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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

The Frustration of Regression

Posted 6 days ago

Our daughter will be three next month. She has been doing great with potty training until recently. Our one year old just learned to walk so we’ve been praising him a lot more and he’s been...

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Potty trainning process under control.

Posted 1 week ago

We started potty training our girl at 22 months, in the 4th week now. She knows we go in the bathroom and wants to go in there, but she's developed a habit of standing on a stool to wash her...

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Oblivious To Potty Training

Posted on 4/24/2020

On day 4 of potty training my 22 month old daughter. We’ve been naked, doing the potty bell timer and she still seems like she’s not phased by any of it. She doesn’t even notice when she pees. It...

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Potty Trainning day 6

Posted on 4/16/2020

We are toilet training my 28 month old daughter. She consistently knows *when* she needs to potty, but when she sits down, nothing happens. She eventually always gets off and then has an...

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Potty Training Anxiety

Posted on 4/15/2020

Hello! I have read the book potty training book and we started yesterday. I know today is only the second day, but my son is refusing to sit on the potty. My question is after he has an accident,...

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Potty Training Regression and Coronavirus

Posted on 3/31/2020

My 3 year old potty trained very fast right after his 3rd birthday. He has not had a problem being dry overnight, so we have always just used underwear. He’s been potty trained 3 months. Because...

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Relax - it's toilet training

Posted on 3/26/2020

Toilet Training My daughter is 18 months old and tiny. At 6 months, she'd crawl to get her diapering products after pooping. So I've been thrilled to train her early. She is just big enough...

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Potty Training Fears

Posted on 3/21/2020

I’m starting potty training my daughter who is 23 months old. It’s been 3 days and she does not want to sit on it to release. I use the ’Naked and 50$’ technique and every time after the accident...

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Potty Training hiccup

Posted on 3/19/2020

Hello! I have a 29 month old son, and I essentially had him potty trained about 4 months ago, as long as he was naked below the waist. He would take himself to his potty chair and notify me...

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Better aim

Posted on 2/26/2020

Thank you, we went with the gate and bell method and by the end of January he got it! Now he rarely has an accident. My next question is, since he stands too close to the potty and he only...

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