How to Get Started with Potty Training

Thinking about getting started with Potty Training?

You probably want to know two things :

  1. When or at what age you should be potty training your toddler
  2. How you should potty train your toddler?

I wish these questions had simple answers such as:

  1. You should start potty training your child at 30 months
  2. Follow these 5 steps and your toddler shall be potty trained.

But, alas, it is NOT that simple.

Just like parenting, when it comes to potty training ONE shoe does NOT fit all.

You as the parent and the potty training coach will have to work out a plan and an approach that not only will work for you, but will also work for your child.

AND just because an approach worked for your first child, it may not work for your second child.

We have compiled a number of different topics that we hope will get your started on working out a plan and the best approach not only for you, but also for your toddler.

How to Potty Train?
.....So, after counseling many parents over the phone and via email, I decided it was time to write down the "how to potty train" formula! Here it is ....

How to Potty Train - The 5 Potty Training Methods
I think the hardest part of any task (including potty training) is figuring out HOW you are going to do. Once you have figured it out, then it is a matter of getting everything together and just doing it. Not only does this article presents the 5 different ways .....

When should I start potty training? What is the right age for potty training?
.....So based on this definition, here are my thoughts on subject of when you should start to potty train. There is no set age at which potty training or toilet training should begin. The right time depends on your child's development in the following four areas .....

Typical Timetable or Stage(s) for Child Development that supports Potty Training and Toilet Training
The focus should be on the developmental age and not the chronological age. If you child is exhibiting the developmental skills in the last two rows - then your child is probably ready to be potty trained ......

Successful Potty Training Tips from other parents.
It is great to read about what you should and should not do - but parents have been potty training their children for centuries! So what has worked for other parents? Parents share potty training tips that have worked well for them ....

Potty Training from a Child's Perspective
Have you really stopped and thought about potty training from a child's perspective? Imagine yourself to be a child. At about the average age of 12-18 months, you begin to associate the feeling of fullness .....

What about Night Time Potty Training?
What does Night time potty training mean exactly? Basically, it means the same as day time potty training, i.e. when your child has the urge to urinate; they would go to the potty to urinate. However, achieving night time control is not simply a learned skill .....

Potty Training Boys - Tips and Information
How to potty train boys? Do you teach them to sit down or to stand up?
Potty Training Tips for teaching boy how to potty train standing up.
There is a great selection of available products for potty training boys'

ONE shoe does NOT fit all
Each child is an individual and each child comes into this world with his or her own set of personality traits. And since we are the adults, it is our responsibility to adjust our behaviors and action to better suit the child. Dr. Phil, in his book "Family First", has a great section on "Your Parenting Style" and "Your Child's Type". He discusses how important it is as a parent to adapt your parenting style to better suit your child's type.

What is your Parenting Style?
According to Dr Phil there are three main styles, ways or levels of managing with which we deal with our children. These are ......

Your Child's Type
According to Dr Phil, each child has tendencies, resistances and temperaments that are distinctly theirs. Because of this uniqueness, each child should be treated as an individual. Even children within a family should be treated as the individuals that they are .....

MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our Potty Training Information Index for a complete list of information, resources and articles on our web site on potty training - all broken down into categories to help you navigate through the information.

Our web site navigation is on the LEFT hand side. The top navigation is for the products and the bottom navigation will walk you through the information, articles and resources on potty training.

Our Potty Training Message Board is available for you to post your questions on and for you to read and scan how other parents are potty training their toddlers.

Our Potty Training Polls will enable you to see at what age other parents are potty training their toddlers.

Last, but not least, visit our Potty Training Community to have some fun, visit with our other parents, as well as our Potty Training Experts.

 

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