Potty Training Tips from PottyMD’s Dr. Preston Smith – WBIR Channel 10

PottyMD on Knoxville’s WBIR Channel 10 – Potty Training Do’s & Don’ts

With Abby Ham, www.wbir.com
July 18, 2017


Parenting 101: Potty Training Do’s & Don’ts from Dr. Preston Smith, pediatric urologist and potty training expert at East TN Children’s Hospital and the founder of PottyMD.  PottyMD’s potty training products are #1 sellers on Amazons and help all stressed out parents with their potty training.

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Here are 5 potty training tips from Dr. Smith:

Tip #1:  Make sure the child is ready. Look for signs. 

Tip #2: Have the right equipment. A little potty, a special seat, etc. and rewards help too!

Tip #3: Parents, introduce your child to the bathroom. 

Tip #4: Be prepared to ditch the diaper. You don’t want to send your child mixed messages. 

Tip #5: Use the method that works best for you and your family. 



Toilet Training with Potty Monkey

Toilet training is a big step for all kids (and parents)! Toilet training takes a great deal of patience and comforting from mom and dad. Boys and girls can become discouraged and lose self-esteem early on. It is important to find a method or tool that is convenient and easy to use, that helps your child feel secure.

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To help both parent and child, PottyMD created the Potty Monkey. Potty MD’s Potty Monkey is a great tool for toilet training. The Potty Monkey is a soft and cuddly stuffed animal who goes through the journey of potty training with your child. His built-in timer is a reminder when it is time to go (either 30 or 90 minutes). Potty Monkey encourages frequent bathroom visits, relaxed bathroom habits and the importance of good bladder and bowel functions.

Along with the Potty Monkey comes a book for parents and a board book for child. He brings his own flushing potty, a diaper and a pair of “big kid” underwear. Potty Monkey helps provide positive reinforcement and becomes a pal.


Potty Training

Potty training is something every parent deals with at some point. You’re not alone.

potty training, a fun way to potty trainThe good news about potty training is that it happens and is a challenge every family must tackle. The bad news is that it may not happen easily, but many approaches exist that might work best for parents and your child. There is no “best way” for every child. Do not feel forced to potty train your child in a way you or your child do not feel comfortable with. There are many “experts” that will tell you how to do it, but every child and family are different. You as the parent should approach potty training the way you feel is best.

By most experts, the best time to consider potty training ranges between the ages of 18 months to 3 years. If someone tells you to start potty training at a certain age, they are missing the point or making a general assumption that you and your child are ready. The best time to potty train is when you and your child are ready. There is no magic age or cutoff.

Choose a time and situation that is most comfortable to you and your child. Be prepared for a simple process, but do not be surprised if potty training does not come easily. In other words, every child and every family situation is different. Some kids are easy to train, and others are very hard to potty train. Pick your time to train, do not let others decide for you. Be prepared for the best and the worst as with most parenting challenges!

Check out more blog posts for tips and tricks to help you and your family on the path to tackling potty training! There are also a variety of helpful tools and products to help and encourage you and your children along the way.

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