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Need some advice when things aren’t going as expected? Want to share a potty training tip with other parents? This is the place to be! Choose from the four categories below and find all you need to know.

  • Potty Trainer to Moms Like Me – Even Celebrity Moms

    Potty Trainer to Moms Like Me – Even Celebrity Moms

    Meet the Celebrity “Potty Training Whisperer,” Jen Singer. She has been an official Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner for years and can give anyone the scoop on potty training. Here she tells her story about giving potty training advice to celebrity mom Melissa Joan Hart.

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  • Potty Training for Working Parents

    Potty Training for Working Parents

    Every family experiences potty training highs and lows, but it can be especially challenging for parents that work outside the home. Whether parents are working full-time or part-time, most can’t be with their child every time they need to use the bathroom. Check out the following tips to help you and your child prepare for potty training, even while you work.

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  • Daycare Provider Inside Secrets: The Scoop from Seasoned Professionals

    Daycare Provider Inside Secrets: The Scoop from Seasoned Professionals

    Planning your child’s potty training schedule can be a tricky task. But consistency, patience and open communication between parents and daycare providers can lead to a more successful training routine. Here we have real-life accounts of parents and child-care providers working together to create seamless training schedules.

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  • Dads and Potty Training

    Dads and Potty Training

    Dads can be particularly apprehensive about the potty training experience, and they can end up taking a secondary role to mom. But it doesn’t need to be that way. On the contrary, there are many reasons why dads should be excited and eager to enter into the potty training process with their child, and take a leading role.

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  • Potty Training as a Team

    Potty Training as a Team

    The proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” holds true when potty training your toddler. The process can be easier and more fun when you involve everyone from siblings to grandparents to daycare providers in addition to mom and dad. Here, our Training Partners offer their top tips for getting everyone on board for a potty training team victory.

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Potty Training for Working Parents

Potty Training for Working Parents

Every family experiences potty training highs and lows, but it can be especially challenging for parents that work outside the home. Whether parents are working full-time or part-time, most can’t be with their child every time they need to use the bathroom. Check out the following tips to help you and your child prepare for potty training, even while you work.

Be on the Same Potty Training Page

“The most important part of potty training for parents who work is to use communication, cooperation, collaboration and consideration as you work with your child’s caregiver,” advises Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner Jan Faull, M.Ed.

If your childcare provider initiates the training, or if your child shows interest when in their care, go along with their suggestions and approach. Be sure to discuss the potty training process and technique with your childcare provider to ensure you are on the same page, that way there won’t be any surprises when it is just the two of you.

“Be open with and listen to your provider, he or she has likely taught many children to use the toilet. Their expertise will guide you. After all, if this is your first child, potty training may be one extra stress you’re not eager to take on. A person such as your child’s caregiver can offer you support as you guide your child to use the toilet at home,” advises Faull.

Communication is Key

As your child works toward using the toilet, talk each day about his or her successes and setbacks with your child care provider so the potty training approach remains consistent. If you don’t have a chance to discuss face-to-face, create a daily potty log book both you and the caregiver can enter information in. This way, you can each see the success or setback and how it was handled or rewarded, as well as track time spent trying.

“Talking about a child is a form of attention and reinforces their behavior. Therefore, talk up potty training triumphs, but when it comes to challenges or stumbling blocks, discuss these over the phone when the child is not in ear shot,” says Faull.

And, “If your child is using the potty with the caregiver and not at home, remember that it isn’t a competition. Don’t feel like you are doing something wrong. Stick to the plan and the child will get it at home soon, too,” advises Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner Laura Bennett-Murphy, Ph.D.

Be Considerate of Your Potty Training Helper

Keep in mind that potty training can be frustrating for child care providers, especially ones that care for multiple or multi-aged children, so be understanding and considerate of the potty training troubles they face.

If your child has lots of accidents in the child care setting, be sure to provide extra Pull-Ups® training pants. Or when your child goes from Pull-Ups® training pants to underwear, it’s a good idea to pack extra underpants and clothes as well just in case; it will really be appreciated.

“In situations like this, in which there can be frequent accidents, Pull-Ups® training pants’ easy open sides become a real life-saver for the caregiver, says Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner Jan Faull, M.Ed. “Parents should also be prepared to do laundry daily,” Faull continues.

Above all else, “Make sure that you get the potty report as soon as you get home so your child knows that their accomplishment means a lot to you. Follow up with the child to give them a big ‘I’m so proud of you’ hug,” says Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner Bernie Dorsey. It will go a long way to help your potty trainer succeed and feel like a Big Kid.