Potty Training Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Elimination Communication

    Elimination Communication

    What is infant potty training?

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  • Potty Training 101

    Potty Training 101

    My daughter was finally potty trained at 2.5 years old and it was a long, drawn out process. I tried everything and even swore I would NEVER do the M & M candy bribery but I gave into sugar! That didn’t even work.

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  • Poop Problems: The Chicken or The Egg

    Poop Problems: The Chicken or The Egg

    When young children refuse to poop on the potty, they have often fallen in to what I call the D-D-D cycle, for Discomfort > Dread > Delay. They might enter the cycle from any point, perhaps from waiting to poop because they don’t want to interrupt playing, or perhaps from fear of the potty itself. […]

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  • Better Late Than Early?

    Better Late Than Early?

    When is the best age to start toilet learning in children? A study published in the April 2003 issue of Pediatrics reports that starting intensive toilet training before 27 monthsdid nothing to hasten the time that toilet learning was completed – all it did was to lengthen the months of toilet learning. Intensive toilet training […]

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    Potty Struggles

    My 4-year-old daughter will not, in any way shape or form, poop on the potty. She will hold it as long as she has to and will only go in a diaper. Her poops are soft. Is it defiance?…

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  • Night Terrors

    Night Terrors: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Confusional arousal; Partial arousal state; Sleep terrors Introduction to night terrors: Your little angel wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, calling for his mommy – but his mommy is right there, unrecognized. You try to comfort him, but he shrieks even louder, eyes bulging. He might be having a night […]

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  • Constipation

    Constipation: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to constipation: As long as your child is in diapers, every single bowel movement will be right there for you to see when her diaper is changed. During the diaper years, the stools undergo several changes. The first bowel movements are the thick, sticky, tarry meconium stools formed while the baby is still inside […]

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  • Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

    Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

    My youngest son was having a confusional arousal, and his mother observed that these events are most common at the same ages that children are becoming aware of the bladder feeling full during sleep. Perhaps these kids just need to go to the bathroom.

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  • How and When do I Potty Train?

    How and When do I Potty Train?

    Dr. Greene, how and at what age do you start potty training? I have heard so many different ages. My son is two next week. Thanks, Dr. Greene! Just trying to do this right.
    Kathy Mills – Salt Lake City,…

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  • Learning to Poop in the Potty

    Learning to Poop in the Potty

    Dr. Greene, my four-year-old son has a history of withholding bowel movements. He’s trained for urine just fine but refuses to poop in the potty or toilet unless under extreme duress, and after a few weeks of trying, we’ve…

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