If you are a busy, working parent then you certainly need these tips to make it through potty training... with your sanity.

Potty training is probably the most stressful thing I’ve dealt with lately.

In the last week, my son has pooped on the carpet and peed on some alphabet letters. I just about lost my mind that day. Yes, that happened in one day.

As a working mom, I deal with guilt just like other moms and potty training has been something that has been weighing very heavy on my mind. I see a few other moms who are able to potty train their kids (even boys) within days. But those moms don’t work outside of their homes.

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It’s another reminder for me that I need to make sure that I don’t compare myself to other moms. No one else lives my life. They don’t have my job, upbringing, or bank account.

So here are a few great tips I am implementing to help my son be ready for potty training.

In the Beginning

Serenity Sleepers is a great website for sleep training and parenting.  Kelley Thompson is a certified sleep trainer and has helped tons of families find rest during the night hours. She wrote a post recently on the right time to start potty training. I found this blog post to be very information and helpful when to started looking into potty training.

Tove runs the blog Mama in the Now which is a place for parenting with heart and humor. She has a list of 10 signs your toddler is ready to potty train. I suggest looking over this briefly before beginning the journey.

Katie as Happily Ever Mom has a blog post about the 5 things to do before potty training. She even includes a list of things you should buy before you begin.


Tips & Tricks

I hear that boys are more difficult. As the mother of two boys (one toddler and another on the way), I’m not looking forward to potty training boys, but it is a burden I must bare. Shannon over at Growing Slower has a great blog post on potty training boys. A little forewarning though… you may need help from the babysitter on this one. It can’t be done during vacation time which is when most working parents would consider potty training their kids.

Jackie at I Heart Arts N Crafts has a full list of potty training hacks you can use.

Maybe you are looking for a Montessori way of doing things. Well, Angela over at Momtesosori Life has a whole blog post on potty training the Montessori way. That might be something that would interest some parents. I’m willing to look into it as my son’s daycare is Montessori in their teaching and if it works, I’m not going to knock it.

Kimber at The Pinning Mama has a list of helpful tips if you are potty training a strong willed child. This blog post is more my speed as my son sees fit to pee and poop on the carpet because he “doesn’t like the potty.” And this mama is tired.

With a Little Vacation Time

Robin at Smashed Cereal has a pretty interesting take on potty training. Her method to potty train your kid in 3 days is tried and true. She’s used it on 3 of her own children and she has friends who have tried her method as well. This would be a good idea if you have a few days off to implement this.

Sia from Diary of a Fit Mommy was able to potty train her son in about 5 days, but she went through quite a bit of trial and error before finding what works for her. I recommend her tips though as they are tested among many families.


These tips and lessons should give me a good starting point for when I decide to stand my ground with my son. Potty training is hard work for the kid and the parents. But, like most things with kids, it’s important to stay consistent.

Do you have any potty training tips that have worked for you?

If you are a busy, working parent then you certainly need these tips to make it through potty training... with your sanity.

Author: Alesia

Alesia is a working mom who fights her way through life, depression, and just plain stupidity. She strives to show others that it is possible to be a bad-ass while you feel like you’re losing your mind. A Bottle of Sanity is a space in which working moms may find easy recipes, parenting tips, and sanity.