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Potty Training Tips From a Failure

Potty Training Tips From a Failure

I am potty training failure. But that’s ok because you live and you learn. Hopefully, my failure will help some poor parent somewhere.  Potty training a boy is certainly an adventure and each child is different. When you potty train a boy you certainly have to approach in a way that will get their attention and encourage them to potty train. Here is my story of potty training failure and final success. Hopefully one of two of the tips will help in your potty training adventures.

The Mom Fail

I picked an age and decided to go with it. He was almost 3 so despite the fact he showed no signs of wanting to go potty I took away the diapers, put him in underpants, and decided this was that. And it went excellent for a few days. There were a few accidents but nothing major. Then disaster hit.

We woke up one day and decided to head to my son’s favorite spot. The indoor playground.Potty Training Tips From a Failure  Everything was going great for about 30 min and then I started to notice this smell. It smelled like the sewers or for lack of a better description really bad poop. I sat there disgusted and noticed other parents looking around too. We were all trying to pinpoint the smell when a mom yelled there’s poop in the tunnels.

My first thought was OMG how nasty and why would a kid….. Then have you ever sensed doom approaching? That overwhelming feeling like something just isn’t right. Well, it hit me. So I decided to look for my son. I found him near the ball pit. He sees me and goes It just came out. I look at his legs and they are darker than normal and at that moment my worst fear was confirmed.

The Horror

The current HAZMAT situation occurring was my child. I scooped him up and took him to the bathroom as discretely as possible. Once in the safety of the bathroom, I washed him and his shorts the best I could.

As we left the bathroom an employee approached. I tensed ready to be kicked out and then she speaks. She tells me how sorry she is that this happened and she noticed I had washed my son’s hands and she hopes he didn’t get any poop on him. Apparently, a child had an accident and it was in the tunnels, the ball pit, a streak down the slide… They were going to have to close for the day to call in a cleaning crew.

4 hours later when I drove by they were still closed for cleaning. My child had literally shut down a facility for a day because of our potty training epic failure.

What Next????

Later that day I had a realization. It wasn’t his fault. It was my fault. I had pushed him to potty train and he wasn’t ready. He had a good start and instead of going at his own pace I pushed thinking he was a big boy. Instead, he was still my little man who got distracted playing and just kept going. My husband and I  decided maybe we would wait a bit to continue potty training.

About a month later he showed signs of actually being ready.He became a lot more interested in the potty and a lot more dissatisfied when his diaper was wet. We tried again at his own pace and boom 6 days later he was a potty champ!

So to save everyone the trouble of an out in public tragedy I’ll tell you what worked for us.

Potty Training Tips For My Eventual Success

  • Prepare ahead of time. When he started showing ready signs I bought supplies. My son is a me do it type of child so the best item I bought was Den Haven Potty toilet seat with step stool ladder. It was literally a lifesaver. He was able to climb up onto the potty and use the nifty handles to steady himself.
  • Potty Training Tips From a Failure  Aside from that, I bought training pants for him instead of just going to straight underwear. I chose to go with Best Bottom Training Pants.They had a snap in insert. It allowed my guy to feel the wetness but it did not seep through his clothes. The insert made accident clean up super easy. Just take the insert out and replace it with a different.
  • Another essential was bed pads. We used same training pants at night but with their extra absorbent lining for night time. Just to be on the safe side I bought bed pads that had a sticky back that would stick to the mattress. This way if an accident did occur I just had to wash the sheets and remove the padding.
  • The next potty training step I took was to clear my schedule for a week. I wanted this transition to be as stress-free for him as possible and knew being home would make this more likely to happen.We stayed home and basically had a mommy and me week just hanging out and going potty.
  • Next, I increased his fluids by offering anything and everything liquid. LOL we even had soup. I wanted him to begin to notice how he felt when he had to go pee so the more fluid the better. I would set the timer for every 45 minutes and would ask him if he had to go potty.
  • Making potty training fun was important. I bought Fruit Loops and would toss a handful in for him to aim for. If he decided to sit down and go potty there was at his height sticky dartboard I set up and he could play while he went. In both instances, different colors were worth points and when he was done going potty he could get a prize from the treasure box. We also had a big board set up and he got a sticker each time he went potty. Once he had a certain amount of stickers he got to choose a big prize.

And Finally SUCCESS

When enough stickers were earned Alijah wanted his prize and we went all out. He wanted a superhero party so we had a Superhero Potty Party and invited all his friends. He got to dress up as Alijah the Potty Hero. There were cupcakes, food, a bounce house, and of course gifts to celebrate his achievement. Now I’m not saying you have to throw your kid a party but pick something that they would really want and can work towards. When you add their good job stickers keep reminding them how close to their prize they are.

Well there you have it potty training tips from a failure. The failure was mine in pushing my son too fast. But once we went at his pace the mom and son were potty training superheros.


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  1. December 5, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Great tips! I worry how potty training #2 (a boy) will go for us too but we’re a year away still more than likely. I’ll keep some of these tricks and products in mind! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. December 5, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Great Tips! Potty training should be an olympic sport! it is so difficult to teach kids how to use the potty

  3. Kim
    December 6, 2017 / 6:28 am

    Awe such adorable photos!! These are such helpful potty training tips!

    • ashleyb21
      January 3, 2018 / 12:16 am

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Tamara
    December 6, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Wow, you waited until 3! You are very patient! I had my son potty trained at two, and I can’t believe it was so easy. Took me about a week or so 🙂

  5. December 6, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Ugh, potty training is the worst sometimes. We are working on it with my youngest and we just had to throw out a pair of underwear last night for similar reasons!

    • ashleyb21
      January 3, 2018 / 12:19 am

      Oh man. We went thru a ton of underwear when we first tried but once we retried and I had the snap in ones it made life so much easier and less expensive

  6. December 6, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Such great tips! I don’t have any children, but will share with friends of mine who are trying to potty train. It sounds like quite a feat! Thanks for sharing your advice!

  7. Ashley Weasley
    December 7, 2017 / 7:02 am

    hat a great tips! This is such a great idea for those new moms. I wish I had this when my son was still a kid.

  8. Angela Cardamone
    December 7, 2017 / 9:07 am

    These are all such great tips! Fortunately, the potty training days are over here, but I will pass this along!!

  9. December 7, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Potty training is a memory for me but I know it is such a critical point in a child’s life, a parent’s life and your relationship. It is so hard to know when the right time is to sink or swim but having a life preserver is a good idea.

  10. Candy Rachelle
    December 7, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Such an adorable photos. and these are some great tips for potty training. Potty training can be worse sometimes. lol!! I wish I can be patient as you are.

  11. December 8, 2017 / 5:35 am

    I remember when I had to potty train my daughter. My ex didn’t have the energy to keep with it. So one weekend I just pushed and made sure we followed through and it worked.

  12. December 8, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    It comes naturally for the kids and you’ll know when they’re ready! I think it’s really awesome that you’re sharing these tips, it’s going to help especially the new parents!

  13. December 8, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Oh gosh, I am going thru the same thing right now, she’ll be 3 in April so I am trying to get int under control now but she still wants nothing to do with the toilet until comes bath time when she all of a sudden needs to go poo. Every time, but at least she sits on the toilet then and doesn’t like going in the tub. WHEW!

    That day must have been horrifying, BUT, accidents happen. Thank you for the tips.

    • ashleyb21
      January 3, 2018 / 12:18 am

      Oh I remember those mad dashes to the potty from the tub. He’s trained now but I remember him going in the tub ugg. Hope potty training goes well for you and your little princess. Positive thoughts.

  14. Glenda
    December 9, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Porting training is not easy. I wish they had these when my kids were small.

  15. December 9, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    This potting training looks fun. I had never experience is this for my kids.I wonder if there was potting training in our place.

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