Tips for Potty Training Triumph

Real moms share their potty training survival tactics as part of the Care.com Interview Series.

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Potty training. Two little words that strike big fear in parents everywhere. Whether you're afraid of the time commitment, the stubborn nature of your toddler, or the inevitable mess -- yes, there will be mess! -- we spoke to some of our favorite mom bloggers who have "been there, done that," and put together a list of their best tips for surviving this parenting rite of passage!

Whether you're new to the whole idea, a veteran or you've already given up once, here are some tips and reminders to help get you through one of your messiest parenting duties yet.

  1. Realize that there's no "right way" to potty train.
    "I wish someone had said to me, 'Katie, everyone poops their pants once in a while.' I wish someone had reminded me that this is part of EVERYONE'S childhood, and that there is no one right way to learn. I think that would have taken some of the pressure off." -- Katie Brown, Marriage Confessions

    Read the one piece of advice Katie thinks would make all the difference in potty training

  2. Stock up on cleaning supplies.
    "Expect to have things smelly and poopy for a while--but that's okay! Stock up on paper towels and air freshener. Be positive and forget about your desire for cleanliness for a few days. It's not going to happen." -- Kirsten Oliphant, I Still Hate Pickles

    Check out Kirsten's secret potty training weapons for cleaning and motivation!

  3. Make a serious commitment (and all that comes with it).
    "Decide to block out a couple days and do this and nothing else. Don't put pants on your child and let it run down their legs and make puddles. Diapers and pull-up pants just cover up the gross-factor, which is sometimes the only motivator." -- Lea Ann Stundins, Mommy's Wish List

    Read about Lea Ann's biggest potty training mistakes with her reluctant (and stubborn!) toddler

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