The Potty Training Saga Continues

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We’re currently in the throes of potty training. I mean we aren’t losing any sleep over it, but being done with it all would be such a relief. We’re confident that Juicy will be fully trained by four which is when Jayden graduated to undies full time. We’ve accepted the stage that we’re in as our new normal until then, simply taking things one day at a time. We’ve had our ups and downs. Before baby Akilah was born, Juicy had been showing signs of wanting to train, but exhaustion and the chaos of welcoming a new baby into our home distracted us a bit.

What got Juicy excited to train was new gear; a toilet trainer seat and a step stool. Once they were out the box, he claimed them along with his newfound journey to independence. Next came transitioning from diapers to training pants. We’ve found that fun training pants help. Whether printed in Cars or stars, Juicy is less likely to go in his training pant because he doesn’t want to mess the character/symbol up on the front of the pant. Eventually, we will use this technique with undies too.



Taking things a step further, we’ve started letting Juicy pick out his training pants so that he takes pride in keeping them dry. We reward him whenever he uses the toilet using coins and small candies like Skittles and Sweet Tarts as incentives. We have a small gumball machine that we’ve filled with Skittles, so when he goes in the toilet a total of three times, he gets a coin to pay for candy in the machine. Each day, Juicy has something to look forward to. Sometimes, he’ll help himself to the toilet and oftentimes, we have to remind him when he’s focused playing or bumming around in toddlerdom. Sometimes we’re met with groans and protests before and during potty time.


After a really successful week, we can find ourselves in regression wondering what the heck happened. Out of defeat, we’ve admittedly reverted back to diapers because they’re cheaper, but we realize they’re a pain to deal with and make it hard for him to go the the bathroom unassisted. Toddlers thrive on consistency and diapers don’t teach potty training skills like the ease of training pants. Overall, Juicy is doing great, but he’s work in progress. Like many things in life, consistency is key. He’ll get there soon enough.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Lesly T. Federici May 10, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Wonderful post and informative.. new moms need this info. My son is 20 now, but we never had a problem with potty training. He just watched what daddy was doing. Kids learn by copying behavior, and little guys – wanting to be like daddy ..

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  • kyraws12 May 9, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    This exact moment.

    Is right where I am now. I’m thinking it will go okay though.

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  • Jessica May 7, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Oh the joys of potty training, and seriously now that I look back, there were fun times as well.

    Great advice for parents of kids at that stage of development.

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  • Lana May 6, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    This is great advice for all the moms struggling out there with their kids. Potty training can take months or years to get right.

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