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LifeHacks Recap: 11 Lifesaving Potty Training Tips & Tricks

posted: 06/29/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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  1. Let your child help you set a kitchen timer for every 20-30 minutes. When the timer goes off, it's time to head to the potty. This is great for the early days of potty training.
  2. If you have a little boy, let him have "target practice" with a few pieces of cereal in the potty.
  3. Have a little science experiment in the bathroom by adding a few drops of food coloring into the potty and let your kid see what happens when the colors mix. Yellow and blue makes green--so gross but so effective.
  4. And if you have a mover and a shaker that won't sit down, let them sit backwards on the potty and use a dry erase marker to draw pictures--that you can easily wipe off--on the back of the toilet.
  1. Make sure kids aren't using too much toilet paper by creating a line with stickers below the toilet paper dispenser. This way, they'll know how much toilet paper they can unroll.
  1. A small standing potty is great when kids are starting to potty train, but for boys or kids with really long legs, these usually lead to big messes. So have your kids sit backwards on the potty to cut down on all those messes.
  1. Make a natural and effective cleaner for the bathroom messes and smells with vinegar, baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice. This cleaner works great and you can save it to use over and over.
  1. Use a rubberband wrapped around a soap dispenser to make it harder for kids to use too much soap.
  1. If you're putting potty training pads on your kid's bed, you'll save money by buying the hospital grade pads instead of the more expensive ones for kids or pets. They're the same pads but the prices are very different!
  1. To clean up urine stains on a mattress, mix up this wonder cleaner: 10oz of peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and a few drops of dish soap. Spray the mixture over the mattress and in 30 minutes the stain and the smell will be gone! This cleaner can't be saved, so use it all or dispose of the remaining mixture.
  1. Put a sticky note over the sensors in public bathrooms to stop the automatic flush from startling your child.