Posted by: Heather Coleman | August 12, 2009

Potty Training With Absolutely No Effort Required

Photo courtesy of valentinapowers - Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of valentinapowers - Creative Commons license

Disclaimer: I had my mother-in-law do it for me! I had been hoping and wishing and PRAYING that I wouldn’t have to face this bear of a task with my 3 year-old son.  Thank goodness for my mother-in-law (how often do you hear that?)  I kept telling myself “he just isn’t ready”.  And that’s partly true.  He was showing some of the signs, but seemed like he could care less if he was walking around with his diaper dragging.  But then, just recently, my mother-in-law (who watches both of my kids during the day) started putting underwear on him.  Sure she went through a couple of days of extra laundry, but it definitely did the trick.  It’s been two weeks now and only a couple of accidents.  Now, there have been a few times where I’ve had to stop on the side of the road on the way to grandma’s house in the morning.  My standard practice is to open both passenger side doors, prop him in between and use my body to block the view from traffic, while I assist him with upright peeing.  He loves this method of his newly found freedom.  Ah, boys!



  1. i tried that with my youngest (she’s 2 and a half), but after two days of messy messy gross and messy, I just gave up from despair. I suppose I have to give it another go– but i hate the idea of having to stay housebound for a week or two until she gets the basic trick! can your MIL babysit?

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