If you’re familiar with “Oh Crap!” you may have heard about the “red solo cup” potty training trick. It took me a while to figure out how to make this trick useful for potty training, but I’m glad I did. It’s saved the day quite a few times for me! In our house, we don’t use the standard “red solo cup” that many of us are familiar with. Instead, we just *happened* to have on hand – PERFECT potty training color – YELLOW solo cups!
Today, I’d like to share my top situations in which the solo cup – of whatever color - can be a great tool in potty training.
- In those early days of potty training, you may not have a lot of warning before the pee starts to come. Having an easily portable “parent approved” container in which to catch the pee can really help if you can’t get your child to the potty.
- Resisting the potty (or potty aversion). When we worked through our initial “Day 2 Resistance”, wow this came in handy. While for many kids it works as an alternative, for us it was impetus to sit on the potty. My girl peed in the cup ONCE and that was enough for her. After that, she’d
see the solo cup in my hand and sit right down on the potty!
- Bath time. That relaxing, warm water in the bathtub can create the feeling to pee. You may have experienced this yourself! It can be a lot of work to get out of the tub, dry off, and get to the potty. MUCH easier: hold a cup up for them to pee in!
- On the go. Sometimes we just forget the travel potty. Sometimes we think we just don’t need it. Having a disposable cup in the car can serve as something that you will *always* just have access to, in case of a potty emergency! If you want to read a humorous take on my personal experiences ignoring this advice, read my article, “Note to self: Remember to take my own advice! (And some public bathroom potty training advice for everyone)”
Bonus: When you get to a point where your child has to pee in a cup at the doc, they will already be a pro!
Bottom line: Using a cup for tricky potty training situations can feel weird to us as parents, but don’t underestimate the power of this handy, cheap tool!Share This: