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.

  • Should I Punish My Child for Potty Accidents?


    Dear Dr. Laura,
    My daughter is about to turn three. She has been potty trained for several months, but lately she has started going through phases of having "accidents" fairly regularly. She will pee or poop wherever she feels like it a few times a day. We are very frustrated by this, because we know she knows how to recognize her need and use the potty.

  • Little Looster Potty Training Step Stool

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    The Little Looster potty step stool is a potty training essential in our house! It never needs to be moved around the bathroom (like other potty stools and boosters).

    6 - Highly recommend
  • Toilet Training Advice

    I believe that the best advice on toilet training is that if the child is ready, it happens very easily. If not, a power struggle often ensues, since you can lead a child to the potty but you can't make him go. And we all know that no one wins a parent-child power struggle.

  • Potty Trained or Parent Trained?

    Children consistently prove to us that ultimately their bodies are within their control. We can lead them to a potty but we really can't make them go. So the choice is yours. How much time, attention, effort, and emotion do you want to invest in this? your choice is whether to give encouragement or try to control the child.

  • 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.