How To Potty Train Your Toddler? The Five Potty Training Methods

By: Narmin Parpia

There are many different ways to potty train your toddler. Based on my research and understanding, I break them down into the following five categories:

  1. Infant Potty Training
  2. It's potty time!! - practice until you get it right
  3. The Potty Training in One Day Method
  4. He will go potty when the time is right
  5. The Naked & $75 method

The Infant Potty Training Method:

Promotes parent child bondingTime consuming; nearly impossible for working mothers
Start early, finish earlyHave to stay on top of it and stick with it until child can potty independently
Wetting and soiling are not likely to become entrenched habitsAccidents and accident clean up
Limited use of diapers results in:
  • Cost effective
  • Prevents diaper rash
  • Better for the environment
  • More hygienic

It's potty time!! -Practice until you get it right potty training method:

This method can easily fit into a today's family's busy schedulesSticking to the structure and schedule until the toddler is potty trained
With some planning, some structure can be created around the practice sessions i.e. in the morning and in the eveningCould take anywhere from a weekend to a few months depending on the child's maturity level, temperament and readiness
Is done gradually over timeMay not learn to initiate him/herself, because parent always initiates
Very limited accidents, if anyKeeping the curios toddler interested long enough to sit on the potty and relax, so s/he is able to eliminate

The Potty Training in One Day Method:

Based on two simple concepts:

  1. Best way to learn something is to teach it.
    • Use a potty training doll to model the appropriate potty training behavior for your child
  2. Behavior is shaped by consequence
    • Use consequences for action - logical and natural.
Quick - can be done in less than one day to a maximum of 2 weeksTakes planning and preparation
Is a structured methodIs a structured method
Tools are now availableRequires follow through by parents
Made popular by Dr. PhilMade to look easier than it is

He will go potty when the time is right method:

Very easy to fit into our busy lifestyleCould take anywhere between 1-6 months or longer in many cases
Very little preparation required on the part of the parentChild may quite old before s/he is ready. The average age for potty training is going up every year
Does not require a large time commitment or consistency from parent; therefore ideal for working parentsWetting and soiling can become entrenched habits for children
Great in concept, but not working well in reality - especially in a society where we are so dependent on the disposable diaper 

The Naked & $75 method

Simple, easy and inexpensiveNot supported by experts
Quick - 3-5 daysMessy

Narmin Parpia, inventor of the Potty Scotty® and Potty Patty® potty training dolls and Potty Training in One Day: The Complete System for Girls and for Boys.  Narmin has been dispensing products, information and advice online at  Narmin's products have been featured on the Today Show, in Time Magazine, The Plain Dealer and on Mr Dad - Armin Brott talk show.

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