Potty Training Methods

There are many methods for potty training success. Find what is right for you and your child.

How to Recognize When it’s Time to Go

As parents, it is easy for us to observe our child’s habits and to recognize certain signs. This is especially true when they have to go to the bathroom. My son used to hate interrupting his activities just to go. So he would wiggle and squirm in desperate attempts to hold it in. No matter how many times I’d ask him if he had to go, he’d flat out deny it until he went dashing to the bathroom and sprayed pee all over the seat. Eventually, I had to take control and make him stop what he was doing so he wouldn’t hold it in.

6 Potty Training Rewards Your Child Will Love

Learning something new requires motivation. Potty training is no exception. The more motivated your child is to use the potty, the quicker he will actually learn to do it. While it might be tempting just to pick up some candy and stickers, some children just aren’t that motivated by these little prizes. So get creative and think about what really motivates your child and how you can reward the desired behavior. And if you aren’t feeling so creative, here are some ideas to get your imagination going:

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6 Ways to Beat Potty Training Resistance

Despite showing every possible sign of readiness, some toddlers just resist potty training completely. These stubborn children are difficult to train and can test the patience of nearly any parent.

If your child is one of these toddlers, and you’ve exhausted all the tools in your potty training toolbox, consider these expert tips for beating potty training resistance and getting even the most resistant of children to use the potty with enthusiasm:

should toilet training focus on urination or bowel movement

Should Toilet Training Focus on Urination or Bowel Movements ?

You should not begin potty training until your child has developed some control. If his bowel movements are very predictable, you might want to start there. If not, or if he goes only once a day, you might want to focus on urination. Most children learn either way, eventually, without significant difficulty.

Troubles can develop in some children no matter how they are trained. Children who learn to hold onto their stool can develop stool retention and constipation. Other children cannot stay dry at night and continue to wet the bed for years. You can talk to your child’s doctor about these problems.

If any approach significantly upsets your child, you may just need to take a break from training and return to it later.

Quick Potty Training: Potty Training in One Week

When doing research about how to potty train your child, it’s easy to set yourself up for unrealistic expectations. Parents are quick to offer potty training advice, but sometimes it seems as if they’re boasting about how quick it was for them. Sure, some parents might take only three days to potty train their child. But that doesn’t mean you should expect to, and it certainly doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you or your child if it takes longer.
If you want to establish a more realistic goal, try setting one week as your baseline while realizing that it may take much longer. However long it takes, you’ll be prepared for potty training success if you’re armed with the following tips.

3 potty training techniques that demonstrate potty training

3 Potty Training Techniques That Demonstrate Potty Training

All the experts agree: one of the best ways to help your kid with potty training is to demonstrate what they have to do. This helps everything seem more natural to your children.

Just one problem: This can be weird for us! Guys don’t even like to be too close to another person at public urinals. The idea of demonstrating good toilet habits to a very young child feels downright strange.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve put together a definitive list of ways that you can demonstrate potty training, all without making it weird for everyone involved.

Hopping the Potty Train | 3 Day Method

Well.  We did it.  We are officially sending our sweet (tiny) little girls to the big girl potty to do their business. Coming off of Day 3 of the “Three Day Method”, I am one confident momma.  Seriously.  When Jordan and I talked about potty training Parker and Jolie a few months back {HERE} I was self-admittedly in denial of any success we could or would have.  They just seem(ed) so young and not able to actually comprehend what we would be trying to teach them.

elimination communication for early potty training

Elimination Communication for Early Potty Training

“Assisted infant toilet training” refers to the way infants are taught to eliminate in many parts of the world. This method is used in China, India, Africa, Central America, and South America, especially in what are called “developing countries.” Not only do many people there not have access to washing machines, they may not even have indoor plumbing. Diapers are not used.