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61 Potty Training Quotes You Cannot Miss Out On

61 Potty Training Quotes You Cannot Miss Out On

Need a laugh, or some encouragement? These potty training quotes are great for helping you get through challenging times and can cheer you on in your potty training struggles.

As a mom of 3, I know potty training struggles really well. Two of my children are potty trained and I’m going for round 3 in a few short months. I remember the potty training struggles so well, and while they are not so funny in the moment, they do give me quite the chuckle when I think back to those days.

Toddlers are amazing little humans who are learning about themselves and what they can really do, and that can be such a challenge for adults which is why toddler power struggles and tantrums happen so often. But you don’t have to have those traumatic events happen when you’re potty training. Potty training can be a super positive experience and a fun one too!

Remember not to rush into the potty training too early! Some children are not full potty trained until age 5 or 6, and that’s ok! It’s tough to relearn a whole new skill, especially while you’re mastering so many other skills at the same time, so if your child is taking a while to learn have patience and faith that eventually, the training will end.

That’s enough potty talk, onto the awesome and super funny potty training quotes!

Whether you take months and months to potty train, or use the famous 3 day method, you’ll enjoy these encouraging and sometimes hilarious potty training quotes from various potty training experts around the globe.

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Inspiring Potty Training Quotes

  1. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”- Teddy Roosevelt
  2. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”— Franklin P. Jones
  3. “Passing their toilet training is the very last thing that some adults did that has made their parents proud of them.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  4. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”- Confucius
  5. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”- Abigail Van Buren
  6. One winter morning, my daughter said “I have to go potty, but can you go first and warm it up for me?”— Vitoria Corps, Wichita, KS
  7. “Before being held hostage potty training, stock up on essential reserves like paper towels, snack and wine… mostly, wine!”— hahasforhoohas.com
  8. “Go. Pants. Sit. Pee.” Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  9. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”- Florence Nightingale
  10. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”- Joshua J. Marine
  11. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”- Benjamin Franklin
  12. “When potty training a boy, you will clean parts of a toilet you never knew existed.”— Someecards
  13. “I’m going to put a diaper on you for nap because you’re still learning. You’ve done such a good job today, and your nap is a long time. You may not remember to pee when you’re sleeping. When you wake up, we’re going to take it right off.”— Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  14. “You know you’re potty training when you have a potty in the kitchen and candy in the bathroom.”— Huggies
  15. “Potty training is 98% asking a toddler if they have to go to the potty, them saying “no”, and then them peeing everywhere 2 minutes later.”— @KidsAreDorks
  16. “Potty training is a great reminder as to why I didn’t become a motivational speaker.”— OutNumberedMother
  17. “Usually the triumph of my day is, you know, everybody making it to the potty.”— Julia Roberts
  18. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”- Arthur Ashe
  19. “Spent this evening potty training. I’ve called a toilet a train, wiped up puddles of wee & been farted on in the face.”— @BelindaMountain
  20. “Potty training my twins is like the Titanic’s maiden voyage… In the beginning we are excited, in the end everyone is crying and all wet.”— @redaramirez86
  21. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”— Napoleon Hill
  22. “You may have noticed that poop has its very own chapter. Yeah. It’s that big a freaking deal.”— Jamie Glowacki,Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  23. “When you give your child a potty-training pep talk but really you’re talking to yourself…”— @parentsmagazine
  24. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”- Theodore Roosevelt
  25. “I used to suggest holding off on the nap if you hadn’t gotten a poop in the morning hours. This is ultimately your call,”— Jamie Glowacki,Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  26. “Remember people, when you see a person grumpy,, be nice to him.. they could be potty training a toddler!!”— pottytrainingapp.com
  27. “I decided to stop potty training my boy, I would let her future wife do it!!”— pottytrainingapp.com
  28. “Panic, fear, and dread will only put more difficulties in your path. Relaxed is key.”— Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  29. “Least favorite thing I’ve heard today from my toddler: “pee everywhere.”— @Pastor_KristinG
  30. “You will still be using diapers for naps and bedtime during Block Two. Again, clearly state why the diaper is going on, and when it will come off. You should still be praising or at least acknowledging what your child is learning.”— Jamie GlowackiOh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  31. “Potty training is my least favorite part of motherhood thus far.”— @sarita516
  32. “Potty training my kid, and I just made up a cheer with the word POOP in it. Burning my college degree later today.”— @CarrieOnYall
  33. “6 hours into potty-training and I just want a dark corner, a bottle, a pack of smokes and to gently cry myself into oblivion.”— Damian Morphay
  34. “Here are the major blocks or phases, in order: 1. Peeing and pooping while naked, either with prompting or without. 2. Peeing and pooping with clothes on, commando, with prompting or without. 3. Peeing and pooping in different situations, with prompting or without. 4. Peeing and pooping with underpants, with prompting or without. 5. Consistent self-initiation. 6. Night and nap (unless you are choosing to do it all together; more on that later). 7. College. Probably still needing to prompt occasionally.”― Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  35. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”— Joshua J. Marine
  36. “The need to pee and poop is a primal one; learning to put it somewhere specific is social, and social behavior must be taught.”— Jamie Glowacki,Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  37. “Panic, fear, and dread will only put more difficulties in your path. Relaxed is key.”― Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  38. “Seated next to me on the train is a bearded man reading a book called “Oh, Crap! Potty Training.” He looks like he’s got it under control.”— @PamelaPaulNYT
  39. “Your child should go commando (aka, no underpants but with pants) for about a month, give or take a week.”— Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  40. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”- Napoleon Hill
  41. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”- Wayne Gretzky
  42. “NOTHING scarier than a potty training toddler telling you shes gotta pee when shes wearing underwear & the bathrooms on the opposite side”— @kylieee143
  43. “We are about to kick this potty training in high gear. My daughter gone learn today…or maybe next month…or the next…”— @thickysmiley
  44. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”— Abigail Van Buren
  45. “Clueless to I Peed to I’m Peeing to I Have to Go Pee? Look for progress, not perfection. Nothing is really a problem on these first few days.”— Jamie Glowacki,Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  46. “Mama, sissy made poop in her shoe” are never words a mom wants to hear.”— @rthoseyourkids
  47. “There is no apt analogy for potty training twins. It is just accepting that you will faintly smell of urine for a very long time.”— @TwinFreakout
  48. “A brilliant mom on our forum found that talking about using the potty as something “helpful” worked wonders. Her daughter loves being helpful so she would phrase it as, “Put your fork on the table. Put your cup on the table. Go sit and pee. Thank you. You are such a big help.”― Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  49. “I’m at a point in my life to where if I mention “pull-ups” I’m most likely talking about potty training underwear and not exercise.”— @Soda_hunter
  50. “End result: A successful completion of Block One should look something along the lines of your child, while naked, can sit to pee and poop on the potty. This can be because you prompted, you led him, or he went on his own.” ― Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  51. “When can I move the potty chair to the bathroom? This is a question I get asked a lot. It is totally your call. Usually, it happens when you get sick of the potty chair being in the living room (or playroom or kitchen). A lot of this will depend on your house setup. There will be an indefinable moment when you know your child can make it to the bathroom.”—  Jamie Glowacki,Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  52. “Underpants, self-initiation, and night/nap dryness all sort of blend into the recipe at around three weeks after your start date.”— Jamie GlowackiOh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  53. “Before potty training I never knew there could be so much bonding on a toilet seat.”— @confidentialmo1
  54. “Fact: Potty training parents release endorphins at the mere sight of poo in the potty… or is it just me?”— the hilljean.com
  55. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”— Confucius
  56. “Many parents want a cookie-cutter version of potty training. There’s no such thing. It doesn’t exist. Also, it infuriates me that your neighbor with two children thinks she knows everything about this potty training gig.”— Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  57. “My life is covered in pee.”— @AleksConrad
  58. “Potty training a toddler is like dealing with a drunk person.”— unknown
  59. “So Block Two brings clothes. It also combines with Block Three and brings small outings. These should be planned and will give you a sense of how leaving the house potty trained differs from leaving the house with diapers. Early on, though, these should be small—I repeat, small—outings! Do not attempt a week’s grocery shopping. Do not attempt an hour drive to Grandma’s. Don’t go to story time at the library thinking you’ll show off your child’s new skill. Do not try to complete a necessary chore. Instead, consider a walk around the block or a run to a store for just one item. These small outings are practice runs.”― Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  60. “Have confidence in yourself and have faith in your kid. You both can do this, quickly, gently, and effectively. Do or do not. There is no trying.”― Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
  61. Today alone 2yo has peed in a bag of popcorn,a toy boat, &on my bare toes- but not in his underwear, so sure, potty training is going well. – @saltymermaident

Quick Potty Training Tips

To help you with potty training, I have some of my tried and true potty training tips that are from experience!

  1. Make sure the potty is easily accessible at every level of the home. If you need to place the potty in the living room, then so be it. Perhaps stay away from carpeted bedrooms though.
  2. Make sure the child is ready to be potty trained! Out of my 2 potty-trained boys, one was ready by 18 months and the other wasn’t ready until age 3. Both are fully potty trained now at ages 5 and 7, and that timeline didn’t make any difference in the training process.
  3. Let the child choose their big kid undies. Whichever superhero they like the best, or whatever their favorite pattern they see on Amazon, let them choose their underwear.
  4. Use a sticker chart or a little treat like smarties to reward the child every time they try to use the potty, even if nothing comes out.
  5. Be positive and encouraging.
  6. Let your baby sit down with a book on the potty which can help the child feel more relaxed and more likely to go pee or poo.
  7. Allow your child to watch you go to the bathroom! Children do model our behavior after all.
  8. Relax and don’t panic if the 3-day potty training methods aren’t quite working out for you. It will happen in its own time.

The Potty Training Journey

The potty training journey is not an easy one, but it is one that all parents go through unless they chose the elimination communication from birth. I am so proud of parents who choose to go this route! I only wish I was so brave, but ideally, that would be the better way to “potty train” a child. Unfortunately, it’s just not that convenient and diapers really save the day.

So while you may be facing some challenges and possible regressions, I do hope these potty training quotes were able to cheer you up or give you something to relate to.

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