The Potty Squad: Creating a Support System for Your Little One

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg

You’re not going to have to do this potty training thing on your own. Your pediatrician, daycare provider, preschool teacher, grandparents, aunts and uncles, child’s older siblings, cousins, baby sitters, and the childhood development experts at Pull-Ups® — we can all help you. You have a whole squadron of potty training helpers. 


In addition to Mom and Dad, older, already potty trained siblings and cousins can be good role models. They can show the potty trainee how they use the potty, masters that they are of the skill, and how to flush and wash hands. Just be sure to supervise when the Big Kid is helping the Little Kid to ensure safety and hygiene procedures are actually being followed, or that no one has constructed a fort out of toilet paper rolls when they are supposed to be taking a potty break.

Many of us have heard from our parents or grandparents about diapering and potty training in previous decades. Don’t get us started on those giant diaper pins … eek! So be glad you’re potty training your kid now, with our modern conveniences. Just as supplies have changed over the years, parenting advice and philosophies have also evolved. If your parents are giving you a hard time about anything, it’s okay to say, “Thanks… My pediatrician says that different methods work for different personality types of children, and we want to work with his personality.”

You’ll also want to be in sync with your daycare or preschool, so find out how they work with potty training kiddos. If possible, keep the routine consistent between home and school. Preschools and daycare centers have a lot of experience with and tips on potty training and can be a valuable resource. You’ll want to have the following on hand at school:

We know this looks like a list for a week’s camping trip, but potty training can be a messy endeavor, and it’s so much easier on everyone to have what they need within easy cubby-reach. Don’t forget to label everything with your child’s name.

Ask your preschool teachers if they’re open to placing potty items like potty chairs, Pull-Ups, underwear, and washcloths (“wipes”) in the dramatic play area so that the children can explore the items and pretend to be the “moms and dads” helping their doll “babies” learn how to use the potty.

Want more potty-training tips and ideas for Tackling Toddlerhood Together? We've got them here.

Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed psychologist with a PsyD degree whose specialty is in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents. Dr. Heather uses social media to help the public understand the complex, but important, world of child development. She is a writer and producer at BabyShrink, and her company, BabyShrink LLC, also consults with universities and corporations to reach families with young children via social and traditional media. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four young children.

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