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Potty Training


Potty Training is an ongoing process in acquiring lifelong skills. Ensure your child's success by educating yourself and being prepared. Learn about the signs of readiness, how to get started, what gear to buy and how to handle potty training problems.
  1. Is My Toddler Ready for Potty Training?
  2. Potty Training Gear
  3. Getting Started Potty Training
  1. Potty Training Away from Home
  2. Special Potty Training Situations
  3. Potty Training Problems and Setbacks

Is My Toddler Ready for Potty Training?

Potty Training Readiness

Enthusiasm and desire are necessary ingredients when it comes to potty training, but there are other signs of readiness your toddler should exhibit before you get started in earnest.

Potty Training Gear

Potty Training Gear / Boon Potty Bench

The great thing about potty training is that it can be done very frugally. Parents who want to save money can start out with simple underwear or training pants and use their own toilet. Parents who want to spend more can use disposable training pants and purchase a potty chair. Other gear can help your toddler on her journey but keep in mind the most important thing you can offer is your support.

Getting Started Potty Training

Potty Training

You know you're ready. You've got the gear and now you and your child can jump in feet (or buttocks) first! Here are some potty training dos and don'ts as well as practical advice from other parents that will get you on your way.

Potty Training Away from Home

Public Restroom

When you or your child are away from home you may find you need to adapt your potty training plan. In addition, if your child is in child care, is going to visit family or friends, you will want to enlist the help of others and make sure they are on board with your plan.

Special Potty Training Situations

Potty Training in Special Situations

Some parents may find that they are need to adapt their approach to potty training. What works for one child doesn't always work for another -- especially when you have twins, triplets or other multiples, or if your child has special needs.

Potty Training Problems and Setbacks

Potty Training Problems

Along the road, you're bound to encounter some road blocks to complete potty training success. Some of these can be overcome by taking a new approach or even taking a step back from training. Other issues will need to be handled with the help of a professional health care provider. Also, beware of methods that promise overnight results. These methods often don't work and can even be harmful.

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