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Toilet Training

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Toilet Training Is Not Rocket Science

Posted on 9/26/2018

Talking today’s mother through her first experience with toilet training is akin to talking someone off a ledge. Both situations involve massive anxiety, high drama and lots of yelling and...

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Debunking Hot Potty Training Myths

Posted on 8/14/2018

“Potty training is a nightmare.” So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post. More accurately, potty training has, of late, BECOME a nightmare, thanks to advice of...

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I Spy Toilet-Training Atrocities

Posted on 7/10/2018

Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the Baby Products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at...

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Nip Toddler Misbehavior in the Bud

Posted on 12/19/2017

Q: My parents recently told me that my husband and I are letting our toddler run our family and that it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for them to visit or have us visit with them – they...

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Key to Toilet Training Success: Start Early

Posted on 8/2/2017

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

Potty Issues with 2 Year Old

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 26 month old girl will not pee or poop on the potty chair. This is our 8th day. When the timer goes off, she sits on the potty chair but does not go potty. She continues to pee when she is...

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Clarification on N75

Posted on 7/25/2019

I've recently started potty training my daughter (we're on day 2) who will be 3 in September. We are using the N75 method, but I needed some clarification on a few things. We set a timer and sit...

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Potty Training Frustration

Posted on 7/25/2019

Thanks for you help with decision on beginning potty training. We are now starting week 3, and not much luck. We are using the potty bell every 30 min, with only 2-3 successful uses in the past...

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Rough Start on N75

Posted on 7/18/2019

We are on day four of toilet training our 20-month-old daughter, and we have been following N75 as recommended—potty chair in main play area, potty bell, etc. When she pees on the floor, she...

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Toddler Toilet Training

Posted on 7/18/2019

Good Morning- since I left my last question, I have since partitioned off a potty within an area in the main part of the house where we spend most of our time instead of the bathroom. There has...

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Potty Training ... It Takes Time

Posted on 7/16/2019

Hello- my name is Kelly, I'm a stay at home mom, I have read (numerous times) JR's Potty Training w/o Tantrums and I started N75 with my 18 mo old son yesterday. Help! It has only been two days,...

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N75 with a 19 month old

Posted on 7/14/2019

My almost 19mo began the N75 five days ago, and it has been interesting. The first day she peed on the potty once when I sat with her for several minutes, but she has not done so since. It has...

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Focus on the How Rather than the Why

Posted on 7/14/2019

My (almost) 3 year old girl has been potty trained for 8 months. She wears underwear during the day and a pull up at night. For the past 2-3 days she has been having frequent pee and poop...

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When to Start Potty Training?

Posted on 6/10/2019

Should I start potty training now or wait? Our daughter is 16 months old as of yesterday. I have read your potty book, and my husband and I agree with it and plan on following it. I have already...

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Potty Training Toddler

Posted on 6/7/2019

I am a stay at home Dad and our son just turned 2 years old last month and we are now in the 4th month of trying to potty train him. He has a 4 year old sister and she was potty trained in about...

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