Potty Training Successes

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Potty training a toddler can take weeks, even months. Dealing with accidents and regression can sometimes be demoralizing for parents. You may wonder if your toddler will ever fully catch on. It’s easy to feel like your toddler isn’t progressing when s/he is still having accidents. The truth is, your toddler has probably already come a long way! You just have to step back for a moment (you know, after you clean up the latest accident) to see how far your little one has come. Take a look at these lists of toilet training successes to see how many successes your little one has already accomplished. Then, come back in a week or two and see what new successes your toddler has achieved. Noticing the progress made (no matter how slowly) can really help you stay positive while toilet training your toddler!

Early Toilet Training Successes:

  • Toddler notices after he/she pees or poos
  • Toddler is interested in the potty
  • Toddler understands the purpose of the potty
  • Toddler is willing to sit on the potty for a little bit
  • Toddler can pull pants up and/or down
  • Toddler is sometimes willing to sit on the potty until pee or poo comes out

Middle of Toilet Training Successes:

  • Toddler notices he/she is peeing or pooping while he/she is peeing and pooping and not just afterwards.
  • Toddler can make himself/herself pee or poop on the potty, rather than just sitting and waiting until something happens.
  • Toddler successfully pees in the potty when taken regularly by an adult.
  • Toddler successfully poops in the potty when taken by an adult.

End of Toilet Training Successes:

  • Toddler notices he/she needs to pee or poop before peeing or pooping.
  • Toddler prefers to be clean and dry, and does not like having accidents.
  • Toddler will tell adult when he/she needs to go pee on the potty or will go unassisted.
  • Toddler will tell adult when he/she needs to go poop on the potty or will go unassisted.
  • Toddler will go to the restroom at a store, restaurant, or other public place.
  • Toddler will remember to use the bathroom even when distracted by playing, watching TV, or a change in schedule.

Toilet training can be a long process, but seeing all the progress your toddler has made can help you keep a positive attitude as your toddler continues to master all the skills involved.

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