Potty Training 101: Tips for Every Child
No potty training method works for every child or every family. The key to having a smoother and more successful experience is finding a potty training system that suits your child's needs and disposition and that will work with your family situation.
Readers' Potty Training Questions and Other FAQs
Read the questions other parents have had while potty training their children and see if you can find answers to your own questions.
Refusing to Use Potty After Birth of a New Baby
A new brother or sister can throw a toddler's potty training off. If your new big sibling is resistant to using the toilet, find out how you can get her back on track.
Peeing in Public
Is it okay to let your toddler or 2-year-old pee in public?
Potty Training in Three Days
Get tips and insight into trying to train your child to use the bathroom in three days.
My Child Won't Poop on the Potty
Refusing to use the potty for a bowel movement is very common. Learn why toddlers go through this and ways you can help your child progress.
Potty Training Gear
Every child goes through a different potty training experience, which means you may need different gear or motivational tools than another parent. Find out more about some of the items that can help you support your child.
Should we use Pull-Ups or underwear for potty training?
As your toddler starts potty training, consider whether you want to use disposable training pants like Pull-Ups or regular cotton underwear.
Signs that Your Child is Ready to Start Potty Training
Use this checklist to see whether your little one is ready to start toilet training.
Child Will Not Use the Potty at Day Care
Having a child who won't use the potty at day care or school is fairly common. Get insight into how to handle the situation and help your child progress.
Potty Training Rewards
Find out if you should be using rewards to motivate your toddler to use the potty.
Potty Training Tips from Parents
Share your advice for how to potty train a toddler and read tips from other parents.
Infant Potty Training
It's possible to begin potty training when your child is just a baby if you can recognize different patterns and cues. You'll also need to have a lot of determination and time to make it work.
Boon Potty Bench
Parents review the Boon Potty Bench, which is a potty chair used during potty training.
Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus
Parents review the Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus, which is a portable toilet system used during potty training.
Mommy's Helper Cushie Traveler Toilet Seat
Parents review the Mommy's Helper Cushie Traveler Toilet Seat, which is a toilet seat insert used during potty training.
Disney Soft Trainer Seats by The First Years
Parents review Disney Soft Trainer Seats by The First Years, which are toilet seat inserts used during potty training.
Primo Folding Potty with Handles
Parents review the Primo Folding Potty with Handles, which is a toilet seat insert used during potty training.
Having Realistic Expectations About Potty Training
A mom is at her wit's end when her toddler won't poop on the potty. Learn how realistic expectations about potty training can help ease the stress and frustration of a reluctant potty trainee.
When Will My Toddler Stop Wetting the Bed?
Learn what's normal when it comes to toddlers and wetting the bed.
Why Is this Parent Pressuring a Child Care Provider to Start …
A child care provider writes in needing help for a parent pressuring her to start potty training her son who isn't ready yet.
Potty Training at Day Care but Not at Home
A reader asks why her toddler will go potty at day care but won't go at home. Learn how to get your toddler to go potty at home when she only goes at day care.
Potty Training Setbacks - How Have You Handled Potty Training…
Parents share how they have dealt with potty training setbacks in their toddlers.
Potty Training Frustration - What's Been Your Biggest Potty Training …
Parents share what they think the hardest part of potty training has been for them.
Potty Training - My Toddler Only Wants to Wear Diapers
Parents talk about making the switch from diapers to underwear during potty training and how to deal with it when your toddler only wants to wear diapers.
Why Won't My Toddler Use the Potty?
A reader asks about her toddler refusing to use the potty and learns that there are lots of reasons why her child might be afraid or apprehensive about going.
Can a Positive Attitude Make Potty Training Easier?
A reader asks about her toddler refusing to use the potty and learns that her own frustration and anger might be part of her child's problem.
Should I Stop Using Diapers?
A reader asks about her toddler refusing to use the potty and learns that his unrestricted access to diapers might be part of the problem.
Sit or Stand - Does Your Toddler Sit or Stand to Pee?
Parents share whether their boys sit or stand to pee.
Why Is my Toddler Not Peeing on the Potty?
A reader gets advice on what to do when her toddler begs for a diaper and will not pee on the potty.
Potty Training - Toddler Potty Training
All about toddler potty training including readiness skills to be aware of, potty training gear to buy, how to get started and how to handle problems if they arise.
Describes what Pull-Ups are including different varieties and how parents use them with their toddlers.
Toilet Talk - What Words Did You Use During Potty Training?
Parents share the words they used with their toddlers during potty training.
What Language Should I Use During Potty Training?
Do you go with technically correct words like bowel movement and urine or go with poop and pee? Learn what potty language to use with your toddler during potty training.
Boon Potty Bench Review
A review of a potty chair from Boon called the Potty Bench.
I Have Three Toddlers - Who Starts Potty Training First?
A reader writes about three toddlers (ranging in age from 18 to 22 months) that she'd like to potty train but isn't sure which child should start first.
My Caregiver Puts My Son on the Potty but He's not Ready
A parent writes in about her child care provider putting her son on the potty even though he's not ready to be potty trained. She wonders if this will cause potty training to take longer.
My Daughter Screams for her Diapers - How Can I Potty Train Her?
A mom writes about her daughter demanding a diaper to go potty in and screaming when mom mentions using the potty.
My Child Won't Go Potty in Public Restrooms
A mom writes:
"My daughter is 3 years old and has been doing great with potty training so far. When we're in public, however, she will scream and cry and refuse to sit on the potty. She demands a diaper and will go poop in it immediately after I put it on. If I don't give her a diaper she will stand there on the spot and go in her pants. What can I do?"
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Is My Son Ready for Potty Training Yet?
A reader's 19-month-old son hides in the corner with a diaper and she's wondering if he's ready for potty training.
Potty Training FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions parents have about potty training their child.
Is My Child Too Young for Potty Training?
These parents wonder if their 20 month old is ready to start potty training based on some signs of readiness. Is 20 months too young?
Will He Eventually Tell When He Needs to Potty and Should We Use Diapers at Nigh
A reader asks about her son who doesn't verbally indicate when he needs to use the potty and also inquires about what her son should wear for night training -- underwear or a diaper?
7-Day Potty Training E-Course
This course delivered to your e-mail inbox is a compilation of knowledge from all the parenting guides at About. Sign up today to learn how to get started on the road to potty training success.
The Don'ts of Potty Training
Potty training can be a trying experience at times. It's important to make sure your toddler feels supported and that you uphold a positive atmosphere in order to acheive success. Here are some things to avoid.
What Do I Do When My Toddler is Regressing During Potty Training?
Learn what may be causing your child to regress during potty training and how to work through these issues.
Is My Child Ready for Potty Training?
Learn the signs that indicate whether your child is ready for potty training.
How Do I Start Potty Training My Toddler?
Learn the steps involved in getting your child started with potty training.
When Can Babies Begin Potty Training?
A parent asks when babies can start potty training. Ages in potty training varies depending on methods used and readiness skills. Here, infant potty training and toddler potty training are discussed.
Potty Chairs to Fit your Needs
There are a variety of potty chairs available these days. Here are some picks to help you decide which chair is best based on you and your child's needs and preferences.
Take a Potty Break
A mother writes with a potty training problem that frequently occurs -- lack of interest and awareness. The solution, however, is not one most parents are ready to hear, since it requires taking a break from potty training.
How Do I Handle Potty Training While Out?
When you're out and about, chances are, your child will have to use the potty at some point. Here's how you can be prepared.
How Do I Get Friends and Family to Help with Potty Training?
Enlisting the help of friends and family and letting them know your potty training plan is one way to ensure toileting success for you and your child.
Potty Training Books for Toddlers
These books are all geared to help increase your toddler's awareness of using the potty by introducting toileting concepts in a fun, age-appropriate manner.
Reuse Clothing During and After Potty Training
Don't throw out those old pants and shorts! You may find use for them after your child has potty trained.
What Are Common Problems During Potty Training?
There are several problems you might encounter when potty training your toddler. Find out what they are and how to deal with them.
What Should My Child Wear During Potty Training?
There are many choices of what to wear during potty training. Compare the pros and cons and find out what will work for you and your child.
Potty Training Your Special Needs Child
Pediatrics Guide Vincent Iannelli offers information on how to potty train children with special needs.
Using a Potty Chair at a Friend or Family Member's Home
A mom asks for advice about taking a potty chair to the homes of her friends and family.
Help for a Toddler Pooping in Pants
Help for a mom whose toddler is pooping in her pants and refusing to be changed when she's poopy.
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Toddler?
Learn how long it will take to potty train your toddler.
How Long Did Potty Training Take?
Parents share how long it took to potty train their toddlers.
Potty Training Problems
Parents and caregivers share the potty training problems they encountered with their toddlers.
Gotta Go Now Travel Potty and Trainer
Read a review of this portable potty by Safety First.