Comprehensive Guide to Potty Training: A Personal Journey


This article details the journey and strategies adopted for potty training. The story offers insights, lessons learned, challenges faced, and tactics used during the process.

Initial Attempts and Challenges

In the early stages, Baden showed signs of interest in using the potty, often during diaper changes. However, his interest was intermittent, and soon he decided to take a hiatus from potty training altogether. Attempts to urge or force him to use the potty proved futile, leading to a decision to stop pushing for it entirely.

Revisiting the Potty Training

A few months later, with the motivation of reducing the cost of diapers and wipes, potty training was revisited. Pull-ups were introduced, and attempts were made to take him to the potty every 5-10 minutes. Despite these efforts, progress was slow and frustrating.

Evaluating Readiness for Potty Training

After assessing the situation, criteria for readiness for potty training were considered. These included:

  • Ability to communicate
  • Desire to use the potty
  • Ability to pull pants up and down
  • Ability to hold urine for a significant amount of time

At this point, Baden did not meet any of these criteria. Therefore, another pause in potty training was taken.

Noticing Developmental Changes

Over the next month, there were significant developmental changes. Baden’s vocabulary increased, he began taking off and putting on his clothes and even showed interest in removing his diaper. This signaled that he was moving in the right direction toward potty training.

Preparing for Potty Training

As Baden seemed more prepared, discussions about big-boy underwear and potty use began. A set date was established to start the new potty training regime.

Successful Potty Training

The re-initiation of potty training went surprisingly well. A potty was placed in the living room to make it easily accessible. Regular reminders to use the potty were given, and within half a day, Baden started going to the potty by himself. Within two and a half weeks, only a few minor accidents occurred.

Current Status and Future Plans

While Baden is now comfortable using the potty at home and has even started using the toilet, he is not yet potty trained for the night or for naps. When out, a pull-up is used. The next step is transitioning to underwear when out of the house.


Potty training can be a challenging process, filled with trial and error. Paying attention to a child’s developmental signs and readiness before initiating potty training is essential. With persistence and patience, the journey can lead to successful outcomes. Remember, every child’s potty training timeline and the process will be unique, and it’s crucial to go at a pace that suits them. Good luck to everyone embarking on their potty training journey!

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My name is Adi, and I am the proud parent of Saar, a lively 17-year-old who happens to have autism. I have created a blog,, with the aim to share our family's journey and offer guidance to those who may be going through similar experiences. Saar, much like any other teenager, has a passion for football, cycling, and music. He is also a budding pianist and enjoys painting. However, his world is somewhat distinct. Loud sounds can be overwhelming, sudden changes can be unsettling, and understanding emotions can be challenging. Nevertheless, Saar is constantly learning and growing, and his unwavering resilience is truly remarkable.

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12 Responses

  1. lifewith2 says:

    @MrsKLRivers I’ve heard that girls are easier. Most of them don’t like to be dirty, where most boys don’t care. But you never know. My fingers are crossed for you though!

  2. MrsKLRivers says:

    @lifewith2 thats awesome tho!!!! i am dreading the potty training days!! but hopefully it will be easier with a girl!! lol

  3. lifewith2 says:

    @jenamo09 Hahahaha! So true! It makes him so proud! And I have to say, he looks so cute, he looks like a little man standing there! I’m so happy you like my videos! You never know what people will think of them when you put them up. So thanks for telling me that and thanks for watching!

  4. lifewith2 says:

    @mommyvlogsalot You know, it would be nice if it was someones job, to come in and do the work for you during the day. That would be nice wouldn’t it? It’s going to feel like complete freedom when he’s fully trained….then I’ll have to do it all again!

  5. lifewith2 says:

    @MrsKLRivers Thanks! I’ll let you know how it goes! We’ve just had him running around in underwear this week, and he’s good at that now. But if his pants are on, he pees in them. Tonight he did it again, but after I explained things to him, again, the next time he went to the potty. So he’s getting there.

  6. lifewith2 says:

    @TheGraceDiaries It’s so much more work and stress when you have another little one. I couldn’t have done this in the first few months of having a new baby. I still find it hard. And with carpet, no way! So much cleaning and the thought of the baby finding it first….stress! You’ll know when the right time is. Maybe it’s now, maybe it’ll be when she’s older. Maybe you could try just having her go on the potty a couple of times a day, just to keep her interested? Then take it from there?

  7. lifewith2 says:

    @GoodwinMary You can remember?! Wow! You have a great memory! It’s so funny how you didn’t want to poop on the potty! I have a cousin who wouldn’t either. He’d hold it in. His parents just gave up! They’re going to wait till he’s older and try again.

  8. MrsKLRivers says:

    yay for you guys!!!! GOOD LUCK this weekend!!

  9. mommyvlogsalot says:

    Potty training is hard work!

  10. jenamo09 says:

    I am far from potty training, but i love watching your videos. That is so awesome and what dads dream isn’t to have their son peeing standing up lol. so congrat and keep up the good work!!!!

  11. TheGraceDiaries says:

    Congrats! I am so tied at the moment with whether or not to try again to PT my 2 year old daughter. We have tried about 2 times but our whole house is carpeted and I want to do the no undies/nappy thing but it stresses me out when she’s walking around. Anyway, it must feel good to have the ball rolling and now have a son who is "house trained", good work

  12. GoodwinMary says:

    Potty Power. I can remember going on the potty but I could never remember pooping on it. I also remember asking for diaper changes. My mom said that I never ever pooped on the potty I would always wait for when she put on my diaper on at night then I would poo. Then she just told us to go on the toilet and I did it right away.

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