Potty Training (cont.)
Tips for successful toilet training
- Keep a positive attitude and let that reflect in your interaction with
your child during this process.
- Keep the child in loose-fitting clothing that is simple to remove.
- Keep an extra set of clothing (especially pants) in the car
at all times. Accidents will happen. Follow the Boy Scout motto: "Be prepared."
- Teach boys to urinate in a seated position. Many parents will reserve the
standing position following successful bowel movements in the toilet.
bowel movement expulsion an easy task by keeping stools soft by encouraging high-fiber foods and watching for excessive foods that lead to constipation (such as
excessive milk/dairy products, large amounts of bananas, large amounts of
- If your child looses interest or resists toilet training, stop and
drop back to diapers for a few weeks.
Where can parents find more information about toilet training?
Toilet Training: The Brazelton Way by T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Joshua
D. Sparrow, MD
The American Academy of Pediatrics' Guide to Toilet Training (available at http://www.AAP.org)
The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training
Children With Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders by Judith A. Coucouvanis
Last Editorial Review: 3/10/2010 10:12:51 AM
- Toilet training is a natural function that requires biological maturation
coupled with a child's desire to master controlling urination and bowel
- Cultures have various expectations regarding when to start toilet
training and when a child should be expected to be toilet trained.
and accidents are a normal part of the toilet training experience. Punishment
should not be used during the process of toilet training.
- Nighttime dryness
is not a "willed" behavior, as such a young child cannot be trained to be dry at
- A pediatrician should be consulted for children who develop a pattern
of resisting bowel movements or the development of daytime wetting or nighttime
wetting if he has been continuously dry for more than six months.