Our Potty Training Journey – Top Tips

Our Potty Training Journey

Here we are at the end of our main potty training journey. It has been a rollercoaster and at times I certainly felt like giving up but Little Man is now totally toilet trained in the day time. If you would like to read how we have got on then you can read the posts below.

Top Tips

I am in no means a potty training expert in fact I have had rather a lot of potty training fails in the last few months. I thought I would share my 5 top tips for potty training and maybe if you are about to embark on a potty related journey you can avoid making the same mistakes I did.

Consistency – It seems obvious but once you have tried the potty thing out and it seems like your toddler is all for it then keep going!!! It is so tempting to give up on a bad day or if you are going out somewhere special but it only prolongs things. It just confuses toddlers if we do it one day but not the next.

Encouragement – Everyone likes to be told they have done well and toddlers are no exceptions. We had high fives, happy dances, claps, woops & shouts when Little Man did something on the potty. He loved the attention and the applause!!

Reward Charts – Similar to the point above Little Man responded really well to a sticker chart. When he finished the chart he got one Poundlands finest toys! He had one sticker for a wee and two for a poo. Simple.


No Pull-ups – Now before I explain I have to say this is totally dependant on the child and how you’re getting on but pull-ups became a no no for us. I will say they were great for the very beginning when we were showing Little Man how to pull his pants up and down. However, we got to the point where Little Man was successfully in pants at home but then at nursery he was in pull ups and treated them like a nappy. We would then be back to square one after a few days at nursery. I bit the bullet one week and we went completely pull up free and Little Man grasped it in no time.  I think they caused too much confusion for him.

Patience – Keep going, don’t give up. Be patient and your toddler will get it. A life without changing nappies is a good one, I promise it is worth it.

Hope these tips help, if you have any please share them with everyone in the comments below. 



A Cornish Mum

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  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    20/11/2015 at 20:52

    These tips are really great! We tried & failed at potty training our third child. I think she just wasn’t ready yet. We will give it another go after Christmas, she will be nearly 3 then. I agree with the no pull ups, reward chart & oodles of patience! x
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    • Mummy in Training
      22/11/2015 at 15:50

      Good luck!! xx

  • Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    22/11/2015 at 21:13

    I think knowing when your child is ready and not rushing it beforehand (they’re two! Must start potty training!!!) is key to success. And once you start you’ve got to be consistent, no matter how much easier it’d be to stick a nappy on them!

    Oh, and potties EVERYWHERE!
    We had one upstairs, one downstairs, a travel potty, plus child toilet seats.

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  • Robyn
    23/11/2015 at 02:45

    Great tips, it’s so good to hear what others have learned the hard way. Interesting point you make about the pull-ups being a bit like a different type of nappy and confusing toddlers in toilet training. We haven’t started our toilet training yet, but I’m sure this tip will stick in my mind for when we do get there 🙂
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  • A Cornish Mum
    26/11/2015 at 16:57

    Potty training was by far my least favourite part of being a parent by far! Torture 😉 I was almost feeling broody so thanks for the reminder 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/11/2015 at 19:30

      Hehe…oh it’s been my least fav party too. Still nice for there to be no nappies now it’s done xx

  • Vicky
    16/03/2018 at 08:53

    We’re just on the brink of making a start on this journey with our 2 1/2 year old little lady. I’ve always thought the same about pull ups so this has given me the confidence to just go for it! Thank you!

  • Vicky
    16/03/2018 at 08:53

    We’re just on the brink of making a start on this journey with our 2 1/2 year old little lady. I’ve always thought the same about pull ups so this has given me the confidence to just go for it! Thank you!


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

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