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Making SENSE of
Potty Training

So How Do We Make Sense Of Potty Training? 

At One Proud Toddler, we make sense of potty training by sticking to the following principles: 

Principle I: EARLY IS BETTER
There is a "golden window" when children are physically and behaviorally ready for training (i.e. between 20-and-30 months). 

Principle II: YOU ARE THE ADULT 
We don’t rely on our toddlers to tell us when they should be going to bed, whether they're ready for school or if they should sit in a car seat—potty training shouldn't be any different.

Principle III: FOCUS AND CONSISTENCY ARE KEY 
Everyone knows practice makes perfect. We also intuitively know that focused, consistent practice makes perfect faster!

If these principles sound like common sense, then you're RIGHT!  If not, then you're welcome to go with something like the "Child-Led" Approach popularized by Dr. T Berry Brazelton (who just happened to be a paid diaper company consultant). You may end up with a kindergartner asking for diapers, but what would you expect if you placed your toddler in charge of other hugely important life lessons.

If our approach sounds reasonable, then we'd encourage you to read our FREE informational guides below. We wrote them because we actually care and want to spread the word.  Enjoy!

OUR MUST READS

POTTY TRAINING EXPLAINED

The Potty Proud Approach

Read our comprehensive, step-by-step guide to teaching your child the foundations of potty training in three days. We explain the not-so-common sense details and also set out a "course correction" to make sure busy parents are able to keep things on track.

The Daycare (or Preschool) Handoff

Potty training at home is only half the battle if you'll be handing your child over to daycare or preschool. In this post we explain the wide range of potty training policies you might encounter and provide an "easy peasy" 3-step guide to getting the "handoff" right!

Making Sense of Different Potty Training Methods

Potty training looks complicated, with a seemingly endless number of training approaches out there. The truth, however, is that these can be broken down into six easy-to-understand categories. Find out why choosing the right approach is surprisingly easy.

Signs Your Child Is Ready to Potty Train

The "pro's" break things down into three types of readiness: physical, cognitive and psychological. The secret: your child is ready for potty training if he or she knows “somethings going on down there” when something is in fact “going on down there.”

Why Early Potty Training is Better Potty Training

There are a TON of reasons to start potty training early rather than later. One that is often overlooked, however, is that potty training children under 30 months is MUCH, MUCH easier than potty training children over 30 months.  Find out the science behind early is better.

Our Top 10 'Must Know' Potty Training Tips

Whether you've already started training or it's just over the horizon, check out our top 10 potty training tips. Good things to know regardless of the potty training approach you take, with one itsy bitsy exception (i.e. don't do 'child led'). 

Why Potty Chairs ROCK!

There are a number of reasons why we say 'YES' to potty chairs (especially for 'newbie' potty learners)! They're approachable, safe, great for promoting independence and awesome teaching tools. Read this post to get the full scoop.

Why Travel Potty Seats Are GRREAT!

Potty training at home isn't actually all that hard. Continuing training while outside the home is a whole different story. Find out why travel potty seats are the key to cracking the potty training code.

Features To Look For In A Potty Seat

There's a lot more to the humble potty seat than initially meets the eye. Here's the inside scoop on what makes a great potty seat AND what features you should avoid.

The Potty Training 'Reboot'

While we're generally not huge fans of stopping the potty training process, there are situations when a training 'reboot' is necessary. Read more to learn when a break may be a good idea and how to go about taking one.

Fun Toddler Activities for Home

With schools around the country closed and public health authorities recommending that people shelter in place at home, many of us are suddenly spending A LOT of time with our toddlers. Check out our tips for finding the silver lining in these trying times and for keeping everyone sane.

Great Toddler Teaching Techniques

There is never any better time than the present to proactively focus on teaching your toddler new concepts and life skills. Check out some of our favorite toddler teaching techniques and why we feel they are so effective.

The Right Way To Read To Your Toddler

We all know that reading to our toddlers is good for their development. What many of us parent's don't know, however, is exactly how profound and tangible those benefits can be. Find out why a little additional effort on your part can translate into huge benefits for your child. 

The Potty Proud Approach

Read our comprehensive, step-by-step guide to teaching your child the foundations of potty training in three days. We explain the not-so-common sense details and also set out a "course correction" to make sure busy parents are able to keep things on track.

The Daycare (or Preschool) Handoff

Potty training at home is only half the battle if you'll be handing your child over to daycare or preschool. In this post we explain the wide range of potty training policies you might encounter and provide an "easy peasy" 3-step guide to getting the "handoff" right!

Making Sense of Different Potty Training Methods

Potty training looks complicated, with a seemingly endless number of training approaches out there. The truth, however, is that these can be broken down into six easy-to-understand categories. Find out why choosing the right approach is surprisingly easy.

Signs Your Child Is Ready to Potty Training

The "pro's" break things down into three types of readiness: physical, cognitive and phycological. The secret: your child is ready for potty training if he or she knows “somethings going on down there” when something is in fact “going on down there.”

Why Early Potty Training is Better Potty Training

There are a TON of reasons to start potty training early rather than later. One that is often overlooked, however, is that potty training children under 30 months is MUCH, MUCH easier than potty training children over 30 months.  Find out the science behind early is better.

Huh....??

Interesting Potty Training Facts

  • In the 1950's more than 90% of children were potty trained by 18 months of age. 
  • In a 2019 study, French researchers found approximately 60 potentially harmful chemicals in a test of 23 popular diaper samples, some of which are BANNED in the European Union and/or present in concentrations that exceed health thresholds.
  • Approximately 90-95% of American babies use 27.4 billion single-use, plastic diapers every year.
  • The ubiquitous "Child-Led" training approach introduced in the 1960's and 1970's was developed by a world famous pediatrician who just happened to be a PAID diaper company consultant.
  • Diapers cost an estimated $500-to-$800 per year. 
  • Parents spend an estimated 9 hours EVERY WEEK changing diapers and performing changing-related activities. 
  • Diaper contents are supposed to be EMPTIED into the toilet prior to disposal.
  • Every single year over 250,000 trees are destroyed and over 3.4 billion gallons of oil are used to manufacture disposable diapers in the United States.
  • It's estimated that disposable diapers take as long as 500 years to decompose.
  • Baby wipes are approximately 80% polyester and almost as bad for the planet as diapers, taking hundreds of years to decompose while introducing plastics into the environment.