Any tips for potty training a toddler when I have a baby to care for too?

Ivy was about 2.5 and Luke was 2 or 3 months old when I trained her. I took a week where we had NOTHING going on and we stayed home. Put her in regular underwear and took her to the potty every hour or so. The mess from accidents really isn't that bad. I was alone the whole time as their dad was deployed and we lived far from family. It wasn't nearly as hard or as big a deal as I thought it would be. I wouldn't try to do it with party plans or overnight guests. Wait until next week when it's calm or start on a weekend when DH is home but nothing is going on.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Just wanted to wish you good luck!

This is going to be our first weekend of attempted PTing with Sandhya. We had some technical difficulties to address first: she doesn't talk yet, so I've taught her the sign for potty (which by the way is turning your wrist like you are flushing the toilet) and then I couldn't find undies small enough to fit her so I've had to add a stitch into the ones I bought. So now we are ready!

I'm actually finding it harder to train with an older kid. When Karan was PTing, we didn't really go out much since I had a newborn. These days we are just forever on the go it seems.


Good luck to everyone who's potty training right now. Aidan's doing better each day. We will be home a few extra days next week, so I am hoping that the extra attention will seal it for him (he is young and sometimes forgets until he is actually peeing).
Both of my kids loved wearing underwear,pretty much immediately. Even when I wanted to revert back to the diaper during the day, they insisted upon wearing underwear. After a couple of pee accidents, they just figured it out -- this sucks, I'm all wet; next time I'll ask to use the toilet.

If a boy is going to sit on a real toilet, he has to put his butt all the way towards the back of the toilet seat to ensure that the pee goes in the toilet. I have no idea how he would do it on a baby potty.

I may buy him a step stool so he can stand up and pee directly into the toilet...any reason to play w/ his penis and he will be thrilled!

Are you maybe overestimating the volume of pee a 2.5 year old makes? It's not a "big indoor mess" or whatever you said. LOL If they're wearing underwear and pants, they will just have a big wet spot.
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

Well I just spent the weekend cleaning pee and poop off the floor. Sandhya had no freaking clue what was going on. There was a time 6 months ago when she would pee on command when I put her on the potty - I'm kicking myself for not having pursued it then because that window seems to have closed.

When she pees its Niagara falls. One big "whoosh" and there's a puddle on the floor. No chance to get her to the potty. And her clothes don't hold any of it.

We aren't CDing, but I have a stash that I used with Karan. They work well as training pants - she feels wet, I can tell she's peed but there's no puddle on the floor.


I find the on command peeing to work better with boys- maybe it is just more entertaining to them because they can better see what is going on?

Aidan is in his 3rd day of underwear and his first day of no pee accidents. This weekend, they were more like half accidents- he would start to pee, then yell "I need the potty!!", and he could hold it until we got there. I think he's pretty proud of himself too- he didn't want to put his diaper on at bedtime tonight.
Both of my kids loved wearing underwear,pretty much immediately. Even when I wanted to revert back to the diaper during the day, they insisted upon wearing underwear. After a couple of pee accidents, they just figured it out -- this sucks, I'm all wet; next time I'll ask to use the toilet.

If a boy is going to sit on a real toilet, he has to put his butt all the way towards the back of the toilet seat to ensure that the pee goes in the toilet. I have no idea how he would do it on a baby potty.

I may buy him a step stool so he can stand up and pee directly into the toilet...any reason to play w/ his penis and he will be thrilled!

Are you maybe overestimating the volume of pee a 2.5 year old makes? It's not a "big indoor mess" or whatever you said. LOL If they're wearing underwear and pants, they will just have a big wet spot.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
DS was the worst to train sitting down. He hated it...it was hard for me to coach him...UGH! There was no man living in our house when he was a toddler so all he ever saw was DD and me sitting down. He just didn't get it. As soon as my uncle showed him how to pee like a big boy (standing up) we never had a problem again. If I ever have another boy I'll start him standing up.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

I find the on command peeing to work better with boys- maybe it is just more entertaining to them because they can better see what is going on?
Originally Posted by cosmicfly
That's an interesting observation! I kept Karan dry for probably a good 4-5 months before he was actually potty trained by making him pee on command. He was a breeze to PT.

I guess I'm going to have to try a different strategy with little sis. I have a feeling she's going to make things difficult. And here I was thinking that girls are supposed to be easier to potty train!


I find the on command peeing to work better with boys- maybe it is just more entertaining to them because they can better see what is going on?
Originally Posted by cosmicfly
That's an interesting observation! I kept Karan dry for probably a good 4-5 months before he was actually potty trained by making him pee on command. He was a breeze to PT.

I guess I'm going to have to try a different strategy with little sis. I have a feeling she's going to make things difficult. And here I was thinking that girls are supposed to be easier to potty train!
Originally Posted by mad scientist
I also found the girls are easier thing to be untrue- Maya was a good 6 months older than either of my boys and she took longer to train and had more accidents.
My son is 3 and pretty much potty trained (except for when he gets lazy he has accidents). I did it when I was on maternity leave with my 2nd son (who is now 15 weeks old). He knew how to use the potty (pee and poo), but wasn't doing it regularly enough to do away with the pull-ups, so what I did was set a kitchen timer for him. We turned it into a game-everytime the timer went off he would go to the potty and if he did he would get (nummies-M&M's). IF he went pee and poo he would get extra nummies and if he went to the potty without the timer going off then he got even more nummies. I know you are probably thinking good grief how many M&M's is she giving him, but it was usually only 1 or 2 for going pee. Each day I would set the timer for a little longer like 40min, then 45 min, then 1 hour, etc. He got to where he would always beat the timer and eventually it was not needed. And now he doesn't need the timer and we don't even have to give him nummies anymore (although sometime he still wants them-which is fine by me). Also he always pees standing up he likes to make "Bubbles" in the toilet. Hopefully this helps someone.

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