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Toilet Training

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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

Perfecting Aim in Potty Training

Posted 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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22 mo Night Training

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our son is 22 months old and is doing pretty well with getting to the potty during the day when he needs to, but he has yet to poop in the potty. He's had two accidents on the floor when he was...

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The "what if's" will make you crazy!

Posted on 5/22/2017

We are so happy to report that within about three weeks our guy was fully toilet trained using the N/$75 method. There is one thing that we are afraid of... what do we do if he has diarrhea? My...

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20 mo Potty Training in Public

Posted on 5/22/2017

My 20 month old daughter is 8 days into potty training. She is doing a great job going on the potty when I am around. However, when I take her places like church or the gym she seems to be having...

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The Gating Method

Posted on 5/16/2017

Our son is 25-months old now. We started potty training him using the Naked-and-$75 method a week after he turned 22-months old. The first week was tough but he started going on the potty #1...

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