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When it comes to potty training, every child is different, so every parents’ experience is different. With all that we’ve been through, I know one thing for sure – I believe it’s important to celebrate little wins. Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups but the story, tips and opinions are all my own.

I have learned the hard way how important is it to be prepared just in case. They say optimists are always late because they perceive they have more time than they really do. Well I also tend to forget that potty accidents are possible.

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone on a trip only to realize I forgot to pack any Pull-Ups for bedtime. Or oops… My son just fell asleep on a long road trip and he’s totally not wearing his Pull-Ups. So in order to help you learn from my mistakes so you don’t make the same, here are five tips I have for potty training success on the go.

Potty training on the go. Tips for potty training a kid while on the road.

1. Keep the essentials on hand. Figure out what the essentials are for you and your toddler and make sure you have them with you. For me it was always having Pull-Ups and wipes. For you it could involve a portable potty seat. Make sure they’re easily accessible in your car or a handy bag.

2. Always know where the closest bathroom is. Whenever I walk into a mall, grocery store, airport, whathaveyou, I still have the habit of scoping out the nearest bathroom. Is it at the font of the store or the back? Both? Knowing where it is can help you big time once your trainee pronounces they’ve gotta go. And yes, most of the time it will be when you’re nearing the front of the checkout line.

3. Keep incentives handy. Incentives shouldn’t only be convenient when you’re at home. Remember that toddlers don’t have as deep of a sense of time so instant gratification as important, and they can be less effective when you don’t have them on hand right when you need them. Depending on your child’s negotiating skills and your willpower you could wind up buying something even more expensive at the store as an incentive versus just handing over a chocolate candy at home. Pull-Ups also have great incentives and games on There are tons of simple ways to make potty training fun and easy for parents and toddlers to start together, with guidance on how to tailor the journey based on your little one’s unique personality. In fact, 3 of 4 moms prefer Pull-Ups©!*

4. Clean up supplies. Definitely something to remember, especially if you’re using a potty chair and stopping along the road. Some hand sanitizers, soap and towels in case you need to tidy up any spills. This is a great opportunity to get your little one involved in the journey too – let them pick out their favorite soap or towel to keep in the car.

5. Extra clothes. I still forget to keep an extra pair of shorts on hand, and yes, I’ve already been in a predicament where I’ve had to run into the store and buy a cheap pair after an accident. You’d think I’ve learned my lesson. A good idea is to keep them in a plastic bag that way when you can replace the clean clothes with the soiled ones.

Potty training on the go. Tips for potty training a kid while on the road.

Sometimes we just think about shorts and underwear but potty accidents can be messy. Actually pack a shirt too while you’re at it! When we are flying, sometimes I’ll have my son carry his extra clothes or Pull-Ups in his backpack so I know they’re always on us. Sometimes I’ll even toss the extra incentives too and hope he doesn’t notice.

Potty training a child doesn’t mean you need to confine yourself to your house and miss out on fun experiences. Potty training on the go can be a challenge but it’s totally doable. We’ve survived! I know you will too.

Any questions? What are your best tips for potty training on the go?

*Pull-Ups offering includes product, packaging and in-pack prizes and activities vs. Pampers© Easy Ups©.

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups Training Pants.


5 tips for surviving potty training on the go.

Now that my little ones are potty training graduates I feel like I kinda sorta know a thing or two about getting started. But do you know who knows even more? You! Well, all of you, us, collectively, parents who have been there and gotten advice from one another. Because every child is different, but in a pool of hundreds of children, a few are bound to respond similarly to potty training, right? Well that’s my theory anyway.

I’ve partnered with Pull-Ups to compile your stories. Last month I asked for your best potty training advice. I thought maybe I’d get a handful of answers but you guys gave a plethora of replies. We hit the jackpot, and surely there’s something in here to help even the toughest trainers through your potty training woes.

Reading through them all I saw many reoccurring themes. Here are the top suggestions to get you started on a successful potty training journey:

Take cues from one another

It’s not about waking up one day and deciding today is the day your child will be magically potty trained. There is no set time to start potty training your son or daughter, but you can prepare yourself for the journey by identifying some potty training readiness behaviors.

“Let your child watch you go to the bathroom, keep a potty in the bathroom even when your child is a baby, when you notice that your child is going in her diaper, acknowledge it in a positive way, never act disgusted. I could go on and on!” – Brenda Kosciuk

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Make it a game

Sometimes making going potty fun is just the trick to getting them to go for it. Potty training can sound daunting, but why not make it fun? There are a variety of ways to do this – games, incentives and stickers – whatever works for you and your child. Visiting is a great place to start looking for fun activities to do with your child when potty training.

“I nannied for almost 3 years for a family of 4. For the boys if they are being taught to pee standing up you can put things like Cheerios or fruit loops in the toilet. It’s like a ‘ready aim fire!!’ Some kids love it others don’t. Also each kid develops at their own time. For some kids its several days and done, others it’s months and then setbacks. They are small, still learning, and their bladder is still developing. Getting mad can just scare them and make things worse. When all else fails we always have good old Daniel Tiger ‘stop and go right away’ and ‘flush and wash’ and be on your way.” -Rachel Marie

“If you have a boy, throw some Cheerios in the toilet and let him shoot them.” –Tara Miller Nesbit

Find Their Motivation

Every kid is motivated differently. What gets your child excited? A sweet snack? A new toy? Stickers for their sticker chart?

“Find out what motivates your child. We tried and tried to potty train Xander. We tried stickers, candy, big prizes. Nothing worked. It wasn’t until we clapped for him that he actually did it!! Who knew! He just wanted positive verbal reinforcement. He did this sweeping bow as if he finished an aria!” – Amey Zeigler

“I learned that you need to find that thing that motivates your kid. For my son it was quarters. Backstory: back when he loooved opening and closing doors, a friend of my brother in law handed my son a quarter and made a big deal of thanking him for opening and holding the door. My son looked at that quarter the way Gollum looked at the ring. So when we got home, I bought him a clear piggy bank and we gave him one coin for #1 and two for #2. He loved asking for his money and watching his loot grow.” –Allison Cassidy

“A sticker chart worked wonders for my son. And keeping the characters on panties dry worked for my daughter. As well as a potty seat in front of the tv. I’ve also heard of ‘feeding the fishes’ and peeing into an old water bottle for boys. And we tried using small bags of M&Ms and reading a book while just sitting and waiting for it to happen.” – Heather Jones

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Be patient

And the most common piece of advice is to not lose your cool, be patient, they’ll get it.

“Wait until the child is ready. Don’t force it.” – Bethany Combs Alexander

“My first and second were so awful to potty train because I forced it. With #3 I said ‘screw it, I’m not potty training him until he comes to me and tells me he wants to pee in the potty.’ He did and he was trained in a couple of days with very few accidents. I’m doing the same thing with #4.” -Brooke Fresh

“’Big picture here- they won’t be wearing Pull-Ups when they go to college, so relax, ’don’t borrow worry’ I’ve applied this advice in many other aspects of parenthood.” –Amanda Winter

Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! I hope it serves as a great reminder to others that there are so many different ways to get going with potty training. For the full list of tips check out our Facebook thread.

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What worked for you? Tell us how you got your kids (and yourself!) excited to start potty training and made the journey fun.

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups Training Pants.

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? I’ve partnered with Pull-Ups to share part of our journey and tips I’ve learned along the way.

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. Who knew all of these potty training games and activities could lead to so much bonding time?

3 out of 4 moms prefer the Pull-Ups offering* with products, packaging and in-pack prizes and activities. *vs Pampers Easy Ups

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 Hurry though! The contest ends June 30.

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants.

If you asked me a couple months ago if I thought my son would ever poop in the potty I’d get a dejected look on my face. Of course, I knew he’d eventually get it, but it felt like that day would never come.

The problem

He got peeing down pat easily. But he would run and hide ever time he had to poop. Of course it seems like the solution would be to watch him like a hawk and put him on the potty when that happened right? But he would flip out hysterically and cry, then just hold it until the next day when he could sneak away.


We tried bribery, and flipping the poop into the toilet once it was in his training pants. We even tried portable potties. I didn’t know if it was a privacy thing (hence him hiding). Or if it had to do with being afraid of the splash, or what.

I figured since he wasn’t holing his poop all of the time he wasn’t afraid of the act of pooping, just something about the toilet. I don’t know what was so frightening about pooping in the potty for him but after doing it just twice, he hated the idea of it.

The trial

I did a few posts asking for suggestions. One of the most common was to just strip him down and let him be naked. It seemed to work for a lot of you.

I suggested the idea to my husband but he wasn’t too keen on the idea.

“That’s nasty!” He’d say. “Then he’s just going to hide and poop on stuff!”

But I had a theory that he wouldn’t.

We also stepped up our bribe game. I bought a toy from The Good Dinosaur series that Big T’d been eyeing on YouTube Kids. We didn’t take it out of the package and he could only hold it when he was sitting on the potty.

He would ask to go sit on the potty just so he could hold the toy. I kid you not he could sit on the pot for more than 20 minutes.

But he never went poop.

Since he was always pooping in his pull-up that must have been a comfort for him.

The solution

I stripped him down and suggested we keep watching him like we had been. When it came to be his usual time to poop he started running around and asking for his pull-up. I suggested he go on the potty. Before he didn’t want to because of fear, but now he’d become more comfortable sitting on the potty because of his new Ramsey toy.


He still wasn’t comfortable enough to poop, but we were getting close (I think he’d been holding it for about 3 days at this point, which is a little concerning, but I figured he was near his breaking point).

See, we had gotten to this point a couple of times but by the time my husband got home a pull-up would go on and he’d sneak away to poop. But now, with my husband’s naked support, we were onto something.

Our son squirmed around for a while once he realized he had to go poop, like, for real, and eventually he ran into the bathroom by himself and a few minutes later called out.


We cheered and praised and celebrated over the top. And of course he finally got to open his Ramsey toy.


Now my husband was a believer. The next few days it was more of the same thing. We got a couple more toys to bribe him with including a Nash dinosaur from the same movie, ordered from Europe.

Since that first celebration though, he hasn’t had any more accidents and he’s been in underwear all day. It feels almost unbelievable considering how I felt like we’d never get to this point.

What we’re still working on

As far as I’m concerned the kid is potty trained. I’m ecstatic and feel like we are so close to being done with the baby stage. Which is bittersweet, but at the moment feeling mostly sweet.

We haven’t totally ditched the pull-ups though, or gotten rid of the diaper pails. We’re still working on night training. Sometimes he’ll wake up and tell me he needs to go and I’ll take him to the bathroom. Other times he won’t wake up at all (and I actually don’t mind that one bit). Then some days he wakes up totally dry. I don’t see any rhyme or reason to the pattern right now, but I’m not stressed about it.

We have a Diaper Genie Expressions pail that holds the wet pull-ups until trash day, and locks in the odor so it can easily last all week. It’s easier to open and much cleaner than the previous versions we were using.


His nursery has been remade into a train room and I’m slowly making my way around the room changing decorations out. Diaper Genie Expressions fabric covers are a new fun accessory sold separately you can buy to go on them to style your diaper pail to match your child’s nursery (or toddler) room. Right now we’re using the grey clovers fabric, but it would be pretty kick-butt if they came out with some rail-road designs. There’s also pink and blue and other designs to choose from to match your style. Something I definitely would have loved in Lil’ J’s whimsical pink nursery.

We’re also still working on him pulling his pants and underwear up my himself. For some reason this doesn’t come easily to him, but every day he gets a little better and I’m not stressed about it cause hey… At least he’s finally potty trained!

Did you have a challenging kid to potty train? Did this method work for you?

I enjoy celebrating the little (and big) wins in life, ranging from those finishing touches on my child’s room, to celebrating big potty training wins! That’s why I partnered with Playtex Baby on this post. All opinions (and typos) are my own. A big thanks to Playtex Baby for sponsoring this post.

How I was able to potty train my toddler and you can too.

I’ve been lamenting about potty training for months. Maybe not all here on my blog, but definitely to anyone within proximity who will listen. Friends, co-workers, neighbors, strangers at the grocery store.

It’s not that I’ve been actively attempting and failing at the process with my son–Just the fact that I’m still changing diapers and asking myself WHY.


First off let me just confess: I’ve broken the cardinal rule of parenting by comparing my son to my daughter. I searched my old blog posts and saw that she was potty trained almost fully by age two.

What the what?

It’s ok. Just breathe. Boys are different than girls. One child is different from the next.

My son was just straight up not a fan of sitting on the potty. It was as if he was scared. It took mega bribes just to get him to sit on the pot. Finally, enough candy got him to try it, and realize the seat wasn’t going to eat him, or worse–flush while he was still on it.

Then I got brave/overly ambitious and bought undies and decided to do a 3-day potty training boot camp that lasted exactly 6 hours. In that time he did use the potty several times but I was having meltdowns after each accident, and I realized that the amount of laundry that was accumulating was not worth it. Or maybe it was, but long story short, I quit.

My husband told me to calm down. ‘You don’t can’t potty train overnight… A child’s development.. blah blah blah.’ Calm down? You calm down and grab the scrub brush!


Fast forward another month. I notice Big T has started squirming when he needs to go to the bathroom, obviously holding his bladder. I rush him to the bathroom and he goes pee. YAY! Progress!

I try taking a similar approach to what I did with my daughter and bought a bag of Thomas disposable diapers. I tell him not to go pee pee on Thomas, but in the potty because Thomas might get sad and cry.


Not only did he not really care if he gave Thomas a nice bath, he didn’t want to wear him anymore because he thought Thomas was crying in his shorts. Talk about backfiring.

He prefers his Thomas-free (also fragrance and petroleum-based lotion-free) Seventh Generation training pants. I like that they’re absorbent and hypoallergenic. He likes that he can have guilt-free accidents.

Last Friday we spent all day at my mom’s and he made it to the potty every single time. Peed and pooped! He was thrilled by mamas halftime show-worthy celebrations and he kept it up. We continued through the weekend with similar results. Thanks to Halloween I’ve been able to up my bribe game, and he’s totally buying it.

My husband is finally starting to get into the action and he sends me potty updates via text full of toilet emojis and applause. It is a team effort.

Yes, we’ve had a few incidents of not aiming correctly and pee landing on the wall and on the floor, and my leg. But I know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Some messes come with the territory. I get it. I can embrace that.

potty training essentials

So it’s been nearly a week, and I think I’m ready to give the undies another go. This time I’m armed with Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry detergent and Energy Smart Detergent. It smells nice, it’s tough on stains and gentle on the most sensitive skin. He can pee in them all he wants. Laundry won’t scare me this time (ok, maybe fresh poop in undies scares me a little, but this should help).

I’ve got loads of potty candy and I’m not afraid to use it. I’ve got patience I didn’t have before. And I’ve got a 2-and-a-half-year-old who finally seems ready and interested in giving this a real shot.

Wish us luck… Again.

*Thank-you to Seventh Generation for sponsoring this story. I’m partnering with them as I share my imperfect life and ways I’m trying to improve it with you. If being more conscious of natural cleaning products and eco-friendly diapers are on your list of priorities, head here for more information. As always, all opinions are my own.

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