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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 Persistence

Posted 1 week ago

My daughter just turned 2, and we started trying to potty train her about 4 weeks ago. We kept her naked and stayed home as much as possible in the beginning. Sometimes she'll go 60-90 minutes...

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Two Year Old's Toilet Regression

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a 25 month old boy. When he was 23 months old, we began potty training him. He was in thin cotton underpants during day and night for one month. We were mostly successful with him going...

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Toilet Training Toddler

Posted on 11/6/2018

My daughter is 21 months old. I started to potty train her at 18 months (though still use a diaper at naps and night) and she has made a lot of progress but some days are better then others - some...

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Bed Time Potty Question

Posted on 11/6/2018

Hello, one more questions... My daughter is 21 months old and i am using a diaper at nap and night time. She seems to have figured out that she can stall the night time routine by going pee pee...

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Toddler's Failure to Poop in the Potty

Posted on 11/1/2018

I potty trained my now 2.5yo boy at 21 months using the Naked & 75 method and we have had a lot of success with pee. We only occasionally have accidents for pee. We are now almost a year into...

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Starting Naked and 75

Posted on 10/28/2018

Just 24 hours into toilet training with my 24mo old and having little success. He’s dribbling pee and sometimes fully peeing every 15min while playing naked. Do I need to put him on the potty...

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Follow Up Potty Training Question

Posted on 10/23/2018

Hi Traci Turner, Regarding your answer to one of our questions from 10/22/2018… can I clarify something please...? 2. (Your answer): Day sleeps - Was he sleeping thru his nap with a pull up...

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Patience in Potty Training

Posted on 10/22/2018

Hi. We are 8 days into toilet training our 31.5m old boy. Its been going well in that he is able to take himself to the potty and pee / poo when he needs to with and, frequently without...

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Toddler's Potty Woes

Posted on 10/17/2018

Hi. We are starting toilet training using your method from your book. Our son is 31.5 months old and this is our first attempt at toilet training him. We are four days in and it’s been...

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Toddler's Toilet Troubles (Continued...)

Posted on 10/16/2018

I just wrote about starting toilet training my 19 month old (end of day 3) I also am struggling with how not to be around when it is potty time, because he doesn't know how to pull his pants down...

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