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New Study Shows Potty-Training Method Doesn’t Matter

In a recent article on, results from a recent study published in Clinical Pediatrics were shared regarding whether the method of potty-training really matters.

“Don’t get hung up on how to do it,” said lead researcher Dr. Joseph Barone, an associate professor of surgery and pediatric urologist at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. “The most important thing is that you begin the toilet training somewhere between 27 and 32 months.”

Study co-author Marc Colaco, a medical student at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explained that early toilet training with firm direction and the more child-oriented approach (when the child begins to show interest) are both effective.

“This is a debated topic over which way is best to toilet-train your child, but both lead to good outcomes,” Colaco said.

For more on the study, read the full article from HealthDay.

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Here are some other tips Barone and Peter Stavinoha, a clinical psychologist at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, offer to parents:

  • Look for signs that your child is ready – They may begin showing interest in the toilet, or are staying dry during naps.
  • Make a smaller “potty” available – If you think your toddler is ready to go, have them do some practice runs. This can help them associate the urge to go with the potty.
  • Do not make it a battle – Being confrontational will make the process more difficult and stressful for you and your child. Take a break and try again in few weeks.
  • Don’t ask “do you have to go to the potty?” – The answer will almost always be “no.”

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