers to help kids this summer =-.


Mommy Reporter June 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I just tweeted the giveaway too!!
.-= Mommy Reporter´s last blog ..First Lady seeks volunteers to help kids this summer =-.


Sarah Martin June 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm
Heather @ One Take On Life June 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Potty essentials – well since my daughter has taken it upon herself to jump start this potty training – a soft potty seat. She likes to sit on the big girl potty and will tell me when she has to go. No not all the time, but I think if I put in the work with her, she’ll get trained. She’s not quite 2 years old.
So I would love to win this stuff!
.-= Heather @ One Take On Life´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: She’s his biggest fan =-.


Mami2jcn June 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

For a boy, using cheerios as “targets” in the potty worked for us.


Ellie W June 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

My boys are all in their 20′s so it was a long time ago that I had to deal with potty training. Now my 2 year old grandson is getting ready and since I keep him 12 hours a day, most of the potty training duties will be mine. I’ve forgotten most everything I did. I think the reward system might work well. I am going to stock up on small treats like Hotwheels and see if that method will help us.


Ellie W June 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Eileen Burke June 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Essential #1 M&M’s for bribing!


Eileen Burke June 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm
Christa June 11, 2010 at 8:00 am

Having patience and creativity, each child is different!


Kristi C June 11, 2010 at 8:50 am

My main essential was having plenty of cleaning supplies on hand for the accidents.


Kristi C June 11, 2010 at 8:50 am
Janelle June 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

I made a sticker chart for my daughter and also gave her a small matchbox car every time she pooped. She watched a Sesame Street video Elmo’s Potty Time that my daughter watched and we also read some going on the potty books. Her favorite was “I Can Go Potty” with Kermit. I’m going to start to try training my son in a few months and I’m not really looking forward to it because I’m afraid he’s a little stubborn.
.-= Janelle´s last blog ..Full to the Brim – Kid’s Book Giveaway List (6/11/10) =-.


Janelle June 11, 2010 at 11:32 am
Denise B. June 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I just use a small toilet seat that goes on top of the regular one.


Tracy P June 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

This is my 3rd child so you would think I would be a pro at this – NOPE, not at all! She is tough! I am trying everything. I bought new, “pretty” underwear, we have a potty chair in the living room AND bathroom, PLUS, we have a Dora potty seat that goes on top of our toilet, together with a step stool to help her up. She is going in the potty, but still in her pull-ups too. I make a HUGE deal when she does pee on the potty, and have a baggie with small “treats” in it as awards.

We have movies, books, you name it – I am trying everything! I need help from the potty fairy, if you see her, PLEASE send her to my house! :)


lisa June 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm
AQHorse June 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

With my fourth daughter, I am finding that training is easier than ever. Her older sisters provide support (running to get ‘dry panties’ rewards) and make good role models. I also keep a potty chair in the van so shopping doesn’t ruin a good dry day!


Paige June 11, 2010 at 10:59 pm

we were the weirdos that put a potty in the living room :-) WOrked for us. Now we still wear pullups at bedtime, and I am really unsure about how to get him nightime potty trained!


brandy nelson June 12, 2010 at 12:23 am

For my son, I used Once Upon A Potty for Him, fruit loops, and stickers as rewards.


jengd June 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Until recently, praise was the best but my son has never really gotten past me just putting him on the potty, usually successfully, after lunch. He won’t tell me anything on his own until after he’s done it so now I’m going with bribery- Pez seems to be a key here.


Mellissa C June 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I bribed with popcicles, which probably was not a good idea since that would make them go to the bathroom more.


John Hogrewe June 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Our family is just about to start this for the first time so I am looking for any advice and tips. I am not on Twitter. Thank you!


Jacob June 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Unfortunately, our potty training essentials consist of paper towels and floor/toilet cleaners!!


Jacob June 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Cujo June 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Potty training essentials include M&M’s to reward and lots of parental patience. This is something your child needs to master in his/her own time. Good luck.


Cujo June 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

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Kyle Banderman June 13, 2010 at 1:41 am
Kyle Banderman June 13, 2010 at 1:42 am
Joel June 13, 2010 at 2:05 am

Time, patience, and a potty is all you need to start out. The rest is trial and error.


hallie June 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm

My potty training essentials are… patience, love, some informative kiddy books, and a good potty!


hallie June 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm
bandy June 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

we use books and a lot of patience. This would be so great, we are potty training our son, and i’m totally lost. Training the girls seemed so easy.


bandy June 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm
Katrina June 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

we will be starting in a few months so no essentials yet except patience
.-= Katrina´s last blog ..Scrubbing Down the Fort =-.


Kaylee June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

we use books and a lot of patience. This would be so great, we are potty training our son, and i’m totally lost. Training the girls seemed so easy.


Gail Crawford June 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm

My potty training help is to let the toddlers look at potty training videos on you tube.


Erin M. June 15, 2010 at 4:56 am

Elmo goes potty! Yep, it made it seem GREAT for anyone who can “do it” (use the potty) haha.


Bethany June 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Patience is the #1 requirement, but it’s in short supply at times. ;) Otherwise, Pull-Ups (my daughter calls them Princess Pants), stickers and M&M’s.


Sarah June 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

M&M’s, Dora undies and the Boon potty bench!


Sarah June 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Kelly D. June 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Potty training essentials include: a cup of water, plenty of distractions (toys & books), and M&M’s. It’s so hard just to get my son to sit on the potty for more than 2 seconds! (The M&Ms help bunches!) Thanks for the chance!
Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com


Kelly D. June 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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Theresa Clift June 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

When my daughter potty trained we had many, many, many pairs of terry panties, I kept them on the back of the couch. We also left her potty chair in the living room and then as she got better we moved it closer to the bathroom and eventually in the bathroom when she finally got control.


Steve W June 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

A lot of patience!


kathy D June 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Funny story my 3 and half year old has been potty trained for a year and just asked me about the candy that use to be in the bathroom that he go for going potty….. LOL


kathy D June 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm
Sonya Sparks June 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm
ecaterina June 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Beverly Whipple June 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

We are potty training my daughter and the 2 absolutely necc things are: her cushy tushy seat (fits over a regular toliet seat) and one of her Winnie the Pooh books. She will sit there “reading” and all of a sudden… :)


Linda June 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I have a cookie treat and stickers for going potty!


julieh June 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Some of my essentials is a jar we put a colored marble in after successful trips to the bathroom, and when the jar is full there will be special treat.


Anna June 27, 2010 at 12:34 am

The little one in my house is doing great! He loves to read while on the potty.. lol.


Anna June 27, 2010 at 12:36 am
Robin June 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

Our essentials are pull-ups and wipes


michelle robbins June 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

sticker chart


Gena June 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

What are some of MY potty training essentials?

Cheerios! For little boys it is great for teaching them to go in the toilet (great targets)


Gena June 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Jill Myrick June 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Some of our potty training essentials are their favorite book or small toy (this to them is comforting), music from a small radio, new character underwear such as Tinkerbell of buzz Lightyear and disposable wipes.
The new underwear to them signifies that they are big boys and girls now. and once I purchased them for my son he was potty trained within two days. My daughter took about a month and I am hoping that the next will go just as smoothly.
But we do still use pull ups for night wear.

Thank you so much for the giveaway.



Krista June 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm

M&M rewards!


Nafeasee Jordan June 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Some of my potty training essentials– Daddy and lollipops! Both are pretty motivating!


Melissa M. June 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

My potty training essentials are a timer and patience.


Jennifer W. June 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

My potty training “tip” would be to wait until your child is ready. If you try before they are ready, it just won’t work. Try it for a few days and if they are ready, keep going, if not try again in a month or so.


Paula Hafner June 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Bribery :) I always use a sticker chart, candy (a couple of Skittles or M&M for each success), and a bigger prize everytime they get a set number of stickers. It’s also important to find which training pants and/or underwear works best for your child. If they love them then they’re less likely to soil them. We also bought a doll that wets so that they could see the doll pee and help “train” their doll.


Craig Johnson June 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

sometimes it makes u want to scream!!!!


Amanda D. June 28, 2010 at 2:09 am

Potty Training essentials: you must find some reward that your child is very interested in.

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Julie L June 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Don’t expect instant results and a “virtue” that I had to learn to have-patience


mike s. June 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Potty training hasn’t started quite yet in our house, but soon… very soon… we’ve got the chair, steps, movies, etc, but I think the most important things would be diapers/pants that jr. can operate on his own should the need arise and hand wipes to make sure we all stay healthy.


mike s. June 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm
lisa June 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm

A training potty and keep it fun!


lisa June 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm
Jen June 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

STicker rewards!


Daniel M June 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

i don’t have kids but my sis does and could really use this soon!


Traci T June 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

What are some of YOUR potty training essentials? 1. Talk about it a lot to assess if they’re really ready. 2. positive reinforcement


Katie June 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

My son won’t be ready to start potty training for probably a year or so (fingers crossed), but if I learned anything from the first 9 months, its to be prepared. So, on that note, I’d still like to win and have the ‘stuff’ ready to when I do need it instead of needing it and not having it.


Tara V June 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Potty training essentials in my home are cheerios (to reward ) and lots of toilet paper! It seems that paying with TP is funner than learning to use the potty


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