Real Parents: How I Potty Trained My Kid
"Sticker rewards worked for my first two boys. The third wanted dollar bills every time he went number two! He saw his brothers getting dollars for doing chores and losing teeth."
-- Jaime Bruno, Wilmette, Illinois
"I just made sure to take Emma to a potty every hour or two, no matter where we were -- even at the beach."
-- Christina D'Appolonia, Brooklyn, New York
"My son would pee in the potty but wanted a diaper for pooping. Finally one day we said, 'You're lucky, your diapers run out today! You don't need them anymore!' We tricked him into being excited. Eventually he realized what was up and cried. But he was also 3 at that point, so he accepted it and moved on."
-- Steve Wilson, Austin, Texas
"I gave candy bribes every time William went in the potty."
-- Laurene Chavez, Huntington, New York
"Cool new SpongeBob underwear, and Zoren was trained."
-- Elissa Mastel, Kingston, New York
"Lucinda was only 2 1/2 when she noticed her 3-year-old best friend in underwear, and she made it her mission to join her. Never underestimate a child's will. And the influence of friends begins really early!"
-- Jennifer Wing, Seattle
"We did a week of naked time. I just had to pay $75 at the end to spot-clean where there were some accidents."
-- Amy Roberts, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
"I was ultra laid-back. Neither of my boys trained until the age of 4, and then each sort of did it himself, using the grown-up potty over the summer. Going to preschool finished the job."
-- Vicki Routs, Topanga, California