10 signs your child is NOT going to be potty trained any time soon

We started another potty-training journey again last week. After many, many hours spent talking about the pee, encouraging the pee and moping up when the pee materialized unexpectedly, let’s just say it didn’t go as well as we’d hoped. We’re still working on it, but here are the top ten signs your child is most definitely NOT going to be potty trained any time soon:

1) he doesn’t care if he sits in his own poop for so long it turns into a stinky, hardened pancake

2) he won’t tell you his bladder or his underpants are full to bursting because he’s too busy playing

3) when he finally gets on the potty, he thinks it’s for sitting and reading or playing on his toy phone — hmm, wonder where he learned that?

4) he’ll happily sit on the potty until his legs go numb … but nothing happens. Not a drop, though you both inspect the still-dry bowl several times in vain. But just as soon as you put pants back on him he poops and pees.

5) thinking that telling him he can wear “big boy” pants would make him excited to keep trying backfired because he’s still getting over not being the “baby” anymore

6) he poops in his sleep all.the.time.

7) he uses the extra padding as cushioning for the more extreme sports he gets into, particularly the 5 ft climbing frame leap, and the sliding sandbox dive

8) he uses those diapers to store toys. Many’s the time you’ve gone to change him only to find two toy cars, three Lego people and half the Thomas and friends cast hanging out in there.

9) he’s developed the trip to the change table into the perfect reconnaissance mission to locate the good candy and finally …

10) the “sure fire”, “no-fail” methods weren’t sure and did fail. Sometime you’ve just got to console yourself with the old adage that he’ll probably be potty trained in time for college. Probably.

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  1. What a great post it make me laugh throughout. Well I am introducing the potty with my little one and get lots of accidents on the floor. Maybe she is a little young. Thanks for linking up. 🙂

  2. We are going through the exact same problems. I know that potty training requires perserverance, but when you’re not getting anywhere at all I think it’s better for your sanity to admit defeat for the time being! x


  3. Great post. I think all children are ready for this at different times, and pushing it before they are ready is probably just going to frustrate parents and baby. And fingers crossed he’s potty trained by college lol. #binkylinky

  4. This one is not easy. Having done it twice and each time being completely different I don’t think there is any standard advice apart from muddling through with what seems right for you and your child. i would just advice doing anything to take the stress out of it for all of you. It will be all done before college I promise!

  5. Too true! I made the mistake of telling my 3 yr. old son that every time his sister uses the potty they can both have a chocolate button. He has been ‘potty training’ her all day (Chasing her until she will sit on her potty and then holding her shoulders so she cant get up)

  6. We’re going through the potty/toilet training experience at the moment so I completly sympathise with you! Its tricky, but I guess at some point they just get it (or at least we hope so!). Its always comforting to know others are going through the same types of experiences 🙂 #TheList

  7. I think there is so much pressure to get little ones dry sooner than they are ready.

    We tried three times with our eldest, but he just wasn’t ready. On the third time of asking, it took two weeks.

    Our second child, however, wanted to be like his big brother. He was dry a whole year before his brother, although night times are still a challenge.

    Thanks for sharing #effitfriday

  8. I wasn’t planning on potty training our twins until they were well passed three years old, but they started showing signs they were ready not long after they turned two. Each child develops at their own pace so it’s important to read their cues. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  9. I can totally relate. We recently attempted to start potty training our 21 month old, but he prefers to sit on the potty to read his books! It’s safe to say we are going to wait a little longer before trying again…

  10. Sometimes potty training is a bit like a battle of wills. You’ll get there in the end. I found just letting my daughter run around naked really helped her avoid the temptation of pooing in her pants. Good luck. #thelist

  11. OMG number 8 with the toys! I honestly laughed out loud. Some of it does sound familiar. My potty training days may be long behind but to my horror 2 of my kids are still in night pull-ups. Time for serious measures.

    Thanks for linking to #effitfriday. Took so long to comment, the next one’s rolled round!

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