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Toilet Training Potty Tips That Work for Any Age

Updated on July 15, 2012

Tips on Potty Training

Potty Training Tips That Work
Potty Training Tips That Work




Potty training for toddlers can be a dreading task. Some parents hold off for as long as they can. While others are excited about the disappearing diaper expense and are ready to jump in. There are clear signs to know if your child is ready. For instance, my nephew Noah can tell you if its poo poo, or pee pee in his diaper-- clear sign. My daughter used to run to me with her diaper bag in her hand and lay in front of me in "change me" position-- clear sign # 2. My nephew also can tell my sister what color his poop is. Kids who can identify their private parts, know when they are wet, and can assist you in changing them-- are definitely ready for potty training. When a child had developed their basic motor skills, it's usually time to begin their toilet training. My daughter was about 20 months when she was potty trained. However all kids are different. The average potty training age range is between 20 - 30 months of age. As a parent, you are the best person to decide rather your child is ready.


So now that they are ready, there are some things you, the parent, to be ready and give your child confidence. You should show patience and praise, even when they don't go. This is important to boost their self-confidence. You’ll want to make sure you allocate times throughout the day to focus on their training. If you are busy, on the phone, stressed-- perhaps the timing is not right. This could cause your child difficulty in using the potty. You need a stable and relaxing environment to make this work and go smoothly.


One thing I did with my daughter was took her potty picking. We picked out the chair that she liked best, no questions asked. We also picked out a few books, and prizes like stickers, snacks, and other goodies, Every time she used the potty we read the book and had a small hand-puppet show.

Find fun way to keep your child motivated. When she was training they sent it to you via snail mail, but I think you can print everything right from home now; so no worries about waiting 6-8 weeks.

Try Going to the Pull-Ups website. Currently, they have a “Big Kid Timer” and a program where you can schedule a special call from Matter (of the animated film Cars) or Cinderella.


Take your time, there is no rush. And, good parenting doesn't equate to having your child potty trained by the age of 2. Sometimes children are just not ready. Do not force it; their confidence will come naturally over time.

Have fun and take before and after pictures for their keepsakes.

Kids love rewards and praise. Make sure you have plenty.



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