Toilet Training

  • Top Ten Tricks to Successful Potty Training

    Is your tot reluctant to wave good-bye to the diapers? Peer pressure, target practice and careful wording helps some kids get the idea. One of these tricks might help ease the path to successful potty training for your child.

  • Four Signs Your Toddler's Not Ready for Potty Training

    You'd like to wash your hands of the mess and expense of diapers. While you might want to get potty training started, your child might not be on board with your time schedule. Your toddler might let you know loudly or in more subtly ways that toilet training should be postponed.

  • Potty Training: Pee, Poo, the Toddler and You

    Do you feel like you're getting bombarded by toilet-training advice? What happens when that information conflicts with itself? We've made sense of the recent research for you!

  • Quick Facts About Potty Training

    The perfect age to begin potty training is different for every child. Your child's best starting age could be anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. Pre-potty training preparation can begin when a child is as young as ten months.

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  • Elizabeth Pantley's Potty Training Readiness Quiz

    Potty training is easier and happens faster if your child is truly ready in all three areas: physical, cognitive and social. But the big question is: how do you know when your child is ready? Take this quiz to find out where your child is on the readiness spectrum.

  • Get Ready! Get Set! Go!

    If your child is near or has passed his first birthday, you can begin incorporating pre-potty training ideas into his life. They are simple things that will lay the groundwork for potty training and will make the process much easier when you're ready to begin.

  • Let's Get This Potty Started!

    An important developmental step for every child is potty training. Most children begin using
    the toilet as toddlers, usually between 18 months and 3 years old.

  • Motivating Kids: Sticker Charts Revisited

    Your well-meaning relatives suggest a sticker chart. What they might neglect to tell you -- or might be shocked to discover themselves -- is that rewards can backfire some children.

  • Lack of Progress in Toilet Training

    Throughout the process of toilet training there are periods of highs and lows, just as with learning any new skill. New skills to learn associated with toilet training include: