10 Things I Learned while Potty Training my Toddler


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Potty training my son has been quite the journey and is, unfortunately, not over yet. I have learned quite a bit from the experience though and I thought it might help some of you mentally prepare…

  1. Shit, shit everywhere
  2. I didn’t realize how much a little body could hold. Seriously, how does a two-year-old pee enough to fill a small pool?
  3. Not only will there be shit everywhere but it is apparently fun to play in it, just ask my potty training toddler
  4. Potty Training children can be spiteful – Even though he knows how and likes to use the potty he will only use it if he is in the mood. I think it’s a conspiracy, he’s out to get me
  5. Potty training diapers are needlessly expensive. I don’t understand how they are so much more expensive than regular diapers which are already priced too damn high for something the kids soil
  6. Did I mention the shit? I would much rather change a diaper than clean it out of toys and off the floor
  7. Consistency is key… and I suck at it
  8. You need to be mentally prepared
  9. You are going to spend most of your day in the bathroom. They go a lot, you will need to go, and sometimes they just like to sit on the toilet for no reason. They will want you to sit on the edge of the tub beside them while they do all of this. You might as well set your life up in there and have your meals delivered
  10. One day they will be wiping their own butts and wanting privacy… and you will miss all of it



Good Luck,


Apparently a Mom




  1. kidcongeniality

    June 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    You had me at #1! This has to be the best opening line of an article/post I have seen in a long time! I do NOT Miss potty training!!!

    1. Apparently a Mom

      June 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      haha, thank you! It had to be number one because unfortunately finding the number twos everywhere are getting real old real fast.

  2. Shann Eva

    June 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Love this! Right now, my twins refuse to use the potty at all or they will sit on it for hours with no results. I am so thankful there isn’t poo everywhere…yet. Ugh. Not looking forward to that. But, you are right, in about 20 years, I will miss it.

    1. Apparently a Mom

      June 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you! I hope you don’t have to deal with poo everywhere. It isn’t fun and you have double the fun. Just when I think he’s over doing that he does it again. -_- One of these days and then I’ll be crying that he isn’t my baby anymore.

  3. Melissa Lilly

    June 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    We are STILL working on potty training here. It’s a LONG process.

    1. Apparently a Mom

      June 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      No kidding, I didn’t think it would take this long. I think I’m going over a month now. Silly me. Good luck to you, may we come out of this in one piece and fairly clean!

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