The Best or Worst Potty Stories Told By Moms

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Potty Edition

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That’s right!! Scary Mom-Nightmares: Potty Edition is finally here!

We can’t even begin to talk about the crazy things that happen to us as parents without hitting on pee and poop!!! 

Pee and poop is the essence of insane parenting moments!

That’s why we all LOVE potty training so much. HAHAHAHAHA (slow insane laugh….)

So what awesome potty stories do you have??

Check out this list of over 20 great potty stories that will have you rolling on the floor laughing out loud-

AND don’t forget to share your own potty stories in the comments below!!!

Here they are! 21 of the best (or worst??) potty stories told by moms!

1. Peeing Outside

My family took a trip to the zoo.

It was so great, until I turned around and my son was peeing into the plants outside the exhibits right off the main walkway, where he was getting lots of attention from other visitors!

All I could think to choke out in response was, “We’ve talked about this!”

Somehow, I don’t think that made me sound any more normal to the other visitors.

2. Doggy Style

We were visiting a friend’s house for a play date. I was inside chatting with the other moms and all the kids were out playing in the yard.

One of the moms sheepishly touched my shoulder and pointed to the back yard. That’s never a good sign!

I looked through the window to see my 7 year old in a squatting position, pooping right in our friend’s yard!

]After cleaning up the mess, I pulled her aside and asked why she did that. She explained, “Toby (our dog) does it!”

3. Cheer Leader

Nothing beats pooping in a public restroom (as if that’s not bad enough already) with a newly potty trained 3 year old cheering me on, loud enough for the whole store to hear!

“Mommy- YOU POOPED!!”

“Wow, mommy, great job peeing in the potty!”

I couldn’t be mad… All I could say was, “Thank you sweetie.”

4. Ice Cream!

I was cooking dinner. My toddler had taken off her diaper without me knowing.

One of my older kids interrupted my cooking with, “Look mom, an ice cream cone!” pointing at the bench by the kitchen table.

I was so confused, so I came to see. There on the bench lay a nice large turd, in the perfect shape (and I kid you not, the exact color scheme!!) of an ice cream cone.

5. Tired of the Wait

We were on a road trip and stopped to use the bathroom at a gas station. It was one of those single-stall, men/women restrooms.

I let my little one go first, and asked him to wait inside the bathroom while I went. I was still going when he got tired of waiting for me and burst open the door.

Just in time for me to make eye contact with the (rather attractive!) man outside who was waiting to use the restroom. And we just maintained eye contact for like 10 seconds as the door to the restroom slowly, slowly swung shut again.


6. Responsible Neighbors

One summer, our family was playing outside. Our son was in the process of potty training. He was playing in a kiddie pool, wearing only shorts with no underwear.

Well, I guess he needed to poop but he didn’t say anything.

Instead, he let that turd fall right out the leg of his shorts onto the sidewalk… where it sat undisturbed and unnoticed… UNTIL…

Our neighbors walked by, asked if we got a dog, and told us we needed to be responsible and clean up after it!

7. Snack Time

My daughter was just walking. She had a bad diaper rash, so I was letting her hang out naked for a bit to air out.

After a few minutes, I looked over and noticed her crouched down behind the arm of the couch. When I went to see what was going on, she had pooped on the floor.

And she was eating it!!! AHHHHH!

We were new parents, so my husband and I totally freaked out.

After a few minutes of running around and yelling confused directions at each other, trying to figure out what to do, we finally washed her mouth at least 10 times, and it just seemed like we could still smell it on her breath! Eww!

8. When you Teach your Child TOO WELL

Another public restroom mishap… I took my little one into the stall with me. I went potty first, then tried to help him up onto the toilet.

He yelled, “Ewww, Mom! Don’t touch me with your poop hands!”

I could hear laughter echoing… coming from all the other stalls.

9. Getting Technical

We were out playing at a neighbor’s house.

Because parenting is what it is, I reminded him beforehand NOT to poop in the yard.

So… naturally…. when my son had to go, he climbed the tree, squatted, and pooped on a branch. Amazing.

And technically- as he reminds me still to this day- he DID follow my directions.

10. Time for New Flooring!

My child pooped on the carpet.

Ok, no big deal for a parent. We deal with this every day.

But he wasn’t done yet!

Then got down on his hands and knees. And rubbed his poop into a giant patch of brown as far as his arms could reach.

By the time I found him, just a few seconds later, it was smeared deep into the fibers of the carpet… not to mention all over on his hands, in his hair, and on his face too.


two children playing under umbrella on seashore

11. Double the Trouble

My kids are “Irish twins”- you know, two pregnancies and two kids born in the same year of each other?

Well, because of their close age, they were both newly potty trained at the same time.

We decided to take a trip to the zoo. I was so excited to show them the monkeys and the elephant for the first time! They were at the perfect age to soak it up. I could just see their faces filled with amazement and excitement!!!

Right outside the zoo, they BOTH peed their pants. At. The. Exact. Same. Time.

We turned around and got right back in the car.

12. Gravity Sucks

My husband and I were enjoying a walk down the board walk along the beach during our lovely family vacation.

We had a couple kids walking alongside us and one sitting up on my husband’s shoulders.

My husband randomly said, “Honey. Come here please.” There was something about his tone… You know, the tone that parents use to communicate to each other in a second that all is very very wrong.

Turns out, my poor kid wasn’t feeling so well… And the poop couldn’t be contained in his pants… And my poor husband now had diarrhea all down his back!

13. Whaaaaaa……

I remember being out with another couple. They brought their little baby (the third child) along because she was too young to be left with a babysitter.

Well, the baby had a blowout. Totally normal, right?

This mom was freaking out and had absolutely no idea what to do because none of her other babies had ever had a blowout! And this was her third child!

I couldn’t believe it, and I couldn’t help but sit back with my arms folded across my chest and chuckle as she tried to figure out what to do with poop dripping down the baby’s back, neck, arms, legs, and clothes.

She was so surprised when the poop got on HER clothes and hands.

Ok, of course, I stepped in and offered her a spare set of clothes (I keep those in my car AT ALL TIMES because my kids are normal and have blowouts like every other day!).

I just can’t get over the fact that she had never seen a blowout in THREE KIDS! THREE!

14. Tell Me It’s Chocolate…

My niece had this thing about putting her hands down her diaper. It seemed like we were always reminding her to take her hands out there.

As if that isn’t bad enough… she was a thumb sucker.

Can you see where this is going?

One day, I found her with chocolate all over her face. I couldn’t figure out where she got it from. All of our chocolate was kept in tall cupboards.

Oh wait.

If only it were chocolate! But it wasn’t.

15. She’s Got All the Solutions

When my son was a baby, he had a stinky diaper. I left to get the supplies I needed to change him.

During the 5 seconds I was gone, my sweet helpful daughter got sick of the poop smell. With logic that only a 5 year old can understand, she sprayed him with Febreze head to toe!

She didn’t get it in his eyes or face (thankfully!!!), but she did soak his hair with it.

Problem solved!

16. Don’t You Love It When Kids Think Of Their Own Jokes?

The kid: “Knock knock.”

Me: “Who’s there?”

The Kid: “Poopy Pee.”

Me… getting reluctant to participate: “Poopy Pee who?”

The Kid: Squats down in a crouching position and grunts. Wow.

17. What’s Going On In There??

From inside a public bathroom, my child yells to me, “Mom, there’s Santa! Come get Santa!”




I don’t know what to do with that.

18. Effective Communication

I don’t know where this came from, but my little girl (age 2ish) used to tell me when her diaper was poopy by saying, “Poopygins!”

I swear I didn’t teach her that.

19. Nice Comeback

While potty training my daughter, we had yet another accident.

No big deal, I’m used to that.

But I wasn’t prepared for my daughter’s rebuttal, “I’m so sorry mom! You don’t understand what I did wrong.”

boy wearing teal and black striped t-shirt holding toy

20. Righteous Anger

My youngest confessed to my oldest child that he had peed on his boot.

The sweet older brother wasn’t even mad.

He was innocently replying that it was ok when the youngest cut him off, yelling, “You go to school and I WORK all the time!”

Somebody’s got a guilty conscience.

21. Sleep Walking Peeing?

Is sleep peeing a thing? I think it is… and here’s my proof.

I love raising boys, but the peeing thing can get really out of hand. I’ve had several instances when I wake up in the middle of the night to some noise. When I drag myself out of bed to check it out, I find one of my boys, apparently asleep, peeing on random objects in the house.

  • My bedpost
  • The sugar jar (Yes- the one up on the counter… he climbed a chair and peed in it while sleeping!)
  • The empty space next to the toilet (at least he was close this time)
  • Various pieces of furniture (tables, chairs, couches….)


There you have it! All the best mom experiences with pee and poop!

But I bet there are more out there that we haven’t heard yet… am I right?

What awesome potty stories do you have?? Share them in the comments below!


Mrs. S


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It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

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I’ve heard a lot of potty training horror stories in my (short) time as a parent.

I thought I’d heard it all, and I was ready to go when my first child started to show signs of being ready to potty train.

I was wrong.

So, so, unfortunately, dangerously… wrong.

If I’d only known…

Here it is- everything I didn’t know about potty training. Here’s hoping that this information will help some mom out there!

1. I Don’t Know Everything.

Yeah, I know this one is obvious to everyone else, but for some reason, this took me a while to get.

I’m kinda slow that way.

But it was refreshing to finally get over myself and start using my resources- asking for help from other moms, researching answers, and trusting my mom-gut.

2. My Child’s Choice

Before I toilet trained my child, I imagined that potty training was my job as a parent. I imagined deciding when to toilet train my child and that I would have all the control of the process.

Just…. No.

And this is a good thing! My daughter decided when she was ready, and she showed me that she was ready by asking to use the potty. She started holding her poop when she needed to go. She would say “poop!” before her diaper was even dirty, then go poop a few minutes later.

Every child shows different signs, but the choice to toilet train was very much her choice. And I’m really glad it went that way! It seemed to be perfect for her.

How did your children communicate to you that they were ready to toilet train? What toilet training methods did you use, and why? Comment below!

three toilet papers

3. Kids Like Water

I’ve always known this… But I never really thought about how kids’ interest in water affects potty training.

Because, if you take a second to stop and think about it (which I didn’t)…. There’s water in the toilet bowl.

And the water swirls around in a cool way. It’s really pretty exciting.

And kids think so too.

I guess the point here is, watch your little one’s hands, or right into the toilet they’ll go!

4. Splash Zone

I do get a tiny bit of credit for assuming that there would be a splash zone if I was potty training a boy. But I wasn’t. I have a daughter. So I’m good right??


Splash zone principles still apply.

Pee can and will spray past the toilet seat if you’re not careful! Watch out, mamas!

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5. Clean Up Time Is All The Time

I also get some credit because I came prepared knowing that I would be dealing with lots and lots and lots of accidents! Which I did.

But, for some reason, in all my preparation, I only prepared emotionally for the accidents. I did not have a plan for cleanup- as in what cleaners to use, what’s safe on carpet, or specific towels or rags that are ok to clean up urine and feces.

I did learn some great tips though- such as:

  • Pee leaves a bad smell. Certain chemicals combat the smell, so be careful what cleaner you use. If you use the wrong one, the smell will linger even though you’ve tried to clean it. I really liked using vinegar solution or dish washer liquid soap.
  • Carpet is quite a process to clean, and it is best to act fast. The longer the urine sits in the carpet, the more difficult it is to clean. Check out this great post for more information.
  • When I had my first accident, I used this one blue rag that I have. It’s not a nice one, so I figured it would be fine to use it to clean pee. Then later, I happened to grab that same blue rag to wipe down my counters… and I couldn’t do it. Too gross for me to know where it’s been… Next time I potty train, I’ll have specific rags set aside for cleaning toileting accidents.

6. Rejected

When I started toilet training, I thought it would be a fun and positive to give my child a treat for using the toilet- just to make it special for her.

My little girl loves chocolate, and candy, and sweets, but we don’t have them in our home often, so I thought she would be very excited!

To my surprise, I offered her some Reece’s Pieces and she said “No.”

Whaaaaaat the h*&#??? What happened to you??

I swear she’s never said “no” to candy before or since. Only right when it mattered.

So if you’re planning to give treats to your child to help them learn potty training, make sure beforehand that the child likes the treat!

closeup photo of cupcakes on round white ceramic plate

7. I’m Out of Butter….

I tried to be ready to toilet train by choosing a week or so that I didn’t need to run any errands. I didn’t have much on my calendar, and I moved around my schedule for the few remaining appointments to happen later.

So we got started!

And then I looked in the fridge…..

Uh oh.

So we had to pack up and go to the store. We stopped every 5-10 minutes or so to run to the bathroom, mostly false alarms, but it’s better than cleaning up urine in Walmart!

If you’re going to potty train, don’t forget to stock up the fridge!

8. Sick Day

After a few weeks or months (I have no idea how long it was- my potty training memories are a blur) my poor little girl got sick with a moderate fever and a cold.

I didn’t think it would affect her toileting because she didn’t have diarrhea or anything, but it totally did.

I had no idea!

She was being lethargic and seemed tired all day, and it carried over into going potty. It was difficult to get to the toilet fast enough because she just didn’t feel good.

Moms- be aware- sick children might have troubles using the potty.

9. Night Night, Sleep Tight

When I began toileting, I assumed that my child would learn to use the bathroom during the day and that skill would just sort of transpire into night time toileting.

Also wrong.

Unfortunately, I learned that sleep training is totally different than daytime potty training.

The urge to pee or poop doesn’t always wake children and they may go just because their bodies are relaxed in sleep. It’s unconscious. It’s not naughty behavior, it’s truly just an accident.

The child might be completely unaware until he wakes up and is all wet from peeing the bed.

In my daughter’s case, the best advice I’ve heard was to keep her in diapers or pull ups at night until she is consistently staying dry at night on her own. Then slowly switch to having her sleep in her underwear.

10. Connected At the Hip

I’ve always been connected at the hip with my daughter. We go everywhere together, we spend as much time as we can with each other, it’s amazing!

But during potty training time, it was literally EVERY second.

I couldn’t leave her side because she might have an accident in the few minutes or seconds that I stepped away- and she often did have accidents when I tried to step away.

Potty training was an important time for me to take time for myself since it is a long, stressful-at-times process.

I wish I had known that in advance because I could have arranged for more help from supportive neighbors, friends, and family if I had more time.

11. Waste Not, Want Not

There’s lots of extra skills children learn during potty training other than just pooping in the toilet.

Wiping their own butt is one of them.

For some reason, I just didn’t think about that until I was in it. Or more specifically, until half the roll of TP was in the toilet bowl.

Hmmm. Now what??

(For those of you who are interested- I scooped out wads of soggy toilet paper using a plastic fork into a double wrapped plastic Walmart bag. Then I tied it shut, tied those two bags in a third bag, and threw it all in the trash. Fork and all.)

gray wooden outdoor portable bathroom

12. Toileting Time Warp

At the beginning of toileting, I took my daughter potty every 10 minutes, and more often than that if she showed any signs of maybe needing to pee in between the 10 minute timer (like if she was touching her genitals, doing the “potty dance”, or squeezing her legs together).

But after a while, she was picking up the skill so I spread out our visits to the potty. 15 minutes, then 20 minutes, then every 30 minutes, every hour…

It’s a total time warp. Weeks passed without me realizing.

I wish I had soaked up that time with my child a little more. Although it was a lot of hard work, it was one-on-one time with my sweet little one. It’s not easy to get that kind of quality time. I wish I had appreciated it a little more.

13. Preparation

There are lots of times in daily life that a toilet is not conveniently nearby. For example, driving in the car.

My little girl didn’t have to go to the bathroom before we left, so I assumed that she could make it all the way until we reached our destination. That’s just not always true.

I learned to take my child to the potty before we ever got in the car.

baby beside green textile

14. What About the Pants?

My toddler did not know how to dress or undress herself at the time when we started toileting.


That meant that she was unable to go to the restroom without mom’s help. She needed me to help her pull down her pants and put them back on.

That was fine for a while, but after weeks of taking my child to the toilet dozens of times every day, I was excited for her to be able to go on her own. That meant teaching her some basic dressing skills.

I had no idea I’d be teaching that!


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  • Potty Time Watch

  • Potty Chair

  • Potty Seat with Ladder

  • Potty Training Reward Chart

  • Cotton Training Pants

  • The Potty Train


15. Vacation Time

Going on vacation is difficult with a child who is just learning to use the potty.

Our family went to visit Grandma. It takes four hours to drive there. We couldn’t leave until after dad got home from work at 5:30. I made sure the car was ready to go so that we could get started on the long drive as quickly as possible.

The drive to Grandma’s is a who lot of nothing. Just barren dessert. There’s only one gas station on the way.

So of course, I took my little girl in to the bathroom at the gas station.

But she had to go again only 15 minutes after we left the gas station.

Ugh. Now what??

In desperation, we pulled over and put her in the diaper. 

Traveling issues like this one contributed to some toileting regression for my little one.

16. Mom’s Routine

I never thought about how to help my toileting child when I had to shower. Our usual routine was to bring a few toys in to mom’s room, where she would play happily while mom took a quick shower.

But there’s no shower fast enough to guarantee that there won’t be a potty accident. After all, my daughter needed my help to pull down her pants to use the toilet.

Sure enough, one day, my daughter called in to me in the shower, “Poop!”

I had soap all in my hair. I thought maybe I had enough time to rinse and then rush out to help her.

That was wrong.

four Mad About Curl and Waves labeled bottles on wooden surface

17. Mom’s Hygiene

Between my shower issues and the time warp I was living in, I had no idea how fast my hygiene slipped.

I would randomly stop to take a look at myself and think…. “Ewww. Let’s get it together, self.”

Maybe half the reason we stay home during potty training isn’t just to avoid accidents in public. Maybe mom’s not fit to be in public. I know I wasn’t!

18. Verbal Praise All Around

I always tried to show my baby that I was proud of her. I told her things like, “You did it!” and “You’re learning how to go potty!” and “You didn’t have an accident today!”

My favorite potty training memory is sitting in the women’s room at Walmart (apparently Walmart is the only public place I ever go… Just realized that) and out of nowhere my little girl yells, “Mommy, you pooped on the potty! Yay!”


I was embarrassed at first, but I can’t help but look back on that moment with a little chuckle.

And then I got smart. I thought… “Hey, if she gets a treat for going potty…. Maybe I do too???”

Yep. Good choice.

19. No More Treats!

And then comes the day when I realized that my toddler really didn’t need to have a treat any more.

How are you supposed to stop that habit once it starts?

I learned all about fading away rewards in college and at work, but it was the first time I had to use it in my parenting.

It seemed like it had been a while.

If you choose to use treats, remember that they have to end sometime. And that’s a whole ‘nother story.

girl making hand gesture on her face

20. Never Ending

Toileting doesn’t stop once a child seems to “have it down.” Accidents happen forever more.

  • Lots of children get so excited about what they are playing that they don’t want to stop to go pee, and so they have an accident.
  • Lots of kids struggle to get sleep training down.
  • Lots of kids have accidents when they feel stressed or under pressure.

Potty training isn’t a “one and done” sort of deal. It’s just life.

So get cozy, keep a smile, on, and don’t stress too much.

It’s still your happy life, and it’s still your sweet baby. Make sure to enjoy it before life moves on and you’re left remembering how it was.


Mrs. S

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