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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

2 1/2 year old needs to be potty trained before swim lessons

Posted 2 days ago

My 2 yr 9 month old refuses to poop in the potty. When she’s naked from the waist down she does fine. Panties on and she poops in them. I had her wash her panties out for the first time and the...

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5 year old still pooping in his underwear

Posted 6 days ago

My 5.5 yo son poops in his underwear regularly, a couple of times a week. He is also responsible for cleaning it up every time. Other than pitching an obligatory fit, he doesn't seem to mind that....

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Toilet Training Times Two Continued!

Posted 2 weeks ago

To clarify on the former question: Our 3 y.o. son was completely out of diapers for several months (with hardly any success) when we bought Rosemond's book. Before we had the chance to read it, he...

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Three's A Charm - Until It Comes to Potty Training!!!

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have 3 kids, the youngest one is 23 months now, I realize he has to use his potty by now, but he refuses. He does not like to be naked, and when I let him to go without diaper he would bring to...

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Potty Refusals

Posted 3 weeks ago

I am entering my 2nd month of potty training my 23 month old. He started off great, and we had a lot of success. However, I have noticed in the past two weeks, he has been EXTREMELY stubborn and...

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New to N75

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have started N75 with our 20 month old son. We are three days in. He will say “uh oh, pee pee,” when he pees in his underwear. I calmly tell him that pee belongs in his potty every time he wets...

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Potty Training Patience

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hello. I am potty training my son. He will be 2 years old on May 12th. We have been at it for 4 weeks as of this writing. I am following Rosemond's N75 method; however, admittedly, I put a pull-up...

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Sneaky Pooper

Posted on 3/21/2019

I submitted a question a short time ago and received an answer, but my daughter's behavior has escalated. The current problem is this: She has taken to pooping in her room and hiding it behind...

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Regression on Toilet Training

Posted on 3/19/2019

My son is 2 1/2 years old. As John's book suggested we potty trained him before 2 and while we hit some bumps in the road it was successful. He really had accidents until the last two weeks. ...

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Toilet Training Times Two!

Posted on 3/19/2019

Another potty training question. We started “training” our 3.5 year old son close to a year and a half ago. We tried all sorts of stupid things; diapers were allowed for any excuse we thought of,...

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