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What Foods to Take During Potty Training

Updated on September 2, 2016

In training our children as they grow up, there are more and more problems we encounter and that is one of the most interesting part of parenthood. Like for this instance when we want to train our kids to pee on their own in just a few days, we have to consider things even their food intake. Potty training within few days is a great challenge. You will receive different comments and suggestions from your friends and family and even you and your partner will argue in some matter in what to do and what not to do during the process. If you are having troubles with the Do’s and Don’ts in toilet training, try following our research on the foods to take that might lessen the burden.

What Foods Are Best for Your Kids

Fiber rich foods are most recommended, why? It prevents constipation because it helps retain fluids in our stools making it soft and easier to come out. In order to be healthy, nutritionists also suggest that we take 30-40 grams of fiber a day or 10 grams minimum for toddlers. To do this, we have to give our kids foods that are rich in fiber like these ones listed below:

Fiber Rich Foods to Help Prevent Constipation

List of Foods
Recommended Dosage
Fiber Content (in grams)
1 medium
1 cup
Green peas
1 cup
1 cup
1 cup
1 cup
1 cup
1 oz.
1 medium
1 medium
1 cup
1 cup
1 cup
1/2 medium
1 medium
1 medium
1 medium
1 oz.
1 medium
1 cup
Sweet potato
1 cup
Winter squash
1 cup
Bread, whole wheat
1 slice
1/2 cup
1 cup
1 cup
Kiwi fruit
1 each
1 cup
1.5 oz box
Romaine lettuce
1 cup
Summer squash
1 cup
1 medium


You can vary your servings according to your children’s age and needs. There are also other foods not mentioned in the list that you adults can try for a healthier lifestyle.


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Foods to Avoid during Toilet Training

When your child is pooping in a regular basis, it only means that his organs are working properly. What worries us sometimes is when they do not poop because of constipation. Kids want to eat foods they like and one of which causes constipation are fatty foods so you should avoid these when you want to be successful in potty training in a few days.

Some foods to avoid preventing constipation are cereals, bananas, applesauce, carrot, even large quantities of dairy products such as milk and cheese, processed foods, meat, white bread, and others.

Did You Know?

Foods are not the only causes of constipation. It may also be caused by medicines like antidepressants and some medicines to boost iron. Stress can also cause constipation and toddlers who are forced to do toilet training are likely to become constipated that is why it is best to make sure that they are ready. Getting them ready for the process may also help you train them faster and even help in the 3 days potty training like other parents do.

Kids who are not ready to be trained are avoiding the stress of going to the bathroom every time. Experts suggest that toddlers aging 18 to 30 months are ready to be trained. Children younger than these ages shouldn’t be pushed to train if they still resist doing so. If you want to know more about the signs when a child is ready to be potty trained, you can refer to Jennifer Nicole’s book titled Potty Train: 3 Days to Potty Train Any Child without Driving Everyone Crazy. It is the most recommended book in the market for parents who are having a hard time training their children to pee and poop independently. I remember one of my colleagues telling me story about it too. She bought it as an eBook since she can’t wait for the paperback version to be shipped.


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    • charlynjune profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlyn June 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the feedback on the book.. It will surely help moms who are struggling to potty train their kids..

    • charlynjune profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlyn June 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      Great! Me too.. I actually just learned some of these during my research.. :) thanks for dropping by..

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      2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the tips, I didn't know there are so many foods to avoid for potty training, send this hub to my niece who had just gave birth to her baby


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