Potty-Training Steps in a Nutshell

By Diane Stafford, Jennifer Shoquist

Part of Potty Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Potty training can be broken down into steps, just like any other learning process. The first step is to choose a weekend to devote to getting your child potty-trained, one that you and your child can spend focusing on meeting the potty-training challenge. The following very broad steps outline the four basic tasks:

  1. Have your little doll teach her little doll how to use the potty.

  2. Do hourly potty-sits throughout Potty Training Weekend.

  3. Set up a Success Chart with gold stars or fun stickers for good tries and even minor successes (tiny trickles).

  4. Switch from diapers to training pants after your toilet-trainee has racked up a few successes.