• Warm-ups: Have your child practice toilet tasks individually — pulling down pants, sitting on the potty, wiping, flushing — in a low-key way. Using Pull-Ups® is a great way to practice pulling his own pants up and down, and it reinforces your child’s sense of being in charge of the process. Pull-Ups stretchy sides allow this, unlike diapers.
  • Easily removable clothing: Potty training calls for simple clothing, so now is a great time to go through your kid’s clothes and set aside the overalls, tights and anything with 1,001 snaps. The more your child can control the process, including getting undressed and dressed, the better.
  • Open bathroom policy: Offer to let your toddler hang out with you in the bathroom while you’re doing your business. It’s a really important way for little kids to learn.
  • Set aside expectations: It takes eight months, on average, to potty train a child. Turtles, Squirrels and Bears often take longer! Remember, this is a partnership. You’re your child’s coach, and they need you to stay with them for the whole course.
  • Practice: Say a few potty praises into the mirror so you’ll be comfortable using them. Genuine, low-key, specific praise works best. Don’t just yell out, “Wow! Great job!” Instead, make an observation about a skill. For example, try saying, “This time, I see you held your pee until you got to the potty. Nice job.” Finding the right balance of praise is a way to be respectful of your child’s growing sense of mastery and independence.
  • Be safe: Create a safe environment in the bathroom with a sturdy step stool up to the toilet. Check with your Turtle or Owl for their specific requests in the bathroom. The more they feel they drive the process, the more successful they’ll be.
  • Discuss with your little student: Does he want a little potty of his own? Or to use a potty insert? Another trick to try is the “backsplash” method: Have your child (girl or boy) sit backward on the toilet (with no insert). This helps the child to feel more stable.
  • Potty training pack: Keep a “potty training pack” of a pair of pants and Pull-Ups® tucked into a zipper bag, and stash one in your car, your purse and at Grandma’s house.
  • Time to Potty app: Download the free app, Time to Potty, onto your smart phone or tablet. Pull-Ups’ Time to Potty is a timer that helps your child learn the importance of taking regular potty breaks by automatically adjusting based on their progress.
  • Potty Partners: Talk with any Potty Partners, like babysitters, grandparents or other caregivers. You want to share your family’s potty training plan so that you’re all on the same page.
  • Point out potties: Point out all the potties in other places — at Grandpa’s house, at the mall and at the grocery store. Many toddlers don’t realize their home isn’t the only place in the universe with a potty!

Now that you've worked through your potty training to-do list, use our Potty Training Shopping List to prepare for you and your child.