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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.

  • Five Potty Training Myth Busters

    Five Potty Training Myth Busters

    Whether you’re just starting potty training or you’re in the full swing of it, one thing is likely: Somebody has spread rumors to you. Call them potty training myths. These assertions of how potty training is supposed to go can make you wonder if your potty training plan has a few glitches.

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  • The “He Said, She Said” on Potty Training

    The “He Said, She Said” on Potty Training

    Boys and girls present unique challenges in every area of parenting — and potty training is no exception. Though girls and boys take roughly the same amount of time to train (eight months on average), there are many differences between boys and girls throughout the process. Jan Faull, Potty Training Partner, shares tips on helping your little lady or lad master potty training.

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  • Hot Topics When Starting to Potty Train: The Top 7 Questions About Early Potty Training

    Hot Topics When Starting to Potty Train: The Top 7 Questions About Early Potty Training

    Kristin Petrick is in the beginning stages of potty training her 2-year-old daughter. She asks if there are methods to “alleviate false alarms” when her child says she needs to go potty but actually does not. Petrick’s daughter’s behavior is normal. It is also one of the most frequently asked questions about early potty training.

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  • Making the Big Switch: Transitioning from Diapers to Training Pants

    Making the Big Switch: Transitioning from Diapers to Training Pants

    One of the first steps parents take as they face potty training is determining if their little one is really ready to begin working toward real underwear. And for many, the next step is helping their child transition from diapers to training pants. But how should parents encourage their child to make this switch?

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  • Transitioning into Training Pants

    Transitioning into Training Pants

    “Moving into training pants is a key sign for your child that he or she is becoming a Big Kid and therefore should start using the potty,” says former Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner, Page Turner. Here are some helpful insights from Turner and the Pull-Ups® Brand for transitioning tots to training pants and completing potty training.

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  • How to tell if Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

    How to tell if Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

    Is your child ready to start potty training? All parents eventually face this question, but there are several signs that can help you determine when it’s time to start training. The truth is that no two kids train alike. The secret to success in potty training is to tune into your child’s unique learning style.

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  • A Potty Training Plan: Your Road Map to Success

    A Potty Training Plan: Your Road Map to Success

    Facing potty training for the first time may feel a little like climbing Mt. Everest: You have no idea what it’s going to be like until you’ve done it. Fortunately, potty training is much easier than mountain climbing, but when you’re done, you may feel the same mammoth-sized sense of accomplishment.

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The “He Said, She Said” on Potty Training

The “He Said, She Said” on Potty Training

Boys and girls present unique challenges in every area of parenting — and potty training is no exception. Though girls and boys take roughly the same amount of time to train (eight months on average), there are many differences between boys and girls throughout the process. Jan Faull, Potty Training Partner, shares tips on helping your little lady or lad master potty training.

1) Slow and Steady Always Wins

Regardless of gender, children progress through the potty training process at their own rate and in their own way. Because of this, Faull reminds parents to allow their child to set the potty pace and protocol.

“It’s important to know that children usually don’t catch onto both peeing and pooping at the same time,” said Faull. “If a child shows interest in learning one, allow him or her to focus on that task. It will be much easier for your child to conquer the next potty skill with the confidence gained from the prior achievement.”

2) Like Parent, Like Child

Children are great mimics. It’s an easy way for them to learn new concepts, including using the potty.

“Though a role model of any kind will help children learn how to potty train, children often learn best from watching a role model who is made like them — boys watching their dads and girls watching their moms,” said Faull. “If mom or dad can’t be around to help, an aunt or uncle, or even an older cousin, can step in. Wanting to be like an older boy or girl they look up to is often all the inspiration a toddler needs to become a potty pro.”

3) Boys Will Be Boys

Because potty training with boys involves both sitting and standing, it may be confusing which task to teach first. Faull recommends using your child’s own cues to determine what progression makes the most sense for your unique little one.

“Some boys learn to urinate first by sitting and then later standing, while others insist on standing from the very beginning of potty training,” said Faull. “It’s important when coaching your son to use flushable targets, such as cereal in the toilet, to teach him to aim accurately.”

Even though training differs between boys and girls, staying positive and patient is the key to success for every parent and potty trainer.