Toilet Training

Toilet Training: Where children learn to HOLD ON, and parents learn to LET GOI researched the physical aspects of toilet training here: “How to Toilet Train”. This post covers research into undies versus pull ups, and common approaches to toilet training.

What makes potty training such a big topic though is the power play that often arises. I researched motivation and applied it to toilet training here: “How to Potty Train without the Power Play”.

Finally, after I’d been there myself, I collated strategies that worked well for us and fit with the previous two research-based posts in “Potty Training Tips and Tools from Experience”.

For a great, research-based assessment of toilet training approaches see Potty Training Techniques” from Gwen Dewar at Parenting Science.

You can also sign up here for a potty training chart, and an email round up of great potty training tips from around the web.


Potty training tips and tools from experience

Potty Training Tips and Tools from Experience

I went into potty training armed with the research into physical aspects of potty training and theory behind the motivation. I have come out with practical potty training tips and tools that for us, worked really well. This is a bit of a different post, because it is experience, not …

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How to potty train without the power play

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I realised that in my last potty training post I focused on the physical aspects of potty training and neglected the psychological, motivational aspects – which is silly given that is one of my areas of expertise. Apart from the sickness that put Alex in hospital for a couple of …

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How to toilet train

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Most toilet training intervention studies use toilet training packages (multiple tactics at once). Making it hard to assess each tactic. However, I will try to assess each tactic based on relevant data and theory. 1. Underwear rather than nappies (diapers) A couple of studies have found about a 50% success …

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