Our Potty Training Tricks? Just BE AWESOME!

~ Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 8:43 AM ~

Few weeks ago, I blogged about potty training Ben with briefs and stickers and how it is starting to pay off in 3 days time. So I thought of sharing the tricks up on our sleeves on the things that works for us and Ben.

Of course, each child is different and I'm in no way saying that our method is the best (or that you should follow it 100%), just want to say these are the tricks that works for us. And I hereby trademark our potty training tricks as:

Before I begin, I would like to state down some disclaimers first:

* All the tricks listed below are based on our own experience, trials and errors.

* Again, I am in no way trying to say it is the best way to go for potty training. Like I said, each child is different. What works for Ben might not work for your child. After all, you have to consider their age, readiness, temperament, who's in-charge, and many other factors as well when you go into potty training.

* The tricks are currently for potty training Ben on his peeing. I have yet to embark on pooping process (will only do so when peeing is successful!)

* If you decide to share this approach with your friends and/or family members, please do remember to credit or link back to my website, after all, it's not easy coming up with this "BE AWESOME" keywords, OK?!!!

(Approaches listed below are in no particular order, other than for making up the words "BE AWESOME"! Hehehe...)


Some of Ben's favorite: Lightning McQueen, Bumblebee of Transformer & a Construction Digger

- If possible, get those with designs on them featuring characters they like!

- Start out with small steps, for me, I started by training Ben during the daytime

- I do have some exceptions in this approach, meaning Ben will be wearing his diapers during nap & sleeping time and also when we go out and I also do not force Ben to wear briefs if he doesn't want to, I mean, we as adults also would not want to be forced into doing something we don't like right?


- If you are training your boy to use potty, it would be particularly helpful if your husband can bring your child along and let your child sees him when he pees. Let them know how it is done!

- Same goes for girls, if you are training your daughter, then YOU show her how it's done


** Image from Google search

- You seriously need to have loads and loads of patience the moment you decided to embark into potty training. Never never never give up!


- Why weekend? There is more time to focus on potty training of course! And it'll be great if your spouse is also around to help you out with the potty training

- With Ben, I noticed that he was so eager to use the potty during the weekends as he wanted to impress his daddy (and perhaps let daddy know his progress so that he could get his bicycle soon?!)

- Also, as my hubby mostly works during weekdays, it is a great relieve off my burden that he can help me out during some of the running to the bathroom to pee in the potty part as I was really getting tired at one point  - imagine being 8 months+ pregnant and RUNNING to the bathroom with your toddler every half an hour (or faster if Ben drinks more water)


- For me, since I love doing book reviews, I started looking out for books particularly on Potty books or Potty iPad apps

- If possible, get books or materials (even Youtube videos) showing how children around your child's age learn to use potty

- My advice is if you are training your boy to use a potty, get books or materials showing BOYS (not girls) using potty, this is so  that they can relate to themselves (I mean you wouldn't want your daughter to pee standing up right?)


- For me, I Googled around and found some examples of potty training chart and then made one specially to cater for Ben's potty training. Our potty training chart allows us to put on stickers for any potty actions that Ben achieved (and I made sure those stickers are stinkingly cute too!)

- Having a chart for potty training allows your child to see his/her progress and Ben gets excited when he gets to put on the stickers everytime after he pees!


Ben standing in front of his potty training chart...

- Make sure the reward/goal is something your child desperately wants to have

- For Ben's case, my hubby promised Ben a bicycle if he's off diapers (we used the term "big boy")


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- On the first day of potty training, Ben wets himself twice in 10 minutes and he was not able to tell me that he needs to pee. I was of course sad with the realisation of that but I kept to myself, put on a cheerful face and explained to Ben gently that "It's OK for Ben to wet himself, mummy will wipe the floor, no worries, and maybe the next time when Ben feels like wanting to pee, Ben can tell mummy first?"

- I repeated the above sentence often, gently and carefully not to put any pressure on him and I also told myself, do not expect miracle on the first day!

- Thank God from then on, the potty training gets smoother and was I so glad to know Ben started learning and can tell me when he needs to pee!

- Accidents should not be made into a big hoo-hah, just reassure your child that it's OK, we'll try again next time


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- For an 8 months+ preggy mum, I run with my toddler to the bathroom the moment he says he need to pee (tiring yes, but it's fun for him when he feels it's so exciting and it also make him feel important that mummy has to drop off whatever she's doing and just focus on him immediately!)

- I also taught him to flush away his pee in the toilet seat (made him feel he's doing an important task too!)

So, the above tricks are what's working for Ben and us so far. If an 8 months+ preggy mum like me can do it (just imagine  on the first day of potty training, you're down on  your knees on the floor, wiping piss few times in half an hour), so can you! And I did mentioned that I really really RUN to the bathroom with Ben everytime he needs to pee right? So, yeah, I think you can totally try the above tricks!

Do let me know if you decide to try our tricks above and whether it's working out for your child.

Good luck and keep your chin up!

Comments (15) -


Congrats on your BE AWESOME approach! Wah you really went all the way to come up with an acronym for it. You are awesome. I've managed to successfully potty trained my girl with the big business but still working on the pee-ing.


where did you get those briefs?? hehe. looks cool. planning to start potty training Joseph too during the weekend but only after i get some briefs! hehe.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Germaine!
Hahaha, yes yes, cracked my head to think of the BE AWESOME approach Smile Good luck to you with the peeing training. How come for Ben it is easier for me to train him in peeing than pooping in the potty  hmmmm....

Hey Carolyn!
Most of the briefs we got from pasar malam near our place the constructions ones are from Tesco. All also we got 3 for RM10.

Catheryn @ PinkBibs

Awesome job and way to go! Smile

Very good system you've got there.

The only 'reward' we gave Isabelle was her Strawberry Shortcake knickers we got from Babyland Rm10 for 3 and lots & LOTS of hooh haahs whenever she pee in the toilet.  No stickers.  



i'm gonna try ur idea since my cuz bought jdric a few cute cartoon brief which i'm thinking what to do with it coz he is still not wearing any zipper pants!

allow me to share this interesting idea in FB ya...

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Catheryn!
Thank you, thank you! I'm really happy it's working for now! Smile As for the stickers, oh well, it is a few years old stickers la... I used to love collecting stickers wan... Tong

Hey Miki!
Oh thank you, thank you! I hope it works out for Jdric ya! And do share out if you think it's helping! Tong


You are doing great - and so is Ben!!  Great job momma!!


Great tips! Glad they worked out for you. We are not at the potty stage yet though monkey is showing signs. Will keep some of these in mind Smile I am always on the lookout for tips on this

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Aurie!
Thank you for your support! Smile

Hi imperfectmomma!
Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I'm real glad these are working for us (for now! hehehe...) Hope you'll be successful when your child embark on their potty training journey!


Wow so many interesting ways to potty train your child. What I did those days was I got my son some hard cover colorful tiny books that is perfect for his hands. When at a certain time I think he needs to used the potty I would have him sit on the potty and both of us would flip the pages and name the object on that page. I had a few books by his side in case he gets bored with one and it works so far for both my sons. Well done to you too. Isn't being a parent fun and made us a more creative person. Have a great day to you.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Aries!
Oh yes, that's a good idea you have too! But Ben has books at his disposal so I can't use them for the potty training tricks Tong Thanks for sharing your experience! Smile


Hi there,

   I have heard of the 3 day method working for so many little boys, but I have a 22 month old daughter I am trying this with and I have yet to read any stories about girls grasping this new task well. She does not talk a lot yet, so I can't see her telling me she needs to use the potty. Does anyone have any successful girl stories?? Thanks!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Robyn!
I've read about the 3 day method too but I would prefer to take it slow and easy and let my boy guide. Plus we only started this few weeks before I was due to deliver my 2nd child and slow and easy is all I can afford to take.

IMO, I would be pressured and stressed out if my parents forced me to potty train in 3 days when I was happily prancing around in my diapers since I was born!  


Hi Jenny,

   Well I just don't want her to have to sit in her soil anymore. I know the sooner you start the easier it is. The 3 day method may not work for all children, but from what I have read and heard it works for most. I don't plan on pressuring her, just focusing with her on it for 3-? however many days it takes. I am off work for awhile so I am able to do that luckily. I was curious about success with this method with girls. I did have a friend on my fb just msg me saying it worked for her 23 month old daughter. I was very happy to hear that. One lady said she does everything 'cold turkey' I think thats a great idea!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Robyn!
Of course the sooner they start, the easier (and cost saving!) it is! I've also heard from friends and relatives that their kid got potty trained when they go for daycare! It's bcos they see other kids using potty and so they followed too!

I wish you all the best on your potty training journey!

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