Potty training is a big step for you and your child.  When you are ready to make the commitment to start potty training, you will want to have the right tools and tips.


You want to make sure that your child is ready for potty training, and is showing signs that it is a good time to start.

You also want to make sure that the timing is right for starting potty training.  Don’t try to start a potty training routine when you can’t be consistent, or when your child is dealing with other big changes.  For example, don’t start right when you are having another baby, during a big move, or at the same time you are transitioning out of the crib.  You may also want to be aware of any big road trips or other travel, because those are often difficult times to manage potty training as well.

Be prepared with things like a good supply of pull ups, a good potty seat, waterproof bed pads, and so on.

Be patient

Potty training usually requires a fair amount of patience.  Don’t expect to see immediate results, and it can take some time to get to a point where your child is using the bathroom regularly, and even then, there can be regression.  Children are different as well, so take into account that everyone goes at their own pace.   You may also want to check out this resource for learning about autism potty training at SafeSleepSystems.com.

Understand that setbacks are normal

Setbacks are a normal part of the process.  Be prepared to have to help your child through harder times, and that accidents can happen well underway the training process.

Motivate and reward

You never want to make your child sad or shame them if they have an accident.  However, motivations, praise, and rewards are always a good part of the process.  We used a lot of different approaches, from reward charts to food rewards.


Potty training is a lot of work, but stick with it!