3 More Simple Potty Training Tips

parent support potty trainingMost parents trying to potty train their child will have read every ‘how-to guide’ on the internet. However, most of these are basic, step-by-step guides on how to potty train. They don’t contain any helpful hints; they just drone on tonelessly about the exact angle at which to place your child on the toilet seat. So, if you’re in need of some tips and pointers, look no further; this is the place for you.

Musical Chairs

How many of you made up songs when you were younger? A lot. A lot of adults listen to music when they’re trying to revise for exams and, when you’re a toddler, it’s not much different. True, your toddler might not respond well to Vivaldi’s Four Season’s but the same principals apply. Potty training needs to be fun and engaging for your toddler so, why not make up your own potty training song? It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece; just set it to the tune of the Dora the Explorer theme, or any other program that they watch and enjoy. Once they’ve finished using the potty, sing another song, reiterating what they’ve done. That way, they’ll know that what they’ve done is good and what they should do in the future.

Toilet Time is Fun

You need to make potty training fun. If it’s boring, your child will probably take longer to train than those who make it interesting. You could try dying the toilet water with red or blue food coloring. Most toddlers are delighted by the fact that they know that they’ve caused it to change from red to orange or blue to green. I know most parents probably won’t understand their excitement, but hey, if it helps, why not?

You can also try putting shaving foam in the toilet. Every time your child uses the toilet, you give them marks based on accuracy. When they need to do a poo, you pretend that they’re sending the torpedoes in to finish the job. Although this may not be as effective when potty training girls, it is especially effective with boys. Come on, how many boys don’t like playing war games when they’re little?

Toddlers and Toys

Toddlers respond well to toys and potty training sticker charts. If you have a little girl, you could put some toys in a sparkly bag and allow her to choose one each time she uses the potty correctly. Most boys don’t respond well to sparkly bags so, if you have a boy, you could draw a racetrack on the wall. Each time your child uses the toilet, or potty, correctly, they can put a sticker on the wall and, once the racetrack is full, they can have a small gift. By giving your toddler rewards each time they use the potty, you’re reinforcing that what they’re doing is good. It also helps them to associate using the potty with getting nice things like presents.

So, go forth with your fun potty training activities and reap the rewards.

When to Start Potty Training Girls

What Age Should I Start Potty Training My Daughter?

Are you wondering at which age you should begin introducing a consistent toilet training method to your little one? In last month’s newsletter, we asked that exact question to all 10,000+ of our newsletter subscribers, and the replies were pretty consistent to the previous year’s poll.

58% of our survey responses stated that most moms choose to start their potty training between 20 months and 2 years.

Our own testing panel also agreed that 2 years old (24 months) is a reasonable age for a child to begin a toilet training process.

Most parents who start potty training around 2 years of age find it cleaner, easier and more supportive of the independence and autonomous development of the child. More than half of the mothers in our volunteer focus group chose to begin the Start Potty Training Method on their child’s 2nd birthday, and had successful results.

Some parents begin potty-training later than 2 years old, but often times find their child is old enough to adamantly defy them or use the potty to get their own way. I usually recommend that new parents start to at least mention and introduce the concept of proper toilet use by 12 months so that when the time comes, the child is aware of the concept and expectations. This tends to help the child feel more comfortable with the entire process.

Girls tend to show an earlier interest in potty training, with some parents starting as early as 15 months. It’s important to understand these potty training signals to see if your toddler is ready to begin.  My own daughter started showing signs around 20 months. The transition from diapers to underwear will be much smoother if you react to a child’s awareness, rather than be fixed on a specific age.

Remember, potty training is more than just removing diapers and offering some directions to the child. It’s a supportive, encouraging and exciting time for both child and parent. This training is a chance to build communication with your child and raise the level of trust in each other.



Brenda Johnson is a mother of twin girls and an international life coach.  As an early-years Montessori consultant, her experience in toddler behavior and cognitive development has earned her mentions and praise in educational literature throughout the US and UK.

What is the Average Age of Potty Training?

At What Age Should I Start Potty Training My Child?

average age potty train

On average, the average potty training age in the United States is 24 months. 
In comparison, in the 1950’s most children were potty trained by 18 months.

So why are parents waiting longer to toilet train their children?
This video explains more.

Most parents believe that the older a child is, the more they are able to comprehend a potty training routine and therefore increase the chances of it being successful.  While that is somewhat true, it doesn’t take into consideration that the longer a child is not potty trained, the harder it is to introduce and implement a potty training system. Some parents I speak to are waiting until the age of 4 to even start introducing a toilet use concept! That’s crazy!

About 90% of the mothers in our volunteer focus group began potty training at around 20 months and felt that was an appropriate age for most children.  Because of the amount of success I’ve seen in children at that age, I personally recommend the 20 month age to all new volunteers.  My goal is to gradually begin reversing the trend of parents waiting until age 3+ to start a potty program by showing documented proof that earlier is better.

Especially if you’re using a 3-day potty training method.