Potty Training



When you toddler shows signs of knowing a clean from dirty diaper, you can start potty sitting. This is around 18 months, but varies from child to child.

Children should be encouraged to sit on their potty (with clothes and diaper on or off) first thing in the morning, before all snacks and meals, before naps and bedtime and before leaving the house.

Praise for cooperating and sitting. Your child will decide when (and if) he or she wants to put their poop or the pee in the potty. They are in control. You provide a structured, supportive environment.

Potty sitting can be part of a Simon Says game in the bathroom or introduced as tagging up at home plate.

In between potty sits, “catch” your child with dry diaper or training pants and pile on the praise. Talk up how great friends or family kids are who are potty trained. Once your child is farther along with training if you find dirty pants or a diaper, take the child to the bathroom, go through what your child should do next time and continue scheduled potty sitting.

Put your child in training pants on easy-clean floors or outside with a potty close at hand.  Accidents can and do happen. Make potty runs outside the house too. Start with stores and places with nice bathrooms first and build from there.

More information and statistics on when to expect success follows:






About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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  1. Pingback: Silver Lining? Potty Time! | Casa Verde Pediatrics, Inc. Blog

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