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Toilet Training

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Key to Toilet Training Success: Start Early

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: Our twin girls will be three in a few months. Our pediatrician recommended that we start toilet training at 32 months, which we did. After several months and lots of gnashing of teeth, one of...

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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted on 9/16/2014

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we’re at home. We use a “potty bell” and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we’re away from home, however, he seems clueless. He...

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Parental Anxiety

Posted on 8/12/2014

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet...

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Diapers at night

Posted on 7/22/2014

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts...

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Potty Training: It's a process

Posted on 6/24/2014

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told (we’re using your “potty bell” and it’s working extremely well) and produces every time. As a result, she’s having...

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Patient Approach to Toilet Training

Posted on 6/10/2014

Q: We began toilet training our daughter when she was 21 months old. Within 10 days, she was consistently using the toilet for Number One. She now wears underwear 24/7 because she doesn’t...

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Recent Questions

Toddler Can't Sit on Potty

Posted on 7/4/2017

Hi there, if my toddler is having trouble balancing (sitting and standing from his potty), what can I do besides me doing it for him each time? Thank you!

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22 mo Hates the Potty

Posted on 7/4/2017

Hello, my 22 month old son HATES the potty. I use the timer and tell him it's time to go pee-pee. He kicks and he screams while putting him on there. Then, he yells at the top of his lungs the...

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Potty Training Twins

Posted on 7/4/2017

Hi John and team, We have 2.5 year old twin girls. One cares not at all if she wets or poops herself, so naked and $75 is not working for us. The other twin gets severely constipated we're not...

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Patient potty training.

Posted on 6/27/2017

My 21 month old son began potty training last week using the N75 method. He does not want to sit on the seat very long or use the small potty chair. So far training has been on the toilet. When...

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Perfecting Aim in Potty Training

Posted on 6/20/2017

My son was potty trained since the time he turned 2, about 3 months ago. He's done well overall but a continuing problem has been that he dribbles on the way to the little potty sometimes and when...

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Nearly 3 year old Won't Poop in Potty

Posted on 6/19/2017

My almost 3 yr old son (bday in a few weeks) is still pooping in his pants. I read and followed Johns potty training book. The thing is he doesn't care about being messy. Poop running down his...

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Nearly 3 year old Won't Poop in Potty, Follow up

Posted on 6/19/2017

Re: Nearly 3 year old Won't Poop in Potty Clarifying question. I realize I left a few key pieces of information out of my question which I want to clarify so that the answer will feel more...

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22 month old not pooping

Posted on 6/13/2017

We're on week 3 of potty-training our 22-month-old. I geared up for staying home, ditching the diapers, and being laid-back about it, and it's going fairly well except for bowel movements. He...

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3 y/o Toliet Training Regression

Posted on 6/2/2017

I have two boys, ages 3 and 2. Both were potty trained around the same time a couple months ago. They have started sharing a bedroom since we recently moved and they have a little potty in their...

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21 month old - Potty Training Continued

Posted on 6/2/2017

In another post, we explained our issue with potty training our 21 month old and received a response which clarified our issue, however we are still confused about how to proceed. In a nutshell,...

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