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Potty Training for Tough Learners

Mommy's Lil Helper: Potty University

Potty training is a daunting experience for toddlers and parents alike. Mom and Dad are anxious to get their tots out of diapers and the wee ones can't decide if they are about to pee pee or have already done the deed.

To see what some desperate parents are doing,


While many children start to shows signs of potty readiness by 18–24 months, not every kiddo falls in that category. For those that aren't quite into the bathroom antics, parents can send their lil ones to a six-week program at Children's Hospital in Boston or others like it around the country. At potty school, pediatric nurse practitioner Kimberly Dunn uses books, music, and art to encourage potty usage. It often turns out that many tots are hindered by medical conditions or fear of using the toilet.

Potty U program graduates walk out sans diapers. Hip, hip, her Hanes! Hip, hip, his Hanes!

If you couldn't get your child in cotton undies by age four, would you consider enrolling him in potty classes?


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LaPerla2 LaPerla2 9 years
by four years, I'd probably seek advice from a professional, esp because it may get in the way of them enrolling in kindergarden or preschool.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
I tried all of the methods recommended and waited for my son to "show interest." My mom told me the only way to potty train a child was to wake up and say "today you are using the potty." After months of trying the slow, gentle way, I used my mom's method and in 2 days my son was in underwear. I did hate having to call her and tell her she was right :) but I am getting used to it.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
I don't know that I would go so far as a 'potty university' if my children end up being tough to pottytrain, but I would definitely schedule a doctors appointment to get some tips and advice if my child wasn't showing any interest in potty training by age 4.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Sorry but I hardly think that if your child isn't ready by 24 months he/she is likely "hindered by a medical problem". Or four years old for that matter. I found potty training to be really frustrating sometimes (okay, most of the time), but it's just like learning any other skill... walking, riding a tricycle, etc. It's just part of the job! So my answer is no, I would never send my child to potty camp.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
If my daughter wasn't trained by age 4, then yes, potty university it is! However, my daughter is 22 months and we're working with her. Now she goes right before taking a bath. I try to get her right when she wakes up in the morning, but so far all I get is a crying baby...
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
My boys just turned 3...and let me just say that they so far have little to no interest in going on the potty. They like the potty...its fun to flush and they will even sit on it once in awhile but they just have no real interest in learning to go there all the time. I am getting a lot of flack from everyone about why they arent potty trained at 3. Its hard to do with two of them because i always have to keep an eye on the other one while one sits on the potty. They are also in daycare all day, so i am trying to get my daycare provider to work with them. So far its been difficult. I'm very frustrated about it. *sigh*
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Those little toilets you have to empty freak me out.
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