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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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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.

The 10 Signs of Readiness

Whether the start of potty training comes earlier or later for your child, you’ll get your cues on “when it’s time” from your child. That emerging independence starts shining through and they’re eager-to-please. Now is the time to start actively watching for these signs of readiness for potty training. Ask yourself if your child:

  • Stays dry for at least two hours.
  • Is dry after a nap.
  • Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers.
  • Shows increased interest in the bathroom.
  • Asks to use the toilet or potty chair.
  • Has regular and predictable bowel movements.
  • Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear.
  • Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go.
  • Follows simple verbal directions.
  • Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself.

If your child shows two or more of these signs, it’s a good indication that they’re ready to start potty training.

Are You Ready?

Make sure you’re ready for the start of potty training when your child is. When a child shows readiness, that’s a parent’s cue to start preparing the child by buying products such as a small potty, training pants and children's books about using the toilet. You also can let your child practice on the potty.

Surf the Big Kid Beginnings area of Pull-Ups.com for more advice and tips and take advantage of the learning games, quizzes and songs to help you motivate your child. Remember the basics of being a good coach for your potty trainer and keep things motivating right from the start by being patient, positive and consistent. Focus on what your child does right. Stay upbeat. You’ll make it smoother, simpler and more rewarding for both of you.

A Successful Start

When you and your child are ready to start potty training, make it a big occasion. Mark the start of potty training with the introduction of Pull-Ups® Training Pants and the potty chair. Steer clear of worrying about hard and fast deadlines. No matter what your mother told you, there’s no one right age to start potty training. Most children show signs of readiness sometime between the ages of 18-24 months. Once you do get started, potty training takes about eight months, on average.

With a positive outlook and a little creativity, potty training really can be more about quality time. Find ways to encourage your child’s early interest. Play up the fun with activities like decorating the potty chair, picking out rewards or creating a special potty progress chart together.

And don’t forget to load on the praise and rewards right from the start. Bragging rights and the expectation of applause are strong motivators to your child. So find those moments to celebrate and share them with everyone in your child’s cheering section.

Ready, Set ... Not Yet

If your child starts out fine, but then gets hopelessly stuck, no worries! It’s not unusual for the potty chair to go back into the closet for weeks, or even months. If your child loses interest, hold off for a few weeks and then try again.

Toilet training is a developmental process. Children’s bodies and brains are developing all the time, and each new phase sets the foundation for those to come. No amount of teaching can make those developments happen before their time. You’ll have an easier, happy time of it if you wait until you’re sure your child is ready.