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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.

  • Potty Trainer to Moms Like Me – Even Celebrity Moms

    Potty Trainer to Moms Like Me – Even Celebrity Moms

    Meet the Celebrity “Potty Training Whisperer,” Jen Singer. She has been an official Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner for years and can give anyone the scoop on potty training. Here she tells her story about giving potty training advice to celebrity mom Melissa Joan Hart.

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  • Potty Training for Working Parents

    Potty Training for Working Parents

    Every family experiences potty training highs and lows, but it can be especially challenging for parents that work outside the home. Whether parents are working full-time or part-time, most can’t be with their child every time they need to use the bathroom. Check out the following tips to help you and your child prepare for potty training, even while you work.

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  • Daycare Provider Inside Secrets: The Scoop from Seasoned Professionals

    Daycare Provider Inside Secrets: The Scoop from Seasoned Professionals

    Planning your child’s potty training schedule can be a tricky task. But consistency, patience and open communication between parents and daycare providers can lead to a more successful training routine. Here we have real-life accounts of parents and child-care providers working together to create seamless training schedules.

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  • Dads and Potty Training

    Dads and Potty Training

    Dads can be particularly apprehensive about the potty training experience, and they can end up taking a secondary role to mom. But it doesn’t need to be that way. On the contrary, there are many reasons why dads should be excited and eager to enter into the potty training process with their child, and take a leading role.

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  • Potty Training as a Team

    Potty Training as a Team

    The proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” holds true when potty training your toddler. The process can be easier and more fun when you involve everyone from siblings to grandparents to daycare providers in addition to mom and dad. Here, our Training Partners offer their top tips for getting everyone on board for a potty training team victory.

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Potty Trainer to Moms Like Me – Even Celebrity Moms

Potty Trainer to Moms Like Me – Even Celebrity Moms

by Jen Singer

Meet the Celebrity “Potty Training Whisperer,” Jen Singer. She has been an official Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner for years and can give anyone the scoop on potty training. Here she tells her story about giving potty training advice to celebrity mom Melissa Joan Hart.

Melissa’s 27-month-old son, Mason, was already showing some signs of readiness, including sitting on the potty and staying dry through naps. He was even waking up dry in the morning! But Melissa just had a second baby, and she didn’t want to start seriously potty training during such a major change in Mason’s life. Smart move. I also recommend that parents should put off potty training during such life events, including moving, a new caretaker or a change in the family.

Mason was already getting a chocolate treat for sitting on the potty, but his success rate had been limited. I suggested that Melissa change the treat to signal the start of the potty training process in earnest, so she bought some small toy cars like the ones my boys used to line up in their rooms. I also recommended big hugs, high fives or a celebratory song and dance because toddlers won’t find endless amusement in seeing their parents do their own potty success dance.

Like any toddler who becomes a big brother or sister, Mason was craving attention. So we decided that Melissa and her husband should set aside time to make a big deal out of Mason’s potty training efforts. They’d make sure to put Mason on the potty every hour or so, all the while making it fun by using books and videos as incentives, and the toy cars as rewards.

So far, Mason has had great success, but the cars no longer continued to motivate him as much as they used to. Melissa began incorporating gummy bears into the rewarding mix, and his enthusiasm continues to grow.

Still, I’ve let her know that setbacks happen (like Mason’s loss of love over the cars). Potty training can be one of the most labor intensive of your toddler’s milestones, but like Melissa, if you stick to a plan — and plan to adjust as needed — you can have success, too. And that will make you and your toddler feel like stars.