When my kids were getting ready to start potty training everyone told me to start in the spring or summer and just let them run while in the backyard.  In theory that would be great if you could spend the entire day outside but for most of us that is not possible.

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So here are some fun ideas and tools you can use to start your potty training adventure.  I will say the rewards method and charts worked for us.  But one thing that worked best of all — setting a timer and going to the bathroom every 30 minutes!

Here’s the Ultimate Guide to Potty Training that including other people’s advice, printables and tools.

Potty Training Hacks

Use coffee filter in the kids potty  – This helps keep the potty clean and fun for the kids to use for target practice.  It is easy to clean, as it lifts right out when you are done.

You shall not pass toilet paper sign – Keep the toilet paper on the roll rather than in the toilet with this hack of using paper or tape to show how much toilet paper to get.

How to remove pee stains from your mattress  – Wow this really works with just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have (like soap, vinegar & baking soda!)

Make a Potty Rewards jar – A simple jelly bean for a pee, two for a poop should do the trick!  This jar is so cute!

Create a Potty Pops wall – A lollipop for each poop… I’m pretty sure it would convince a few kids!

Keep these potty training essentials close by  – Keep everything you will need right next to the toilet for inspiration… books, toys & cleaning supplies.

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Printables (free!) to help your child be successful with potty training: 

A few more free printables you might like:

Parents.com put together a list of the top potty training books for parents and kids.  Here’s a portion of that list: (affiliate links)


Potty Train in a weekend, By Becky Mansfield – If you want to learn how to potty train in 2-3 days, this is the book for you.   Teach your kids to go from diapers to underwear in just three days.  This is like a potty training boot camp and it works.  It is a continuous best-seller, for good reason.  Plus, the freebies (in yellow below) make it an even better deal (you know I love a good deal!).



Once Upon a Potty By Alona Frankel – Help your kids make the leap from diapers to potty.  This comes in a boys and girls version.

Everyone Poops By Taro Gomi – This gives you the biology of pooping and how all creatures need to eat — and poop.

I Want My Potty By Tony Ross – After some practice and a few mishaps, a little princess finally learns to use the potty.

My Big Girl Potty By Joanna Cole – Learn how potty training can be rewarding as this young girl learns with the help of her favorite bunny.  There is also a boys version, My Big Boy Potty, a stuffed bear helps the boy find success with potty training.

Sam’s Potty By Barbro Lindgren – Sam’s dog helps him find the potty

The Potty Book By Alyssa Satin Capucilli – This is a series for boys and girls.  A big box contains a “big-kid” surprise for Henry (boys’ version) or Hannah (girls’ version).

The Princess and the Potty By Wendy Cheyette Lewison – This stubborn princess has a hard time giving up diapers

What Do You Do with a Potty? By Marianne Borgardt – This bestseller is a vivid pop-up book that explains the toilet training process.

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Potty Training Tools for success

Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty, White and Teal

Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up, 1 Count

Kolcraft Boys Stand-Up Toilet Trainer, White

Let’s Potty! Potty Training Board Game! No More Diapers, Toilet Train Toddlers Early!

Gerber Little Boys’ 4 Pack Training Pants
-If you are ready to really give it a go- start here & be done in 3 days.   (She offers a full money-back guarantee & honestly… we just love the book!)

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