Just for Parents

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.”

    Keep Reading

  • 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.

    Keep Reading

  • 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.

    Keep Reading

  • 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!

    Keep Reading

  • 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.

    Keep Reading

  • 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.

    Keep Reading

  • 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.

    Keep Reading

5 of 7
Potty Training During the Holiday Rush

Potty Training During the Holiday Rush

by Alison Schonwald, M.D.

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.

Inform Houseguests

If you are having houseguests during the holidays, make sure they know your child is in the process of potty training. Let them know that when your child expresses it’s time to go potty, you may interrupt activities to respond. Explain that you will reward your child for a job well done, and invite guests to join in your praise.

Be Consistent

Family gatherings, longer meals, changes in work schedules, and guests coming and going can distract you and your child from your toilet training plans. If you haven’t already done so, create a potty schedule for your tot and stick with it! When you’re out and about, remember to take frequent potty breaks. If you’re staying away from home, pack familiar supplies like a potty chair and Pull-Ups® Training Pants so your child feels more at ease when using a new bathroom.

Stay Centered

With the excitement of the holidays, it is easy to allow other things to demand your time and energy. During this special season, be sure to devote the same amount of attention and enthusiasm to your child that you would during the off-holiday season.

Don’t Dwell on Setbacks

If you get off-track during the holidays, don’t dwell on it. Keep a positive tone throughout, and start back up when things slow down and there are fewer distractions. Remember that above all, potty training is a process and it is normal to have setbacks.