They Do It, Too! 10 Celebrity Parents Talk Potty Training

From very costly mishaps to creative methods (M&M's as a reward, anyone?), find out what these star parents had to say about their potty training methods—and how keeping a sense of humor is key.

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Jimmy Kimmel

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Jimmy Kimmel

It seems Jimmy Kimmel’s 2-year-old daughter Jane takes after her famous father in that, well, she’s a little weird. But those aren’t our words! “She’ll only go to the potty on the trampoline, which is insane,” the funny man recently told People magazine, adding, “But that’s her. She’s a weird kid.” Kimmel joked maybe Jane’s odd potty preference is “some kind of karmic punishment” for his time on The Man Show, which featured a segment in which women jump on trampolines in slow-mo. But in truth, potty training is all about doing what suits your kid best, a lesson Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney clearly understand. The Emmys host also told Ellen DeGeneres, “We have this Elmo potty — it’s like pooping on a slot machine. All sorts of noises are happening.” Hey, whatever works!

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Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Sure, she's a world-famous celebrity, but Angelina Jolie says parenting and the potty trips that come along with it are a surefire way not to lose touch with reality. ''The great thing about having a bunch of kids is they just remind you that you're the person who takes them to go poop!'' the mom of six with hubby Brad Pitt told Total Film magazine.


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Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon

On the red carpet of the 2015 Golden Globes, Reese Witherspoon had more than the awards on her mind. "As we speak, there's potty training going on," she told Entertainment Tonight about son Tennessee. "Today we're winning—yesterday we weren't." In fact, the day before, the Oscar-winning actress Instagrammed a picture of Tennessee's potty with the book Everyone Poops by its side and the message, "More inside scoop into the wild world of #GoldenGlobe prep? One day to go...and we're potty training... #GGPrep#Wishusluck#toddlerlove."

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Alicia Silverstone

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Alicia Silverstone

When her son Bear was only six months old, actress Alicia Silverstone first started working with him on elimination communication. "Just like your baby tells you it needs to eat or it's tired, they tell you when they need to go to the bathroom," Silverstone (who's also the author of The Kind Mama) told People. "If you pay attention, they actually have a pause button and will give you enough time to get to a place that makes it comfortable for them to go. It's amazing. It's the most natural, primal thing."

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

Mishaps are bound to happen during potty training, but for Jennifer Lopez and then-husband Marc Anthony, a swimming excursion for then-3-year-old twins Max and Emme turned into a very costly oopsie. "He had an accident in the pool. It got into the filtration system and they charged me $6,000 to clean it. That was expensive," Anthony said during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. "He took a $6,000 dump in the pool!"

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Anna Faris & Chris Pratt

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Anna Faris & Chris Pratt

You need to have a sense of humor when it comes to potty training. Actress Anna Faris tweeted a picture at husband Chris Pratt of their 3-year-old son Jack wearing swim trunks with a visible puddle below him: "Potty training is going so great! I'm a natural!" she wrote. Pratt, who was on location at the time filming a movie, responded hilariously. "Those are swim shorts," he tweeted. "Put him in the pool and that's perfectly acceptable behavior. I'm proud of both of you."

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Alyson Hannigan

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Alyson Hannigan

One day while potty training daughter Satyana, Alyson Hannigan took her to a grocery-store bathroom—but the automatic toilet wasn't exactly a welcome sight for the toddler. "She said, 'I don't want to use that potty.' I think it's because those automatic toilets sometimes flush while you're on them, and they can be a little scary," Hannigan explained to The Bump. "I was holding her on my hip and talking to her about why she didn't want to go, and then—she peed all over both of us! I was standing there staring at this potty, soaking wet!"

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Mayim Bialik

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Mayim Bialik

Mom of two and author of attachment-parenting book Beyond the Sling Mayim Bialik says her oldest son Frederick learned to signal when he needed to go to the bathroom by the age of 10 months. "Before he could crawl, walk, or talk, he signed reliably when he had to use the potty," the actress (who's a proponent of elimination communication) wrote on Today Parents about her first son. "By 12 months of age, he stopped peeing in his cloth diaper," she continued. "By 17 months he was wearing tiny underwear and, now almost 6, he has no conscious memory of ever pooping in a diaper or of wearing diapers at all." Also astonishing: Bialik started EC with Frederick's little brother Miles on the second day of his life!

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Britney Spears

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Britney Spears

For Britney Spears, the most difficult adjustment to motherhood was "teaching my boys potty training," she told Cosmopolitan. If the mom of Jayden and Sean thought getting them to use the potty was tough, at least she knows there are more challenges ahead. When asked in the same interview to fill in the blank, "I'm dreading the moment when my sons ask me..." she responded, "how babies are made." Good luck with that one, Brit!

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Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell

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Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell

"I'm doing something that I shouldn't be doing, which is bribing them with M&M's," Rebecca Romijn joked on The Talk about potty training her then two-and-half-year-old twins Dolly and Charlie with husband Jerry O'Connell. "But it's do or die at this point! I'm like, 'If you go pee pee on the potty, you get an M&M,' and they keep going, 'On a plate?' So every time they go I get the biggest plate I can find [and] put one M&M in the middle of it."

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Melissa Joan Hart

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Melissa Joan Hart

Mom of three Melissa Joan Hart had an unusual way of getting her first son through the potty training process. "I did end up cutting a hole in Mason's diaper to try to get him to go #2 on the potty, and when it fell out of his diaper, he ran around the bathroom, yelling and stepping in it," she told Parent Dish. "It was traumatic, but it worked."