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Toilet Training

Your child is growing up —, and growing out of diapers. Find expert advice and parent strategies to help with your child's toilet-training transition.

Constipation in Toddlers

Constipation is common in toddlers and preschoolers during toilet training. read more

Fear of the Toilet

Expert advice for a mother whose son fears "falling into" the toilet. read more

Getting Started with Potty Training

Getting Started with Potty Training To successfully use the potty, a child has to have achieved certain physical skills: read more

Parents Weigh In: What's the Right Age for Kids to ...

Start watching TV, choose their own clothes, have a cell phone, wear makeup, and stay home alone? Knowing when your child is ready for these responsibilities really comes down to knowing your child, but seeing how other parents weigh in can give valuable perspective. Take our polls and see how your parenting choices compare! read more

Potty Train a 1-1/2-Year-Old?

Patience is called for in potty training, because "Mother Nature" does need to be included in this decision process. read more

Potty Training Basics

Potty Training BasicsThese common-sense rules about potty training can help make the process easier on everyone! Try not to push potty training on your child. Children will give obvious clues when they are ready. These clues include taking off their diaper, being upset if the diaper is wet or if they are carrying a load, when they have a name for their bowel movements, or when they have an obsession with the potty. read more

Potty Training Chart

If your toddler is ready to ditch the diapers, personalize and print off this interactive potty training chart to track his progress. read more

Potty Training Problems

You have to be relaxed about potty training. A child will make his own decision about when he wants to use the toilet to defecate. read more

Potty Training: All Through the Night

Potty Training: All Through the Night Staying dry throughout the night will not happen anywhere near as soon as daytime control. Give your child a break. After all, he's just starting to learn how to control his bowel and bladder during the day, when he's fully awake and conscious of his body's signals. It will take your toddler more time before he maintains control when he's unconscious, too. (Nighttime urination tends to occur during the deepest stages of sleep.) read more

Ready for Potty Training?

There is no "right" age for toilet training. read more

Ready for Toilet Training?

Learn how to tell when your child is ready to potty train. read more

Son Won't Use Potty

If a child is making progress, don't push him. When he is good and ready, he will have his bowel movements on the toilet. read more

The Pros and Cons of Preschool

The Pros and Cons of Preschool When your child is potty trained you have the option of sending her to preschool. Most preschool programs last a half day and provide structured activities and some preliminary studies to prepare your child for kindergarten. Preschool is not required: Your child doesn't need to go to preschool to get into kindergarten. For most children, however, preschool can be great. read more

Three-Year-Old Stopped Using Potty

It is not unusual to have to re-teach potty skills to a child, but be aware of signs of a possible medical problem. read more

Time to Ditch the Diapers! 10 Parent-Approved Potty Training Techniques

See ya, diapers! If your child is ready to foray into the world of big kid underwear, it's helpful to have a few potty training secrets up your sleeve. Try some of these parent-suggested tips to help make your experience as easy as possible. From realistic to funny to imaginative, all of these tricks are tried-and-true from our own readers, so don't forget to add your own in the comment section! read more

Toilet Training 101

Toilet Training 101 Toilet training begins with the introduction to the potty seat or the toilet itself. As a beginner, your child can use either a potty seat (essentially a small chamber pot with a lid) or a specially designed ring that fits over the toilet seat and narrows its opening, making it the perfect size for toddler tushies. (There's also a transition seat that combines the two—first fitting over the potty and then sitting on top of the toilet.) Each has its advantages. read more

Toilet Training Problems

Toilet Training Problems By the time your child has started toilet training, you are probably more than ready to say goodbye to diapers forever. But certain times will still demand the use of diapers. You should probably return your child to diapers whenever: read more

Toilet Training Setbacks

Learning to use the toilet is like learning to walk -- everyone will do it at some point, but when that is varies from child to child. Do not expect perfection -- three steps forward, one step back, is the norm. read more

Toilet Training: How to Coach Your Child

Toilet Training: How to Coach Your Child If your child starts telling you when she needs to use the potty—or goes by herself—consider yourself blessed. More likely, you will need to help your toddler out at least some of the time. In her first weeks out of a diaper, watch your child like a mother hen. You will easily recognize your child's body signals: read more

Toilet-Training Readiness

Children who are rapid learners or are more intelligent don't necessarily potty train earlier. read more

Trouble Potty Training a Three-Year-Old

There are no hard and fast guidelines for when a child should be toilet trained. In general, parents provide the encouragement and guidance, but when a healthy child is ready, he will do it eventually. read more

When to Begin Toilet Training

When to Begin Toilet Training Childproofing Before your child is ready to begin potty training, she must progress from spontaneous and uncontrollable urination and defecation to voluntary control over her bowel—and then her bladder. In general, if your child can coordinate the muscles and balance needed to run, then she can control her bowels or bladder. Of course, just because your toddler has the muscle control does not mean she will use it. read more