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Let's Get Real with Potty-Training!

By Jodie Lynn

LET'S GET REAL: Potty Training Tips

Identifying if your child is ready for potty training is easy; it's the actual process that is driving parents over the edge. Here are a few "tried and true" tips.

Your child might be ready if:

They know the difference between a wet and dry diaper.

The sensation involved in getting a wet or messy diaper.

Interested in the big potty.

Interested in sitting on the big potty.

Can stay dry during naptime or other two to three hour periods.

Have a bowel movement on a regular schedule.

Can pull down own pants.

Can tell you about the need to go to the potty.

Training Tips:

Set out portable potty by the age of two and a half to three.

Do not expect them to use it right away.

Let them get used to seeing it in the bathroom.

Never rush.

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Keep in mind that boys are usually a little slower.

Potty training can take up to two to three weeks or longer (especially for bowel movements).

If the child is in any type of outside activity or childcare, ask the teacher or provider to help you to potty train using the same methods.

Use stickers, colorful big boy and big girl training pants, books, music and praise as rewards.

If you are traveling, take the potty with you.

Never spank.

If your child refuses to use the potty, back off as this will create a power struggle and unfortunately the toddler will not only win - but often times will also regress in training.

Patience and positive encouragement is the key.

If all else fails let someone else try to do the training. A new person with a new perspective just might be what is needed for a successful endeavor.

© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including,,,,, and Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.


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