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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

Take a Deep Breath, Don't Micromanage Potty Training

Posted 1 week ago

We're on day 5 of potty-training our 18-month-old son according to Toilet Training Without Tears (which I've read several times now), and I'm wondering if I'm micromanaging. I think I have this...

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To potty train or not.

Posted 1 week ago

Would you please help me clarify some reasonable expectations for our potty-training journey? We're three days in with an 18-month-old boy. I'm realizing that this is going to be a long process,...

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5 Year Old Poop "Accidents"

Posted 1 week ago

My little girl just turned 5 a few days ago. For the last year, she has been been occasionally pooping in the bathtub. She claims she can't feel it coming. After talking and trying many methods, I...

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Traveling and Potty Training

Posted 2 weeks ago

We're starting potty-training with my 18-month-old son. I've tried to block off this month as much as possible, but I'm realizing that we're going to have to make some trips (store, church, a...

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18 mo Won't Stay on Potty

Posted 2 weeks ago

I'm potty-training my 18-month-old son, and I'm a little confused about what to do if he doesn't want to sit on the potty. I've read TTWT and a lot of the QAs on this site, but I still don't...

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2 yo Nighttime Training

Posted on 1/19/2017

Hi, we're reading John's "terrible twos terrific" book - question on potty training for clarification - should we take the diaper away if the child is still in a fully-railed crib? We're not at...

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2 yo Transition to Underpants

Posted on 1/5/2017

24 month old boy - potty training: He does great as long as he does not have on anything. With no pants/underwear, he will go on his own as he needs to without prompting almost 100% of the time....

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Toilet Training setbacks

Posted on 12/29/2016

Thank you very much for answering my last question regarding timing of training my 19 month old twins. We started a few days ago and are making good progress! However, after initial success...

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Toilet Training Timeline for 19-month-olds

Posted on 12/26/2016

I am planning to begin toilet training by 19-month-old boy/girl twins using TTWT. I've blocked my schedule completely for the first week, but then have a several day long business trip, during...

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2 1/2 yo Only Poops in His Sleep

Posted on 12/19/2016

I live in Perth, Western Australia. I am mother to a two-and a-half year-old boy who has been successfully doing wees (peeing) on the potty since he was 18 or 19 months. However, he never does...

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