Why Use A Potty Training Doll

Written by: Narmin Parpia 
Inventory of Potty Scotty & Potty Patty and Author of Potty Training In One Day

Potty Training Dolls - Some Background

The idea or concept of using a potty doll to potty train a child was developed by two psychologist named Nathan H. Azrin, Ph. D. and Richard M. Foxx Ph.D. in the 1970s. These two psychologists were studying what is involved in learning and how learning can be made more rapid.

They were researching how to potty train special needs (autistic, down syndrome and mentally retarded) children. They discovered that using their methods, children not categorized as special needs could be potty trained in less than a day. In 1974, they published their findings in a potty training book titled "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day"; this book has went on to be extremely successful (selling over 2 million copies) and has come to be reguarded as one of

Since then, several potty training books for parents such as "Potty Training for Dummies"& "The Everything Potty Training Book" have talked about using potty dolls for potty training, but not until Dr. Phil has this method become really popular. Dr Phil has done two shows on Potty Training in One Day. His first show aired on November 8th, 2002 and the second show in prime time on September 22nd, 2004. It was from these shows I was inspired to create and patin the Drink-and-Wet on Demand Potty Scotty and Potty Patty dolls.

Why use a Potty Training Doll?

  • Toddlers can see the appropriate potty behavior demonstrated by the doll
  • Toddlers can feel the wetness when the doll has an "accident" (as per the Potty Training In One Day Method)
  • Toddlers can relate the dolls, because they look like a toddler (not a baby)
  • Toddlers can "teach" the dolls the method, there by re-instilling the appropriate potty training behaviors

How to use a Potty Training Doll?

How you use a potty doll to assist in the potty training process really depends on which potty training method you decide to use.

Dr Phil's Potty Training Method uses a potty training doll - or doll that wets (according to Dr Phil) - to model the "going potty" behavior for you child. The doll is rewarded for going potty - throw the doll a potty party. Your child will extrapolate and will want to go potty like the doll and have a potty party as well. Dr Phil also recommends letting your child call his favorite superhero when he has successfully gone potty.

Parents' Potty Training Guide: How to Potty Train in One Day have you the parent teach your child to teach the doll to go potty. The concepts (which by the way is the same concept in Potty Training Concepts!) in this potty training method are that children learn by teaching and behavior is shaped by consequences.

Since "teaching is the highest form of learning", your child will not only teach the doll to go potty, but also teach the potty doll what are desired behaviors are and the natural and logical consequences of these behaviors. Once your child understand this, then you will teach your child to teach the doll what the undesired behaviors are and the natural and logical consequences of undesired behavior.

Other Potty Dolls:Potty Dotty

Do you remember Betsy Wetsy? This potty training doll was sold from the 1950 to the 1980. The doll had a straight tube from the mouth to the bottom - so it was pretty hard to model the going potty behavior with Betsy Wetsy.

Betsy WetsyThen there was Talking Potty Dotty. Dotty said things such as "Mommy, I have to got potty!" and "Hurry, Mommy! Hurry!". You had to quickly take her to her potty and she would go in her little potty. From my research, Dotty did not make it because she was hard to feed and did not always make it to the potty!!


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