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Start now, but don't expect miracles. Talk to the preschool staff about whether you can send your child in disposable underpants. Many schools are amenable to the idea as long as they know you're working on toilet-teaching. And your daughter may be more eager to use the potty once she sees her classmates using it. --Donna Christiano
Copyright 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2003 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009
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