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Need some advice when things aren’t going as expected? Want to share a potty training tip with other parents? This is the place to be! Choose from the four categories below and find all you need to know.

  • The Big Finish to Potty Training

    The Big Finish to Potty Training

    Potty training is pretty exciting in the beginning. But what to do when the thrill is gone; when it’s not so exciting to interrupt a fun activity to go to the potty; when wearing diapers seems to be as easy as anything else? There are plenty of activities to maintain your child’s interest in training and other techniques to keep them aiming for the “Big Finish.”

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  • Refusing to Use the Potty – My Tips for Success

    Refusing to Use the Potty – My Tips for Success

    Do you hear “No” a lot these days? Your toddler can’t help it — saying no is their first step on the road to independence. It sure makes potty training complicated, though. Keep these tips in mind while you’re dealing with a defiant toddler.

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  • Getting Potty Training Advice

    Getting Potty Training Advice

    Now that we’re living in the information era, parents are turning increasingly to the Internet for advice on how to help a child potty train successfully. Here are some tips for finding credible and trustworthy advice.

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  • Recognizing the Urge

    Recognizing the Urge

    Parents usually recognize when their child has to go to the bathroom (the wiggle, the crossed legs.) The trick is turning those signals into teachable moments so your child recognizes that what’s going on can go into the potty!

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  • Potty Training During the Holiday Rush

    Potty Training During the Holiday Rush

    With guests visiting from out of town and families taking the festivities on the road, potty training can be especially difficult around the holidays. If you are in the midst of training, there are ways to help ensure that the hectic holidays can still lead to potty training success.

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  • Regression is Normal!

    Regression is Normal!

    It’s one of the most frustrating aspects of potty training: Your toddler has been in underwear for weeks when suddenly he or she begins to have accidents. But don’t worry — you can get back on track with training despite a bout of regression.

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  • Potty Training and Bedwetting – What’s the Difference?

    Potty Training and Bedwetting – What’s the Difference?

    As a pediatrician and mom, I have spent numerous hours listening to other moms' concerns about potty training. There are many misconceptions about achieving daytime and nighttime dryness in children and understanding when a child is fully potty trained.

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Getting Potty Training Advice

Getting Potty Training Advice

by Dr. Jennifer Shu

Now that we’re living in the information era, parents are turning increasingly to the Internet for advice on how to help a child potty train successfully. Here are some tips for finding credible and trustworthy advice.

Network the non-profit organizations.

Check out national professional societies’ and other non-profit groups’ websites, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics at http://www.aap.org/ and the Nemours Foundation at http://www.kidshealth.org/, for patient or consumer information about potty training. These sites typically can provide excellent advice if it’s a reputable organization.

Ask the experts.

Websites that provide potty training aids (like this one) can be a treasure trove of information on getting started, reinforcing the process and keeping up the potty-training child’s good work. Keep coming back to Pull-Ups.com to check out the array of helpful potty training articles. While browsing Facebook, join The Pull-Ups® Parents Connection to share advice with other potty training parents.

Pick another parent’s brain.

Social networking sites allow for easy communication with other parents who have been there and done that when it comes to potty training. Keep in mind that these parents’ knowledge may be limited to what they know only from their own experiences — which may differ from your situation — so be sure to take information you receive through internet message boards, chats and email with a grain of salt.

Partner with your pediatrician.

Your child’s pediatrician may be your biggest ally when it comes to helping your child potty train. If he or she doesn’t have a website with articles or the opportunity to communicate virtually, call the office with your questions or make an appointment.

Finally, stay true to your family.

Potty training is not a one-size fits all process. Online information is best used to give you some ideas, which you can tailor to your own child and family philosophy. As long as something isn’t harmful to your child’s health or well-being, it’s probably worth trying.