The Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership — based on tried-and-true potty training methods supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians — brings together loads of great advice on potty training including ways to make potty training fun. So, whether you’ve already tried a method that didn’t work for your toddler or you’re just starting to think about potty training, you’ll find all kinds of helpful information on this site.
Start by Confirming Your Child Is Ready for Toilet Training
Kids are ready to potty train at different ages, so it’s important not to get stuck on a number. Instead, watch for signs that your toddler is ready to start potty training including these:
- Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper.
- Hiding to pee or poop.
- Showing interest or copying the behavior of people who are using the bathroom.
- Staying dry in their diaper for longer than usual.
- Waking up dry from a nap.
- Telling you that they’re about to go or have just gone.
If your child shows at least two of these signs, they might be ready to start. Take the Pull-Ups® Potty Training Readiness Quiz to help you decide.
Determining Your Child's Potty Personality
Once you’re confident your child is ready, take a quick quiz to determine your child’s potty training personality. Even if you’ve already potty trained a big brother or sister, you’ll surely notice that no two kids are alike — in potty training or any other area. Once you’ve determined if your child is free-spirited, eager-to-please, shy, high-energy or cautious, you can access tips that are tailored to their personality.
Make Sure You Have All the Essentials
Before you kick off potty training, make sure you have everything you need including Pull-Ups® training pants and either a child-size toilet seat that sits on top of your regular seat or a potty chair (or both!).
This list details items to pick up for an at-home potty training readiness kit and a travel kit. And our potty training to-do list includes some helpful ideas for preparing your home (don’t forget a step stool!) and your child (goodbye, hard-to-manage clothes with lots of buttons or snaps!).
Learn How to Talk to Your Child About Potty Training
Most adults don’t talk about their bathroom habits — unless they have a reason to discuss them with their doctor. But if you’re going to potty train a child, you have to get comfortable talking about what you do on the toilet — and what you’re teaching them to do — quick.
If you don’t already have words you use regularly with your child to describe what they’ll be putting in the potty, take a moment to decide. Do you want to use words like urine and BM? Or more casual words like pee and poop? It’s up to you which words you choose: Just be sure to keep them consistent so you don’t confuse your little one.
Also, take some time to think about how you’ll praise your child for their potty training successes. These scripts can help you figure out how to talk to your child’s potty personality: free-spirited, eager-to-please, shy, high-energy or cautious.
Start by Demonstrating How It’s Done
Kids love to mimic their parents — and big sisters, big brothers or cousins. As you start to introduce the steps of potty training, try the “Can You Do What I Do?” game. It’s a great way to show your child how the toilet flushes, how to wash their hands really well and other important actions they’ll be taking. Also, have your child practice pulling their pants and Pull-Ups® training pants up and down. It’s an important skill to master so a child can get on the potty in time when they have to go.
Give It A Go — Patiently!
Choose a time when you’ll be at home and not too busy. Start by having your child sit on the potty to see how it feels. Who knows? You might get lucky and catch them at the right time. But it’s also possible the first time is just about experiencing what the potty feels like.
Kids needs to learn how to tell when they need to go. So, don’t expect them to tell you they have the urge right away. Instead, encourage them to sit for a little while to see if they pee or poop. Read a book, play a little game or sing a song — anything to make the time pass in a fun way. And remember every little step is part of the process, so there are more successes to celebrate than going in the potty (although, of course that’s the one parents get really excited about!).
Together, you and your potty training child have an adventure ahead. Make it a fun one!