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20 Best-Ever Potty Training Tips

Trust us -- we know these top tips work! We tapped the experts -- Parents.com readers, who swear by each and every one.
Child with toilet paper Patience Is a Virtue


When I thought my daughter was ready (around 26 months), we went to the toilet every 10 minutes -- even if we were out. We slowly worked up to 15 minutes, 20 minutes, etc., and after a day or two, she could pee on her own. Poop was a different story -- I had to goad her with M&M's!
-- Elissa Murnick; Fairfield, Connecticut

My son mastered peeing on the potty pretty quickly, but nailing #2 took some extra effort. At first we had to watch for his "cues" to tell he was trying to go poop and then bring him to the bathroom. Because it took a while (sometimes more than a half-hour) we started reading to him to make the wait more fun. But above all else, patience, patience, patience is the key!
-- Karen J. Wright; Mankato, Minnesota