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17 May

ojai-valley-neighborhood-for-learningYou’ve decided that your toddler is ready to be potty trained. So… it’s time to take the big plunge. It’s not going to be easy but there’s no need to despair. Your child is going to master toilet training before kindergarten. Here are four tips for potty training to help make sure that you’re also ready. After all, potty training is going to require a lot of commitment on your part.

First, remember that the goal is not as important as the journey getting there. Potty training is the goal. You have already determined that your child is ready and you have made the commitment to focus on this project until the end. Many children can be trained in about a week’s time. The key is staying focused to be successful quickly.

Here are some tips for potty training to help you out:

Use a timer.
Make a game of “racing to the potty”. You tell your child that when the alarm goes off, it’s time to race for the potty. You set the alarm for twenty minutes. When it goes off, you race for the potty to see if he/she can go. If he/she can’t, you set the timer for another twenty minutes and try again.

Twenty minute intervals are a good starting point. You can adjust the alarm as you wait between intervals. “Racing for the potty” becomes a game for you and your toddler and helps you make sure that you won’t forget to ask if he/she needs to go potty. Success breeds success in this process. If the child can go for a long while without wetting the diaper, he/she will be encouraged to remember.

At first, you must remember to…

Offer rewards
Offer some kind of reward every time your toddler goes potty. Double the reward if the child tells you then actually goes in the potty. Celebrate every success wildly. Do your happy dance, sing a song, and give stickers every single time.

Diligence is the most important aspect of toilet training.
There are many of tools that can be useful to you. There are a lot of good “How to Potty Train a Toddler” books available for you. You can even find dolls with their own potty. The most important factor in succeeding quickly is just making potty training a priority for the next few days.

I have some suggested reading at the bottom of this article. You can actually read a few pages of these “How to Potty Train a Toddler” books online by clicking on the book image.

Plan you schedule to make this week “potty training week. Then stick to the plan. Plan to stay home as much as possible to make the potty training easier. Just think ahead for a few days when you’ll be kissing those diapers goodbye!

I hope you’ve found these tips for potty training helpful. Good luck!

I did not reference the following books for this article but they looked interesting when I took a peek inside at

Reading List of “How to Potty Train a Toddler” books:




1. A very good book on the subject of Potty Training is written by Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha Ph.D.

Stress-Free Potty Training – A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child

It’s available at in paperback or Kindle. You can read a few pages online before buying. Just click on the image.





The No-Cry Potty Training Solution





2. Another good book to help you potty train is written by Elizabeth Pantley. It’s also available in paperback or Kindle at

The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers

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