Tricks of Potty Training

By , September 24th, 2013 | News, Parenting, Toddler Care | 2 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

Potty training can be a very exciting and stressful time, both for the parents and the child! Most children should be developmentally ready to be fully potty trained during the day (nighttime wetting is a whole different ball game) by the age of 3 years old. The reason it happens at this age is because the child begins to realize they have some control. 

Unfortunately, it’s that realization that can turn it into a power struggle between the child and parent! Most children will start to show some signs they are ready such as letting you know when the diaper is wet or going to hide in the corner to do their business. 

This could be as early as 18 months or as late as 2 1/2 years old. I recommend taking that opportunity to start introducing the potty and get them excited about using it. The worst thing that can be done is trying to force the issue. That’s usually when the child will start resisting. 

So, make it fun and exciting and find their “currency”. What will they work for as a reward? Often stickers work, but some kids could care less about stickers so you’ve got to find what works for your child. 

If by 3 your child is still wetting during the day, I would recommend discussing this with their primary care provider.  It could be simple stubbornness but there could be some medical reason that needs to be evaluated as well. To find a doctor visit

2 comments so far

  • K.S. Brown Says: October 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for the tips. We are preparing to start potty training our 17 month old son.

    • Renown Says: October 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Glad we could help – potty training can be tricky and all kids are different. Good luck!


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