The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Potty Training

You’re tired and I get it.

Between working, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, and trying to find time for yourself, it’s hard to find another moment in the day for potty training.

And yes, even though the title says “lazy mom,” you’re not actually lazy, you just need somebody to make this potty training thing super elementary for you because you’ve already got your hands full.

Fear not, that’s what we’re here for.

Today we’re going to break it down and give you some easy step-by-step actions to take to make potty training your toddler as easy as can be.

These quick potty training tips will work for you even if you are a self-professed “lazy mom.”

Getting started

Have a plan.

The quickest way to fail at something is to not plan properly for it.

If you want this to go smoothly, you need to put together a plan that will put you on the potty training success path.

Here’s what to do:

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  1. Set aside a few days where you’ll focus exclusively on potty training
  2. Gather all of the supplies you’ll need.
  3. Talk to your toddler ahead of time to make sure she’s ready for what lies ahead.

Easy right?

Now you’ve got your supplies, your toddler is excited and you know what days you’ll be getting started.

Child sitting on the toilet. Image says potty training for lazy moms.

Lazy mom tips

Here’s where the “lazy” part comes in.

You’ve got a few days set aside where you can focus on nothing but potty training, right?

Great, use that to your advantage!

  1. Set a timer
    First, set a timer to go off every 30 minutes. This will be yours and your child’s reminder to go to the potty. Requires no brainpower from you.
  2. Ditch the clothes
    Next, allow your toddler to wear nothing but undies (if you really want to make this as lazy-mom friendly as possible, forego the undies). Doing this eliminates all the extra steps needed to go from the couch to the potty.
  3. Keep the potty close
    Wherever your toddler spends the bulk of his time, that’s where you want to keep the potty.
    Is he playing next to you while you fold laundry on the couch? Put the potty in the living room.
    Does he have a playroom? Place a potty in there.
    Is he watching TV in your room while you tidy up? You guessed it, bring the potty in your room, too!

If you truly want to make this as painless as possible and as lazy-mom friendly as possible, then having a potty next to your toddler in whatever room he’s in is the way to go.

It cuts down on the time it takes to walk to the bathroom, which cuts down on accidents.

And finally, the number one tip you can do to make potty training as easy as you can is to not force it.

Toddlers who are forced to potty train when they aren’t ready have more accidents and put up more resistance.

Make it easy on yourself and wait until your kid’s ready.

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