It’s Potty Time…

It’s Potty Training Time around here and Julia is thrilled with her new ‘potty skills’.

But we’re just getting started… I have to admit that I’ve been very relaxed about the whole potty training thing and so we haven’t worked too seriously at it yet.

So we have yet to reach the stage where Julia is telling me she has to go potty and then goes. Also, we have yet to have a ‘poop’ in the potty.

But so far Julia is having fun and loves to use all the different potties and potty seats that she has. We’ve got one kids potty in the upstairs bathroom and one down here in the play area and two different potty seats for the ‘big potty’.

It’s kind of strange, but I’m not that excited about Julia moving out of diapers… I like the convenience of diapers and I hate the idea of having to rush to a potty when we’re out on errands. Plus, I’m a complete germ freak and I hate public washrooms. But alas, progress we must… even if it is a bit inconvenient.

I was pleased to learn some helpful hints and get lots of reassurance about my own feelings towards potty training from Elizabeth Pantley’s book “The No-Cry Potty Training Solution”.

Pantley keeps the process simple and stress-free. She first helps you to decide when you and your child are ready to begin pre-potty training and more active toilet training. Then she offers helpful steps and ideas to guide you through a relaxed and even joyful potty training process.

I especially liked her six-part Quick Guide which summarizes the key points of the book. And as Julia and I move through the process, I love that I know I can turn to her answers to common questions and problems to help us through any issues that may come up.

We’re fortunate to have a copy of this book “The No-Cry Potty Training Solution” to give to one of you.

So if you’re soon to start potty training or in the midst of the action, leave a comment and let us know if you’d like to be entered in our draw for the book.

And I’d also love to hear about your own tales of toilet training. Were you excited to be done with diapers, or were you like me… a little lazy getting to the end result? Please leave a comment and share your own story with any tips you may have.

When we do the draw for the book, we’ll only enter those in the draw who have specified they are interested in receiving a copy of the book.

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner… #80 Chelsey!!!


  1. says

    We potty trained my son backwards. He had major issues with shoving his hands down his diaper. Imagine the horror. So we taught him to poop in the potty first–I really could not have cared less if he peed all over the floor 5 times a day as long as the poop made it into the potty instead of onto his hands! He took to it very quickly, and naturally progressed to peeing in the potty as well.

  2. Tiffany M says

    I am trying to potty train a willful 3 yrs at this moment. This book would be a great thing to have right now.

  3. says

    We just started attempting to potty train our 2.4 yo dd. Having been through this twice b4 I thought the 3rd time would be a charm but she’s proving very resistant. Not sure what to do we’ve tried stickers and rewards BUT she’s truly NOT getting it. She’ll say peepee in the potty, however I’m thinking she really doesn’t KNOW what that is. I’m eager to get her out of diapers b/c I’ve been changing someones diapers for the last 7 yrs and I’m so ready to stop…lol This book sounds interesting…

  4. says

    We have started early – 16 months – but are on hold right now because we just moved to Norway for the fall and are without our potty seat until our fed ex shipment arrives. I am lucky that she already tells me when she is pooping and will even do it in the toilet. We still have a long way to go though.

  5. Jill H. says

    working on my 3.5 year old….and we need help! I didn’t realize Ms. Panley had a book on potty training, I love her “No Cry Sleep solution” books!

  6. tammy b says

    sigh….i’ve got almost 4 yo twin girls who we’re trying to get trained. the youngest loves her underpants and has rarely had an accident since she started wearing them about 6 months or so ago….i should say pee. the child, who has pooped on the potty several times, prefers to continue doing it in her panites. her sister, has absolutely no interest what-so-ever in using the potty. she’s pooped on it once and think’s that it, i’m done. i thought for sure they would be the impetus for the other to use the toilet. i was SO wrong. my 6yo dd was trained by 3, and really we just waited for her to be ready and decide to be a ‘big girl’ – let me tell ya, after having 3 in diapers at once, one still in pull-ups, and changing poopy underpants at least 2x a week, i could really use some help!

    to all the other moms, see, it’s not so bad, you’ve only got one to train! 😉 tammy b

  7. Laura says

    I’d love this book. We aren’t potty training yet, but my 18-month-old will be ready in a few months. lol, just kidding, I’m not that naive. :) BUT hopefully in the next … long while. :)

  8. says

    I’d love to. After some trial and error we ended up succeeding with training our first while on a week’s vacation! How bout them apples!? Anyway I’d love any help!

  9. says

    I would love a copy of this book. I keep hearing horror stories from other twin moms about potty training so I’m doing everything I can to prepare. I loved Pantley’s No Cry Sleep Solution so this is a must read.

  10. ~Lana B.~ says

    O we have just begun potty training so this book would be a WONDERFUL help! Just last nite we were at my oldest DD’s marching band rehersal. DD#2 yelled out “HI SISSY!!!” so that everyone turned to look at her up i the stands JUST as she reached down under her dress and took off her pull up and showed it to the world exclaiming “POO POO PANTIES!!” ….fortunately she was wrong and the panties were dry and clean but Mom was a bit red faced!!! LOL
    ~Lana B.~

  11. says

    That sounds like a helpful book. I am thinking about potty training as my daughter is 3. Is it a book that teaches me how not to cry about it because that is what I need.

  12. says

    My little Sydney is turning 2 in September, and we are starting to think about training her. This book looks like it would have alot of insight. I would love to win a copy.

  13. says

    I totally need this book! My son has been peeing on the potty for a few months, but only when I practically drag him there. And he STILL won’t poo on the potty. Please enter me to win this book!

  14. says

    my little ones potty training days are over and I was actually very blessed in this area but i know of two moms that would really love some help with their little ones, please count me in…

    (a funny story – when my oldest was learning to potty train, she’s 28 now and would kill me if she knew i was sharing this, but anyway, i was a stay at home mom, money was not tight – it was invisible and it was so cold that we literally shut down our apartment and the 3 of us lived in our bedroom. well, since we had a master bath right in our bedroom we would let our little run around “free willy” or diaperless and when she looked like she was about to tinkle, we’d run her over to her potty and make a big fuss over her. her favorite thing to do was imitate us, especially my husband, so when she had gotten really good at potty training she would take a magazine and say, i’ll be in my office if you need me… how cute was that???


  15. Crystal D says

    Sign me up. I am going to start potty training my 2 year old in three weeks when my older daughter goes to pre-school.

  16. says

    I need all the advice I can get. I started with my daughter last weekend, but I decided to wait before going full throttle. She just didn’t seem quite ready. I’m still gathering suggestions and advice from all over to glean through and decide what I want to do with my daughter. Sign me up for the drawing for sure. Thanks.

  17. says

    We thought our second daughter would be potty trained early because she was 18 months old when our oldest was potty training and already sitting on the potty chair and going. We waited until she was a bit older to really try training her and it’s been an uphill battle ever since. She’s 4 1/2 and still has accidents during the day – she had 2 of them today. She’ll go a couple of weeks doing great and then have a couple of weeks with accidents every day. So I’m in no hurry to get started with our 3rd daughter for a while yet!

  18. says

    Oh yes yes yes!! I am definitely in on this contest and would love to have the book for my almost 2 year old who loves to tell me he has to potty only to get him in the bathroom and him say “teeth”, “teeth”. He just uses potty to get in the bathroom where he really wants to brush his teeth!

    Sign me up for the book drawing pretty please ladies!

    Thank you,

  19. Cassie says

    Me too! I have a 20 month old son that has started removing his diaper when he pees or poops, but isn’t really interested in sitting on the potty. UGH! I would love to have a copy of this book!


  20. says

    Please count me in! I can’t get my daughter to be consistent. She has no problem going at daycare. She rarely has accidents. But at home is a completely different story. She knows when she needs to go #1 and #2 but won’t tell us she needs to go. Most times she has no problem sitting on it but other times when we can tell she needs to pee or poop, she fights us to sit on the potty. She had no problem actually peeing or poopy on the potty when my 10 yr old sister-in-law was with us a few weeks ago. She’ll be 3 in less than 2 months and needs to be fully potty trained before she can start going to the 3 yr old class.

  21. says

    I am in the middle of trying to train my little girl and it is so NOT going well. I’m open to any and all suggestions and would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. says

    I’d enjoy a copy – I have no idea how easy my 3rd daughter will be to train. My first was a breeze. She decided she was ready and never looked back. Never even had a nighttime accident. My 2nd daughter was a struggle. Seems we’d progress then go three steps backward. My youngest is 2 and thinks her sisters wearing big girl pants is the neatest thing! So who knows! I agree, at the beginning it is very inconvenient and diapers are so much easier! But once they get it figured out, it seems to go quicker and easier.

  23. says

    Oh boy, could I EVER use this book! I’m trying to potty train a VERY stubborn 3 1/2 year old before #3 arrives – I need all the help I can get!

  24. Queenofthahouse4 says

    Its great that you are giving away a free book, but since I have already finished with potty training, I am only intrested in comment on the issue and hopefully help someone out.

    I was like you, a little too relax, with the potty training. My daugher who is now three just got out of the pull ups a couple months ago. Actually she could of got out of them earlier, but hubby did not want her to end up wetting in the bed.

    When I did decide to started potty training her,I talked to her about it and told her that she is a big girl now, and its time to start wearing big girl underwear. What made that so special is that I told her we would go to the store and she could pick out any kid of underwear that she wanted too. That helped out a lot. Also I told her that she could buy stickers,and that we can make a sticker book and she could color/decorate it any way that she wanted too and we can hang it up on the refrigator,that way everybody could she how well she was doing.

    I also told her that every time she pee in the potty she would get to picked out one sticker and put the sticke(s)in her book and every time she poop in that potty she would get two stickers.

    I do believe that really got the ball rolling, because after that things really went a lot smoother. Believe me she kept up with how many stickers she was suppose to get and she never let me forget, when it was time for her to get her sticker(s). Also once we got the ball rolling I went out and purchased “Elmo’s Potty Time”.

    She was so proud to see all those stickers. Everday when her siblings and Dad came home she would show them all the sticker(s)that she had gotten that day.

    Once we got the potty training down during the day, I only let her wear the pull ups at night. I really got tired of buying the pull ups, because it was a waste of money. She only had to used them at night and she would always wake up the next day with a dry pull up. So I told my hubbie that was it, no more pull ups at night.

    To sum it all up I do believe that you have to make it fun, be very,very presistence(sp)and patience. In the end all the hard work and effort will pay off and before you know it your little one will be potty train too.

    Good Luck!!!
    PS If you see this posted more than once its because I keep on getting an error report..Sry

  25. Queenofthahouse4 says

    Ooo, forgot to mention, now I am working on getting her to sleep in her own bed…So far so good,but the only way that she will go to sleep is if I lay down with her..Any suggestion!!!!

  26. says

    I trained my first two by just taking their diapers off and not putting them back on. We had to spend a lot of time outside and there were lots of accidents but it worked fast. Now that my third is ready I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it the same way. I’m about to have baby #4 and I can’t handle cleaning up accidents right now. I always dread potty training:)

    Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

  27. says

    I still have two more to potty train and both are boys… I need all the help I can get! lol

    Girls are soooo much easier to potty train, imho.

  28. says

    Please please enter me for this contest! I get nothing but blank stares when I talk about going to the potty to my 2 year-old son, and it’s tough having him and his 4 month old sister both in diapers. Oh boy!

  29. says

    Don’t enter me in the drawing,

    But I’m sort of like you. I like the idea of moving beyond diapers (and with my 3 yo boy, it’s time!), but I don’t like that rush to have to go. . . We have used Pull-Ups in times when I know an emergency stop just might not be possible. He’s been a lot harder than my daughter, so he still doesn’t consistently tell me when he needs to go, but he’s getting much better.

  30. says

    I’d like to be entered to win the book.

    DH and I have been a little bit lazy about the potty training. At first I was ahead of the game – bought potties at 18 months (when one of my twin sons started telling me when he had gone poo-poo) and had them occasionally using them well before age 2. Then they started stripping off their clothes and peeing and pooping wherever they wanted (anywhere but the potty). At that point, we were ready for them to stay in diapers rather than continue soiling their beds, the couch, etc. So now here we are, past their 3rd bday, and only occasional potty use happening….

  31. says

    Oh, yeah, we need this book! We’re currently using the M&M method with lots of positive reinforcement. He goes when I take him, but never initiates it. I guess that will come, but I’ll take all the help I can get! Thanks!

  32. says

    We are desperately trying to train the Little Man. And he just won’t do it. We have 3 weeks until preschool and it’s crunch time. We’re trying not to push but to gentle persuade, but we’ve beening trying this technique for so long and it’s just not working! I wish I would have known about this book sooner!!

  33. says

    OOOOOOhhhhhh yes please. My baby hates wet diapers and continues to take them off, so I have thought about trying. Maybe this could help us.

  34. Richelle F says

    My 17 month old son has started to ask to use the potty for pooping. I haven’t really tried to potty train, but if he thinks he is ready, I guess I can help him. This book sounds like it would be good to have.

  35. says

    We are right in the middle of potty training so I would LOVE a copy of the book.
    ~~I recently stumbled on an idea that is working pretty well. (For the time being!)
    I was cleaning our toilet and the cleaner turned the water blue. My 2 year old had followed me in the bathroom to see what I was doing. She was so excited by the blue water that she wanted to “pee-pee” in it right away. That gave me a light bulb moment. I went to the store and bought some of those tablets that you drop in the back of the tank. They turn the water blue each time you flush. She is still very excited about it and will go whenever I ask her to try. We’ll see how long the excitement over blue water lasts, lol

  36. says

    I’d love this! We are just starting potty training ourselves and are taking a very relaxed approach too. I think some structure from a book like this will do us good :-)

  37. says

    I am actually onto my 4th child in the potty training duty. I am more relaxed with this one then the rest. I am not ready to take him off the bottle or get him on the potty . Yet I know it all needs done. (bottle for bed only) I guess its the fact that this is probably my last little one. My girls were so easy to train. I would sit them on the potty very small while they waited for their bath water to fill up the tub. They always went. I guess its the sound of the water. So when it was actually time to train they knew right what to do. The boys though were less cooperative. Maybe its the anatomy of it all but it takes me a little longer to train the boys. LOL


  38. fran heupel says

    my daughter turned 3the end of April she is great with going pee on the potty and wearing big girl underwear but will not poop on the potty. When she needs to poop she will tell me to put a diaper on her and if i don’t she will hold it and not go. Would love have a copy of this book.

    Fran Heupel

  39. says

    I would love to have a copy of this book! We are in the potty training trenches also. We have pee down pat but no pooping in the potty. This has to be the hardest thing I have ever tired to accomplish.

  40. says

    I am kinda like you, I’ve started potty training (or pre-potty training) but things aren’t hardcore yet – it does seem an inconvenience to have to rush to a washroom in the middle of errands (or what do you do when he says ‘pee’ while you are driving downtown?) A copy of this book would be wonderful – maybe it will help me with getting to the end result faster :)

  41. says

    PLEASE enter me in this one…we have been trying with the whole potty thing for months now. Everytime we make progress, we have a set-back (surgery, pre-school, etc). Obviously, I need some help!

  42. says

    I could have used this book the last couple of weeks, but thankfully I think we are moving on. It made some great blog fodder though! Have fun potty training!

  43. says

    I am probably the worst potty trainer. It took me 6 long months to get my daughter out of diapers and my son 21months(now) seems semi interested but I have no idea if now is the right time or not. This is the one area of parenting that I fear and feel insecure at. My daughter finally became potty trained when my mother stayed with her for a week while my husband and I were away. She did like her sticker chart-but only the 1st couple times.

    Maybe this book could help us with potty training our son. I would love to be included in the drawing.

  44. says

    My name is Laura and I need help. Oh so much help in getting my little guy to use his potty. I can tell when he is about to poop and I’ll ask him if he has to and he’ll just quickly look up and say “No!” Then come running over to you to play trucks and you can smell the poopy before he even reaches you. The worst of this for me is that I’m pregnant and foul odours send me into gagging fits (not all that helpful when changing a dirty diaper.) Also he is just SOOOOOO squirmy when he gets his bum changed. We have the potty and I’ve been waiting for him to get interested in it with very little success. Winning this book would be like finding gold at the end of the rainbow!! 😉

  45. says

    We’re potty training as well and it has been an interesting experience. I can’t wait until there is no need for diapers anymore. I’m sick of changing them.

    Please enter me in the drawing for the book as well. I’d love to read it.

  46. says

    Ok when do you draw because I seriously need this book. If I don’t win it I might have to find a copy somewhere, in fact I’m on the phone with my friend right now because I had just called her to ask her for her tips….

  47. Mary says

    I NEED this book! We’ve bought a potty and some pull-ups, but haven’t really started any actual training. I really have no idea how to go about it.

  48. says

    funny I just started potty training my daughter TODAY!
    So far she has gone once
    I hope this is a sign a book on the same day I start!?
    Count me in on this one

  49. says

    Am I to late? I could use this book as I want to train Anna soon. We try here and there but she doesn’t seem ready so we move on. I think I am ready but other times I think I am not lol. I guess maybe I am lazy too!

  50. says

    Sounds like a great book for me. I just started potty training my two year old quadruplets and am still working on “number two” with my three year old. I’m up for reading anything that will help.

  51. says

    I would love a copy of this. I’m in need of potty training my 3 year old son and have no idea how to go about it. He could care less and I need to find some motivation for him and me.

  52. says

    Am I too late for this? If not, I’d love a copy. My 3 year old son is trying to convince me that he’s not 3 yet, since he said he’d use the potty when he’s 3.


  53. says

    I’d love to win a copy of the book. I’ve potty trained 3 children so far, but my only advice is that each child is different. Just because your friend’s daughter was trained at 2 doesn’t mean yours will be. And sometimes rewards work and sometimes they don’t. You really have to experiment with each child to see what works.

  54. says

    My daughter is 19 months. She went in the potty 3 times, at 16 and 17 months but hasn’t touched it since. I refuse to force her since she’s still quite young. However she is fast approaching two and will soon be potty training fully. I could definitely use this book, please enter me.

  55. says

    Our two girls were both trained before they were two. The older one was really stubborn about it, the younger one fairly easy. We haven’t even seriously thought about training our 17 mo boy. He shows absolutely no interest in USING the potty, but he really likes to sit on it! It makes him think he’s a big boy. I’ll definitely take all the help I can get!

  56. Chelsey says

    I am really interested in this book. Potty training our first boy was not the easiest thing in the world and we are just getting ready to start with our youngest son and I could definitely use this book.

  57. says

    I need anything I can get. I’ve used games, stickers, M&Ms, praise, guilt (I know…), parties, bribery, promises of a Disney cruise, etc. NOTHING is working. My 3yo girl has a aversion to the potty. She recognizes when she goes, when she has to go, and while she’s going. But, to no avail, she will not even entertain the mere thought of sitting on the john. HELP!

  58. says

    This site has some awesome stickers that will definately work for you. It has a variety of designs for kids and adults to get then into the habit of potty training your man. I have used the glow in the dark sticker because he loves it!! the only thing is that you have to expose the sticker to light in order for it to recharge after a while. Once you recharge it it can last for about 8 hrs (you only have to expose it for about 10 seconds). This is one way i got my little man you want to use the potty, also the is one that we place with the little doggy after a while so he would not loose interest. That one is adorable. Well good luck and remember even if you think you have tried it all there is always something that you have not tried, even if you have failed with some other type of similar methosd. Good luck potty training your man


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