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Unconventional Potty Training Tips that Actually Work!

If you’re like me and having a hella hard time potty training, these Unconventional Potty Training Tips will help you to relax and just have fun with it! This list of tips I’m about to show you is what worked for US. Some of them are not unconventional, but I wanted to tell you EVERYTHING we do and have done because as a whole, it has helped us keep our sanity.

Potty training sucks! Seriously, I never would have guessed that it would be this difficult. As a first-time parent, I was unusually excited about diving into the whole potty training madness. Before we started potty training, I read tons and tons of articles with titles like How to Potty Train in 2 Days, The Easiest Ways to Potty Train, Rewards you can use for Potty Training. Literally everything I could find to help me along with the process. After reading all of these articles, I was thinking, “Oh yeah, I can totally do this. Easy Peasy.” Um, wrong! So wrong. All of the people who claim to have potty trained their child in two days have to be like genius baby whisperers. I’m not saying to not do any research in order to find other ideas that could work for you. But don’t expect that just because the article promises to have your child potty trained in 3 days, that it will actually happen that way.

Also, I am only a momma to a little boy so I honestly don’t know how different boys and girls are when it comes to potty training, but I’m sure these tips will work for girls too! These tips are great for both going pee and poop, but you’ll notice that some of them are more focused on pooping. This is because we’ve had a really hard time with this and I believe there are others out there who do too. When you read articles about potty training, they almost never talk about the struggles of poop training.

Without further adieu; I’m going to list the things I’ve tried and why they didn’t wor. Then I’ll give you the unconventional potty training tips that have worked so well for u. I hope they work for you as well!

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What I’ve tried

  • Books.
  • Charts with stickers and stars.
  • Bribing my child with candy.
  • Character face seat covers.
  • Putting him in big boy underwear to show him that it’s not a fun feeling to pee in your pants.
  • And probably more that I can’t think of.

 

Why these many things didn’t work

  • Yes, books are great. As entertaining as they are, it didn’t magically make him want to go potty.
  • He could really care less about charts and stickers. He was excited about it the first day, but he didn’t entirely understand why it was so exciting to get a sticker for going poop. He’s gonna be one of those kids in Kindergarten that don’t care about no sticker.
  • Candy’s good and fun, but not when you’re trying to bribe them while they’re screaming on the toilet, “I don’t want to go poop!!! …Do I still get candy?” Ummm, no. Plus, I didn’t want him to think that literally every time he goes potty in the future, he was going to get a piece of candy.
  • For the different seat covers, I thought it would be more fun for him to have characters with different faces and such, but they would only distract him. Then he told me he didn’t want to sit on Mickey’s face… so goodbye Mickey.
  • Putting them in big boy underwear is a good learning experience, however, if you’re child is one who REFUSES to poop, then have fun cleaning the poop stains out of every pair of underwear. Every. Day. No thank you, I’d rather teach him in a diaper that I can just throw away.

 

I know you already know this, but every single child is different. Don’t waste your time reading all of these articles on “how to potty train in 2 days” because in the end, it’s only going to work when YOU figure out what works for your child.

I had so many questions about potty training, specifically poop training, and I wasn’t getting any answers. I spoke with his pediatrician about it and all she could say was to give him medicine for constipation (even though I knew that wasn’t the main problem) and to have him sit on the potty for 15 minutes a day.

Well, my son’s bowels don’t work that way. He has to be on the potty way longer before he can actually start going. You may not be going through the same problems as we’re going through, but I believe these unconventional potty training tips will help anyone who is struggling with potty training/poop training.

 

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Unconventional Potty Training Tips

1. Singing

I’m going to be completely real with you. I wrote a song about poop. It’s more of a rap about poop. I really wish you could hear me sing this song because it’s hilarious. He cracks up every time I sing the Poop Song (as we call it) and he dances all the way to the toilet with a smile on his face and not a complaint in the world. This is probably the biggest thing that gets him to go.

2. Poop o’clock

Every day at 6 o’clock, I remind him that it’s “Poop O’Clock”. Obviously meaning it’s time to go poop. My son wasn’t too keen on this when we first started because, like I said, he just hates pooping. But now when I get all excited and say, “Guess what time it is?!” He’ll say, “Poop O’Clock!” and start dancing to the bathroom while we both sing the Poop Song. This also trains his body to have a poop schedule. If you’re a stay at home mom, you might even want to set two times a day for Poop o’clock.

3. Make it fun

For a toddler to get excited about something, they have to see how excited you are. I’m not joking when I tell you I perk up my voice and practically yell, “Yay, potty time!” Not only does it get them excited, but it relieves stress for you as well. If you start pretending to have fun with it for their sake, you’ll really start to have fun! Just be goofy! No ones watching! Well your significant other might be, but then you can just tell him to jump right in and join you. 🙂

4. Positivity and Encouragement

Always stay positive even if you’re getting frustrated. From the moment you ask your child to sit on the potty to way after they get off, stay POSITIVE. Keep that smile on your face. If they didn’t go, it’s okay. They can try again next time. If they did go, you better jump up and down and scream “Yay!! You did it!” like you just won the lottery.

5. Time/Patience

As I said previously, every kid is different. You can’t set a time frame on when your child will be potty trained because that’s just not something you know. Potty training is frustrating. I know this. You know this. There are or will be times when you don’t know what else to do because you’ve tried everything and they’ve gone weeks or even months with no improvement. It is okay. Keep trying new things, especially these tips, and you will find what works best for your child.

6. Also, I bought ANOTHER Seat Cover

This one is perfect because one, there’s no face for him to worry about sitting on. And two, he likes to climb up and go potty by himself. It’s super easy to clean, fold up, and put away in case you have guests.


 

 

When Constipation is the Problem…

If you’re still having problems with potty training and you think it could be related to constipation, there are two things that I’ve tried that have really worked for my son.

Culturelle

This is a kids daily probiotic that comes in the form of powder or chewable tablets. When my son is having tummy issues, I mix one of the powder packets into his drink or applesauce and he can’t taste it so that’s always a plus. It helps him to become more regular. This is the only probiotic that has ever worked for my son. Even Miralax doesn’t work for him. AND if you have the Ibotta App, Culturelle is on there right now for $3.oo off!

Smoothies!

Smoothies are great because if you find the right recipe, it’s both delicious and nutritious! I suggest looking for some recipes filled with fiber. In a previous post I included some delicious smoothie options for toddlers and, if needed, I will add prunes or his Culturelle to that.

 

 

Potty training sucks! It’s hard and frustrating and overwhelming at times. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Just be creative about it! Think outside the box and try things that you know they would love. My son loves singing so that’s how I knew making up a rap would get him more excited to go 🙂

There have been times where I have gotten so frustrated because I thought I was doing something wrong and I didn’t know how else to help him learn. I also didn’t know how to get him to understand that the toilet wasn’t going to suck him in. But because of all these potty training tips that I used, he is now about 90% potty trained. Some of them aren’t the most conventional tips, but it’s gotten the job done. He now goes pee on his own with me having to remind him. And when I tell him it’s Poop o’clock he doesn’t run to the bathroom screaming anymore! I see that as a MAJOR success. Don’t you think?

What potty training tricks have you tried? What has worked for you?
Do you have any unconventional potty training tips of your own?

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    April
    January 25, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I am in the trenches of potty training right now so needed this. Thank you! Loved the ideas and will definitely be trying them. I shared on my FB page from Mojitos and Munchkins!

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 25, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Thanks so much! I hope these tips help you! It’s really all about trying to have fun with it. And it took me a while to realize that it’s a LOT better than letting it stress me out! Lol

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    Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups
    January 25, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for the tips! We are getting ready to start potty training with baby number 2, even though we have done it before, I feel a little lost in how to get started.

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 25, 2018 at 8:32 am

      I hope these tips help you! Even if you’re potty training number 2, it most likely won’t be the same experience! However, I hope this time around is easy for you! We can all hope when the times comes that it’ll be a breeze!

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    Sara @ A Mom and her Momtourage
    January 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I love these tips. We did the candy for potty, and my daughter who is 3 and a half, and has been potty trained for about 6 months will come up and say I went potty can I have a treat. Umm, no, does mommy get a treat every time she goes potty, the answer usually is let me get you one. haha

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Hahaha! Aw, she tried! That’s adorable.

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    Keri
    January 25, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I did train my son in two days… but that was four months after the initial attempt! The first time around he had no idea he was wetting himself when I put him in underwear! The pediatrician recommended waiting a few months and it made a world of difference.

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Aw, well I’m glad that worked for you! I WISH it was that easy for my son! He is SO stubborn!

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    Denise
    January 25, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Oh Lord, my daughter is one and this is on the horizon, I am saving this for the near future, thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      You’re so welcome, I hope these tips help! Just try and have fun with it!

  • Reply
    Jennifer Espinosa
    January 25, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    This was spot on! Sometimes you can’t go by the book and have to get creative. I have a home daycare and each little one I have potty trained has been different. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Exactly! I love the way you said you have to get creative. I feel like I should have put that in there somewhere! And that’s a lotta potty training! I bet you have lots of patience.

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    Linda
    January 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I love the Poop O’Clock!!! Why didn’t I think of that one? It sure would’ve been helpful during our potty training years!

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Hahaha! I’m so glad you like that idea! It’s DEFINITELY benefitting us over here! You should have seen the way he acted before we incorporated poop o’clock and the poop song!

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    Marie
    January 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    We’ve just started our potty training journey, so I can’t give you any tips, but loved this post and definitely saving it as a reference when I know I’ll think my son will never be potty trained.

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Good luck!! I hope it goes well for you! <3

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    Amy | Loving Our Messy
    January 25, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Potty training does totally suck! We’ve done two and have my twins to work on later this year. I’m so bad at this. Love your tips!!

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Goodness gracious, I feel like I can’t get past one! Lol but so glad you do! I hope you think of these tips IF you struggle with the twins! But hopefully it doesn’t come to that 🙂

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    misty | Misty Anderson Designs
    January 26, 2018 at 5:09 am

    My 3-year-old boy is a champ and got the potty thing down real quick. Mt 4-year-old daughter, who should start school this year, is still struggling with the pooping part. I am going to give these tips a try and see how we progress.

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 26, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Aw, that’s awesome! I’m jealous. I hope my next one goes pretty easily. I hope these tips work for her! My son is 3 and a half so I definitely think these tips work better on the older toddlers because they understand more 🙂

  • Reply
    Nadene
    January 29, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Great tips! I love the creativity of them.

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 29, 2018 at 6:55 am

      Thank you! <3

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    Amanda
    January 29, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I am currently in the throws of potty training, and it is NOT going well! Thank you for sharing these tips! I love the idea of a poop song…I am going to have to get creative with that one!

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 29, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Yes you do! Get creative in all different kinds of ways! Not only does it help them, but it’s fun and less stressful!

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    Kristin
    January 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Muahahahaha! Poop O’ Clock! That’s awesome! I can totally see myself writing a “poop rap” too! You’re my hero! lol

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Hahaha! I’m glad I’m not the only one! It’s way less stressful when you start to think creatively!

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    Erin Haugerud
    January 29, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Oh my gosh I can’t get my 2.5 year old boy to potty! Maybe some of these will work!!

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      I hope they do!

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    Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy
    January 29, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Poop O’Clock! I love it!! My first was potty trained rather quickly… except for poop. She would just wait until nap or night when I put her in a diaper to poop. Thankfully my second one seems to be doing better about pooping. I’ve read that some kids need something to put their feet on. And others are afraid since they feel like they are loosing part of their body. Which I guess they kinda are…I also think that boys and girls are different when it comes time to train.

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 29, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      That’s interesting, I haven’t heard that one! That makes sense though! I hope my next is potty trained quickly!

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    Bailey
    January 30, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Singing can help so much! It is so simple, yet brilliant.

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 30, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Yes definitely! Singing automatically makes bad news more fun! Haha!

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    susie
    January 30, 2018 at 9:31 am

    love these ideas, we sing a lot so ill have to try that and the poop o clock so fun and creative thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 30, 2018 at 10:16 am

      You’re so welcome, I hope they help!

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    Jessica
    January 30, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Ugh. Potty training really does suck. Till’ this day i am still trying new ways to get my son to poop in his seat.

    Haha i really need to try the poop song, even though my son likes to hide when he poops

    CrownYourselfMomma.com

    • Reply
      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 30, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      I hope it works! I understand the frustration!

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    Cherie @ My Mama Musings
    January 30, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I have four boys and they have all been so different with how they have toilet/potty trained. My youngest is 19 months and I will soon be in the throws of it again. I really like the song idea and the poop o’clock too. Let’s hope this time is quick and pain free. I love that you talked about how the pooping element can me much harder. Thank you for not sugar coating it.

    Cherie

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      Sigoni Macaroni
      January 30, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      I hope it is quick and pain free for you this time! Good luck! I hope my next is too!

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