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Potty Training Basics – Everything You Need To Know To Get Started!

I am an active mom of three, I like to think that our family does a lot of healthy activities. We also use and partner with brands that align to our needs and ideals as parents. We are happy to partner with Seventh Generation® as a brand ambassador. As always all opinions are our own.
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With Mia constantly on the go I am remembering what having a three year old is all about. Everything is so new, and so exciting. She has a passion for animals and being outside, she loves adventure too.
Now that she’s becoming much more independent I know that it is time to start potty training. She’s also showing signs of potty training by starting to recognize when she needs to go.

Potty Training Basics There are a few things you need to know before you start potty training, simple things like a step stool and the perfect training pants can make all the difference. YOu will also need other essentials like an All Purpose Natural Cleaner, and other things like healthy treats and stickers for rewards.
potty training checklistAs a family with little ones we do our best to stay healthy, that includes the products we use in our home. Seventh Generation® is one of those companies I turn to even as my kids start to get older. Thanks to the use of plant based materials companies like Seventh Generation® are making a big impact on families like ours. Their products prevent thousands of pollutants into the earth and I know when I buy a Seventh Generation® product I am keeping my family and the earth a little more safe.

Free and Clear Baby Wipes are a staple in our house. From road trips to toddler messes, you won’t catch my bag without a pack of wipes. They’re also essential for potty training and a great way to teach little ones to be healthy and clean. Every toddler learning to potty train needs training pants, our favorite are Free & Clear Training Pants. training pants

There’s something you should know about the Free & Clear Training Pants they are Designed to be Kind™ to little bottoms with no fragrances, petroleum-based lotions or chlorine processing. They have stretchy sides for the perfect fit and the ability to tear away for an easy change in case of an accident. They’re comfortable and they really work, giving our toddler a better chance at success with potty training!mia potty training

After your little one has started to recognize that they’re ready for the potty and you have everything they need for success you can start. I like to offer rewards, it’s something simple like a sugar free fruit snack or some fun stickers. A potty chart is a great way to keep toddler excited about using the potty. Mark off stars for every successful trip to the potty! potty-timeHead into potty training with everything you and your little one need for success and remember that patience is key! It may not work right away but when you and your toddler work together you’ll find there’s much excitement and a chance to learn along the way.

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What are your best tips for potty training?

57 Comments

  1. Aisha Kristine Chong on August 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    i don’t have a kid yet or anything but this will help me in the future indeed.



  2. Life as a Convert on August 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    My best tip is to offer the potty very often, and insist that they go even when they might not feel the need.



  3. HilLesha on August 6, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    These are wonderful ideas! I’m still in the midst of trying to get my toddler onboard with using the potty.



  4. Uplifting Families on August 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    The first thing I did with my youngest was to buy him a potty seat and I let him pick it out. This got him excited. Potty books are a great way to bring up the conversation and discuss it.



  5. Camesha | Mama Motivator on August 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I just finished potty training my daughter in the last 3 months. I’m so happy to be pass that stage. I was stressed out! lol



  6. Winter White on August 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    My sister in law is having a hell of a time getting my nephew potty trained, I will def forward this to her.



  7. Chubskulit Rose on August 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Such a cuties patotie. Great tips on potty training. I am so glad I am done with this stage with my kids.



  8. CourtneyLynne on August 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Oooo these are some great tips!!! We just started this whole potty training thing with my daughter…. Ughhh… Cannot wait for it to be over lol



  9. Ourfamilyworld on August 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    These are great tips. Your daughter is adorable. She looks very comfortable in her overnight undies.



  10. Rebecca Swenor on August 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    These are great tips for potty training. I used to put Cheerios in the potty for my boys to aim for when they were potty training. Thanks for sharing.



  11. lisa on August 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I haven’t had to potty train anyone in years. I remember my kids loving any kind of reward for going, especially candy!



  12. Bonnie @ wemake7 on August 6, 2015 at 7:55 am

    We are in the midst of potty training right now as well. Using stickers and a chart and giving rewards has really helped.



  13. becka on August 6, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Start early. Stay on top of it. Have a granny that helps. Do not miss it at all.



  14. Lynndee on August 6, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Those are really great tips for parents. I’m thankful my son’s potty training went very smoothly. He was such a good boy.



  15. Annemarie LeBlanc on August 6, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Potty training is a big challenge for both the child and the parent. We do everything we can to successfully get over this growth phase. Your tips are great, and so with Seventh Generation products.



  16. Nickida on August 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I didn’t know Seventh Generation had training pants. I’ll have to check those out.



  17. tiaras & tantrums on August 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I really like seventh generation product. I didn’t even know they make potty training products!



  18. Dawn McAlexander on August 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I remember those days of potty training. It was not my most fun times for sure. Somehow I managed to pull through it though. Your tips are great for potty training.



  19. ARod on August 5, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. My grandson has just turned one so I will be passing these tips onto to her.



  20. rika on August 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    great tips.. i have a 2 years old daughter and she is still in training. She does better at school



  21. Lisa on August 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I’m currently potty training toddler twins – one is doing amazing, the other one could care less. With the twins, we have placed the potty chairs on mats in the dining room so they are always visible and available to encourage their usage. That and reading potty books has really helped us with the boy of the twins.



  22. Ronda Ogilvie on August 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    oh boy, those were the days! It has been many years since I had to potty train, and I wish you all the best of luck! and yes…lots of wipes!!



  23. Crystal on August 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    That’s a great checklist. I love that you included cleaning supplies, because you’re going to need them!



  24. lisa @bitesforbabies on August 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    These are some great tips! I tried for months to potty train my 2 1/2 year old but she wouldn’t have it. Then, one day she woke up and decided it was time! She has yet to have one accident!



  25. Tammy Roy on August 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Potty training can be so challenging. My first Daughter had no problem and trained easily. My second Daughter did not want anything to do with it. Healthy treats can be a big help to motivate them.



  26. Ann Bacciaglia on August 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I remember when i was potty training my kids. We used to put Cheerios in the toilet for my Son to practice his aim.



  27. Raijean on August 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I’m so glad, I’m out of the potty stages but this is so helpful for a mom who is trying to train their child. I’ll pass it along.



  28. Ora Lee Gurr on August 5, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Potty training is a challenge. How great that Seventh Generation products are available at Whole Foods so kids can have a good experience going through this rite of passage.



  29. Seattle Travel Blogger on August 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

    These are great tips. I know that when my friends talk about potty training their kids, it seems they break into a cold sweat. I know it can be difficult, but with a little help, they should be able to handle it.



  30. Christine on August 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Just finished potty training my 2 1/2 year old. I always wait until they super ready..When they actually know they have to go or they went. Then we go naked. Got her trained in just a few days.



  31. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert on August 4, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    What worked for us was putting all the diapers in a big trash bag and throwing them away as a gesture to show that the diapers were never coming back! That allowed us to stay consistent in our message that there was no going back to diapers.



  32. Nicole B on August 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    That is cool that Seventh Generation makes training pants. I don’t know if they had those when we were using training pants. Potty training is a process, don’t give up – it will happen eventually.



  33. Autumn @Mamachallenge on August 4, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Awesome tips! I am so happy that both of my kids are potty-trained already! It can be such a difficult time.



  34. Felicia on August 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    These are great tips. I also love that they are giving back! Companies who get it are amazing!



  35. Vera Sweeney on August 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    These are great potty training tips!! It can be so hard for some kids to get the hang of potty training sometimes.



  36. Melissa on August 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    These are some great tips! I’m getting ready to start with the girls soon.



  37. Mistee Dawn on August 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    The best potty training tip I ever received is not to push them too hard. I did, and she fought me all the way. Once I backed off, she did fine.



  38. Kelly Hutchinson on August 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I think patience is the best tip I can offer. I wanted to rush through potty training, but in the end, it is on your child’s time frame.



  39. Valerie on August 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I think potty training is best done when kids are ready. All of the things you mentioned are perfect for when that happens.



  40. Pam on August 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    A potty chair and training pants are essential. My kids loved their sticker chart.



  41. Mama to 5 BLessings on August 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Those are great tips! It is funny how different kids are, some potty train fast while others slow which has been in my case!



  42. Amber Edwards on August 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    We are facing potty training right now with my daughter. It’s been a long road but we are finally making progress and she is grasping the concept. The biggest tip we have is to use lots of praise. Kids love to be praised, And that is what finally got my daughter to take it seriously; when she saw how proud her Mom and Dad were of her when she used the potty.



  43. Liz Mays on August 4, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    These are really helpful tips. It can be such a challenge for the parents and the kids.



  44. Aimee Smith on August 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This is a smart list. Potty training can be a drag but this list makes it easier for sure!



  45. Dawn on August 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    These are all really spot on. I had a terrible time with potty training my son. Yeesh!



  46. Demetra on August 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    These are all great tips. Thankfully I’m past this stage of parenting but I wish I had these tips when my kids were little.



  47. Angie | Big Bear's Wife on August 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I have a cousin who’s getting ready to go through this with her daughter! I’ll have to send her these tips! I know she’ll be appreciative of them!



  48. aimee fauci on August 4, 2015 at 10:59 am

    My biggest tip is to keep your child in undies or when you go out, keep them in easy up pants.. no buttons or snaps.



  49. Kelsey Apley on August 4, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Great tips on how to potty train! I will have to try these when the time arrives for that! Thank you!



  50. Betsy Segars on August 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I don’t have kids but have watched the struggle of friends and family who are potty training. I’ll share these great tips with them 🙂



  51. Catherine S on August 4, 2015 at 9:48 am

    These are all great tips. My best tip would be to remind them or ask every so often if they need to go potty.



  52. Jeanette on August 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    These are some great tips. For some reason my kiddo trained himself, and I am SOOO no complaining.



  53. Robin (Masshole Mommy) on August 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

    These are awesome tips. Boy, I sure don’t miss potty training, though 😉



  54. Melissa Pezza on August 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    My biggest tip is to not push the kids too hard. If you push them to go further than they’re ready for, they’ll shut down, and then you’ve got a HUGE problem.



  55. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle on August 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    These are great tips. Potty training can be a difficult thing. It’s always nice to have some extra pointers.



  56. Jennifer on August 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

    My sister could have used this when my nephew was potty training. It was a challenge, to say the least.



  57. Ruth V. on August 4, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Great ideas! I found that having the rewards visible really helps my little guy. We dangled a bag of candies outside the bathroom door to incentivize him going on the potty. Thanks for these tips – I really like your potty chart.