Your Kid Can Potty Like a Champion


The other day, I commented to my husband that my absolute least favorite part of parenting so far is potty training. He raised an eyebrow and reminded me that sleeplessness was actually the #1 thing I complain about.

That’s the real truth, y’all.

So potty training is my second least favorite part of parenting.

Last fall, we started letting our toddler try the potty. I was determined to be an overachieving Mom in the potty training realm. I was already rehearsing it in my head – “Now, Courtney, don’t act too smug when you find out that someone else’s two-year-old isn’t potty trained but yours totally is.” 

We made what seemed like good progress at first, but after my c-section I just gave up for a few months and went back to diapers. Now we are back at it (although accidents do happen more often than I’d like). The hardest part right now is the fact that sometimes a simple trip to the potty can turn into a battle of wills. I’m sure you’ve dealt with your share of the “NO NO NO I DON’T WANNA USE THE POTTY I DON’T NEEEEEEEEED TO” shenanigans.

So how can you make the potty a fun experience? I’m not talking about one of those iPad atrocities. Absolutely no way my kid needs to be entertained with a high-end electronic device every time he relieves himself! I refuse.

potty training ipad

So you can imagine how stoked I was when I first heard about the FairCatch by PottyRookie. It’s a football-helmet shaped potty that my sports-obsessed toddler would absolutely go bananas over. It’s simple. It’s adorable! I must have it!

training potty shaped like football helmet

This potty looks comfortable for the child and convenient for the parent to empty and clean. Another nice touch is that the sides have plenty of white space so that the potty can be personalized with your favorite team’s decal stickers!

Potty Rookie is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin manufacturing the FairCatch potty. Check out the video and then head over to their Kickstarter page to check out all the awesome pledge rewards that are available!

And, as a University of Texas alum, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to include the hilarious photo that inspired the PottyRookie. Hook ’em!


Potty Training Preparation (& Giveaway!)

“Wait until your child is showing signs of readiness,” they say.

Meh. Whatever. I’m a hardheaded person with a theory on potty training, and I want to try it my way. My son is 20 months old and hasn’t shown “the signs” yet, but I’d love to have him out of diapers by the time his baby brother arrives in February.

Preparing for Potty Training

You are welcome to laugh at me if my great potty training experiment turns out to be a colossal failure, but bear with me while I explain my reasoning.

To me, it just seems illogical to keep my child exclusively in diapers for two or three years but expect him to have a magical transformation wherein he suddenly has an innate desire to use the potty. I feel like I could help speed this process along by starting him using the potty early, talking about it, using baby sign language, and making it an overall positive experience.

My current strategy is to:

  1. Make a routine of it – We have potty opportunities when he wakes up, before nap time, after nap time, and before bath time in the evening. At any other time, if I notice that it looks like he is going, we try to make it to the potty in time.
  2. Learn the body language – I try to pay attention to my son’s body positioning and movement to distinguish when he has to go. Lately I’ve been better at being able to catch him right before he goes so that I can whisk him off to the potty in time.
  3. Teach words and signs – We talk about the potty frequently using both words and baby signs. I’m hoping that this will equip him to start telling me before he needs to go potty.
  4. Make it fun – A stack of favorite books sits next to the potty so that he has something fun to do during the attempts. When he has a successful attempt, we clap and celebrate.
  5. Use a little bribery – I let him have a chocolate chip for every successful potty catch. This has been a big hit!

I’m happy with the routine we’ve established in this pre-potty training period. I hope that this will pave the way for a smooth transition to real potty training when he’s ready. It’s a good feeling on those days when he has three or four successes – and it definitely cuts down on the cloth diaper laundry loads, which I love!

We have tried a few different potty chairs, and my favorite is definitely the BabyBjörn. I wanted one without any frills: no cartoon characters, no music, no iPad charging station, no glitter bombs or laser shows when contact is made with the bottom of the basin. Just give me a nice, basic potty with a splash guard high enough to catch most spills. Actually, it’s what I’m planning to give YOU!

Use the entry form below to win a BabyBjörn potty of your own! This is a self-sponsored giveaway, meaning I’m paying for it myself to thank you for being a Diaper Wrecker reader.

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