Tried And True Tips For Potty Training A Stubborn Child

Last Updated on March 14, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Do you have a stubborn child who doesn’t want to use the potty? Is potty training not going as planned? Ditch the diapers for good with these tried and true tips for potty training a stubborn child.

Potty Training A Stubborn Child

Stubborn children come in all different sizes and genders. Stubbornness knows no boundaries. It can be frustrating for parents when potty training a stubborn child, thinking that you will never get them potty trained. 

The very first question you have to ask yourself is, is my child stubborn or really just not ready? Children potty train at all different ages. Don’t compare them to other kids. Check to see if your child is really ready to potty train.

Once you have determined your child is ready these expert tips will help you potty train your stubborn child.

How to Potty Train a Stubborn Child?

Do Your Homework

Read lots of potty training books for parents to help you know every angle you can to potty training. Look into multiple potty training methods. Don’t be afraid to try another one if one is not working.

Knowing all you can when it comes to potty training really helps cut your stress and frustration because you know what to expect. You know there will be bumps and setbacks but that it’s just part of the process.

Give It Your All

When potty training a stubborn child it is hard to keep them engaged. You want to make sure you are all in.  

Be sure to sing those fun and silly songs. Read their potty training toddler books with them while they sit on their potty chair.

Have your potty chart and stickers right there in the bathroom to reward them if they use the toilet. If you need to, up the rewards you are giving. If a little candy isn’t working, offer a trip to get ice cream instead. Think about what will motivate them.

Give them praise for their efforts. Even if it took a screaming tantrum to get them on the toilet. Show them you are still proud of them instead of annoyed by their tantrum.

Get Rid of the Diapers

If your toddler sees diapers they will want to use them. Get rid of them so there is no other option. I know it’s a pain to clean up all the potty training accidents and change the sheets every day but show your child you are serious.

Make sure to have them help clean up any accidents too. If they aren’t doing the work it won’t matter to them. Show them it takes more time away from playing to have to clean up an accident than to go potty on the toilet. Having a potty training kit can help with accidents!

Get a Potty Training Watch

We tell our kids to do so many things in a day. It gets tiring to nag them all day.

A potty training watch reminds them when it’s time to try and go to the bathroom. It will play a sound after a 30, 60, or 90-minute interval and automatically reset the timer.

Having one less thing to tell your child to do is great. It helps them learn independence which is a huge bonus.


You may think this day will never come but it will. Once your potty training a stubborn child has been successful, celebrate that day. Make it a big deal that they accomplished this goal no matter how old they are.

These tips will help even the most stubborn child become potty trained in no time! What tips would you add to the list? Share in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Tried And True Tips For Potty Training A Stubborn Child”

    • Oh good! Glad they can help! If you need more ideas and help we have lots of potty training posts to help with all the potty training struggles

  1. These are good tips. I’ve also found sometimes it takes waiting until they’re ready but that still includes talking it up a ton so they WANT to potty train.

  2. We are in the midst of potty training our 2 year old. She is so close but I think that we are going to have to take away the diapers.


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