How to Start Potty Training

There are endless ways to go about potty training. From diaperless babies, potty training boot camp, to waiting for signs of readiness, to pull-ups or underwear or commando… parents actually have a lot of decisions to make when embarking on potty training!

In short, these programs (which you often purchase) promise that with a determined attitude, solid plan, hard work, and an intense few days, you can have a fully potty trained toddler, often in three days (or less!).

But does this method work? And is it best for kids?

The answer, much like the choices described above, completely depends on the kiddo and the family! Remembering that each child and family are different, we do not endorse a particular method. We offer Potty Time as a way to teach signs to support any potty training method in a playful and positive way. Host Rachel Coleman teaches and inspires children to use the potty – and helps them sing, sign, and dance to celebrate their amazing bodies and potty time success.

8 Tips for Starting Potty Training

1. Gather information

Before you start, talk to friends, consult with your pediatrician, and read up on different potty training methods.

2. Learning the signs for Potty, WetDirtyHelp, and more
Learning the signs before you start potty training can help your child communicate their needs and may help you better understand when your child is ready to start.

Sign for potty

3. Trust your instincts

You are the expert on your child. Go with what you think will work best for your child and for you.
a) Are you changing fewer diapers?
b) Are your child’s bowel movements becoming more regular?
c) Is your child noticing (and doesn’t like) dirty diapers?
d) Can your child communicate their needs?

4. Give yourself time

Many preschools require children to be diaper free prior to enrollment. Start well before your deadline to build wiggle room into your timeline.

5. Aim for consistency

Set up your potty training schedule, but don’t worry too much if you can’t stick to it every day. Life happens.

6. Celebrate every step

Potty training is a process. Start by celebrating the little things, like sitting on the potty for a few seconds at a time.

7. Allow for do-overs

If there’s a major interruption in your family’s schedule and your child needs the comfort of the old routine, it’s OK to hang up the undies for a while.

8. Encourage independence
Help your child set a timer to remind him to go. Give stickers or rewards when he remembers to go, whether it’s with the help of a timer or all on his own! Download free potty training resources.
Potty Time Success Chart
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