Anna Kaplan, MD

Dr. Anna Kaplan is a writer and a licensed physician. She completed a 3-year residency and board certification in Family Practice and was in active practice for 15 years. A parent herself, Anna still remembers the "I know how to use the potty" song that her children sang.

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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.

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How to Teach Boys to Pee Standing Up

Boys do not need to urinate standing up. During toilet training, boys, like girls, should learn to pee sitting down. Essentially all toilet training experts agree about this.

There are many reasons to teach boys to urinate sitting:

• Most people urinate when they have a bowel movement, immediately before, or . The two are associated naturally and trying to separate them makes learning more difficult.

• Standing to urinate involves more skills.

• Most boys of toilet training age will have difficulty aiming accurately.

• Even if they can aim, boys may not want to. Either way, this means more work for parents who must clean up.

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Wetting the Bed at Night

Many children continue wetting the bed at night for years after finishing toilet training. Although this can be upsetting, it is not usually a sign of a serious problem and is considered normal up to at least age five. Even at age seven, 5 to 10% of children in the United States still wet the bed. Without any treatment at all, 15% of these children will stop wetting each year, although a small number may continue to do so as adults.

4 best youtube videos to help with potty training

4 of the Best Potty Training Videos on YouTube

Growing up, guys had a pretty simple way to learn things: ask your dad! Whether you want to know how to throw a football or ride a bike, dad had the tips and tricks you needed to hear.

Now that we’re all grown up, though, it’s not as easy to ask dad for help. And let’s be honest: he was never super helpful when it came to potty training tips. This is where YouTube comes in.

There is a constant stream of helpful videos on YouTube explaining how to do almost anything. And yes, there are countless videos meant to help with potty training. In fact, there are so many you might have a difficult time figuring out where to start.

Don’t worry, though; we’ve got your back! We scoured the internet and came up with the four best videos to help you and your kid with potty training.

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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.

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Stool Withholding: Why Children Do It

During toilet training, many parents eagerly wait for the first poop to land in the potty. Some even share the achievement by posting pictures on social media (really). But what if a child won’t cooperate?

A young child who does not pee or poop in a potty is not yet toilet trained. If they were trained, they might be having a setback, which is not uncommon. When a child will pee in the potty but not poop there, something else is going on.

Children who refuse to poop in a toilet may have accidents and poop elsewhere, or even withhold stool altogether and not move their bowels for long periods of time.

why are today's children toilet trained later?

Why Are Today’s Children Toilet Trained Later?

If your two-year-old is still in diapers, and a well-meaning (but annoying) relative tells you that her children were already toilet trained at that age, she may be telling you the truth. There is no question that the age at which children are potty trained has gone up in the United States over the last 50 to 75 years.

While there may be cultural and economic forces at work, two major factors have contributed to this shift: the disposable diaper and a better understanding of child readiness.

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Potty Words to Use When Toilet Training

Even before you start toilet training, you need to decide what potty words you will teach your child to use when talking about going to the bathroom.

There are no right or wrong words. But you must decide what potty words you will use with your child and make sure that everyone who takes care of your little one uses the same words, including family, babysitters, and even preschool teachers.

professional toilet trainers: good idea?

Professional Potty Trainers: Good Idea?

In 2008, a professional toilet trainer in Chicago made news by claiming she could train a child in as little as five hours. “TODAY’S” Al Roker confirmed that this professional toilet trainer had trained his child that quickly. Parents were skeptical. Some didn’t believe claims of fast training, and others didn’t think children should be toilet trained by strangers.

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Is There a Wrong Time to Begin Potty Training?

You want to begin potty training your child, but not at the wrong time. How do you know whether the time is right or whether it’s best to wait? If you are having difficulty with training, how do you know if you should stop and take a temporary break?

Assuming your child is healthy and developing normally, the first consideration is her age. If she is less than 18 months old, she is almost certainly too young to begin potty training.