Jessa Seewald is a mom of two young boys, 3-year-old Spurgeon and 2-year-old Henry.

And as her latest Instagram post revealed, she’s currently trying to potty train her oldest son, Spurgeon.

But it hasn’t been going as smoothly as many moms hope it will.

On Instagram, the 26-year-old mom shared two videos of her son, the first being the “expectation” and the second being the “reality” of their current potty training situation.

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Getting real here, Mamas. ? Video 1: Expectations. Video 2: Reality. . So cute and comical, it’s hard not to laugh at his explanations!! ??? . We’re setting the 10-15 min timer and trying every time it goes off. We have nerds for prizes— 1 for trying, 2 for pee, 4 for poo. (love that they’re tiny, so not a sugar overload). Started this morning, but so far, we’ve had 3 accidents and nothing in the potty. ? Maybe I’m not having him sit and try long enough?? ? . Ok moms, what are your top tips for *seated* potty training? (I’m going to see how long I can avoid letting him know there’s a standing option, bc I HATE being surprised by a wet toilet seat or a puddle on the floor. ?)

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The second video shows Spurgeon after having an accident. Jessa asked her son what happened because they were just on the potty two minutes before, and he explained by saying:

“My pants leaked, again.”

Jessa then asked her followers for some suggestions when it comes to potty training kids.

She wrote, in part:

Getting real here, Mamas. […] We’re setting the 10-15 min timer and trying every time it goes off. We have nerds for prizes— 1 for trying, 2 for pee, 4 for poo. (love that they’re tiny, so not a sugar overload). Started this morning, but so far, we’ve had 3 accidents and nothing in the potty. Maybe I’m not having him sit and try long enough?

Ok moms, what are your top tips for *seated* potty training? (I’m going to see how long I can avoid letting him know there’s a standing option, bc I HATE being surprised by a wet toilet seat or a puddle on the floor.)

Thousands of people responded by sharing their own experiences and what worked for them:

I had them sink cheerios in the potty so it was a game… Then also had a little potapotty in the living room so he could get there faster.

It’s always best to use real underwear. It’s hard to start with but it will pay off. I did it with my boys.

The secret is a basket full of presents. Wrapped, cheap toys. Hot wheels cars, tiny box of crayons, a roll of sidewalk chalk. All things that can be bought for cheap it multi-paks. Wrap them in wrapping paper, toss them in the basket, leave it out of reach in the bathroom, and they can’t run to the bathroom and potty fast enough. But, they do have to potty to pick one out of the basket afterwards. No nagging, shaming, pleading, crying. All done under their own steam. Works like a charm. I gave my friends baskets full when they thought their kids were ready. They all used it. Super fast results!

Turn the water in the faucet on a slow run after he sits down. Seems to get the ball rolling….even better if u can get him to put his fingers in the stream.

Elmo’s potty time DVD, works like a charm!

Jessa added that because Spurgeon is “one of those kids who hates being wet,” she’s “hoping a few times of feeling the effects of that pee running down his legs might help him become more self-aware of cause and effect.”

What were some of the tricks you used to potty train your own children?

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3 Replies to “Jessa Seewald Reveals the Woes of Potty Training Her Son on Instagram. Then She Asked for Some Tips”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I used (Toilet training in less then a day book) and it worked with my 4 children and now grandchildren. Good luck.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    my daughter potty trained my grandson using a urinal she got on line for boys for potty training its easy to put on the wall and best of all it worked …

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Drip a little warm water between his legs you know where to get things goung

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