Potty Training Advice

Flushing Out Common Potty Training Myths

From potty training horror stories to widely-quoted potty philosophies, it’s enough to overwhelm any parent. Let’s separate the fact from fiction and flush out some top myths about potty training.

Potty Training Myth 1: You Can Decide When to Start Potty Training Your Child

Most experts overwhelmingly agree that parents should start potty training when toddlers show signs of potty training readiness. There’s no set age, although most kids demonstrate physical and cognitive readiness signs sometime between 18-30 months. Let your child set the pace.

Potty Training Myth 2: You Can Potty Train Your Child in a Weekend (or 1 Day, or 1 Week)

Some parents report success with these boot camp style potty training programs, however, expecting a child to master such a big life transition in such a short time is a lot to ask. The added pressure of putting a strict time limit on completing potty training will most likely only cause more stress for you and your child. Most experts say that it takes kids about 3-6 months to truly get the hang of it.

Potty Training Myth 3: Potty Training Boys is Harder than Girls

Each child is born with a different personality and will hit developmental milestones at different times.  Gender is not a guarantee or predictor of potty training success for your child

Potty Training Myth 4: Training Pants Are All the Same

Actually, they aren’t. For training pants to work, they must be easy for kids to pull down fast and allow kids to experience the sensation of wetness when they go in them. That wetness teaches body awareness. So training pants that are basically pull-on diapers may be more convenient, but they’re less effective than fabric, feel-wet training pants.

Bottom line: Don’t believe everything you hear and read about potty training.  Take cues from your child to help you set the pace and develop a training strategy that works for both of you. 

Potty Training Myth: Parents Can Decide When a Child is Ready

Trust that your little on will give you signs that he or she is ready to start potty training. Whether they take an interest in what you're doing in the bathroom or start taking off their diaper or tell you when they're going #1 or #2, they are actually saying that they're ready! Expect a longer and more detailed post on this soon. 

Is There a Potty Training Magic Bullet?

Nope! There isn't any potty training magic bullet that will have your kiddo potty trained over night. But you can make the magic of potty training happen faster than average by being committed to helping your child succeed and following our simple philosophy. BottomZz Up doesn't claim to be a magic bullet, either. But, we are here to help you fit potty training into your busy life and get results more quickly than the average, and considerably more damaging to the earth, method. 

Top Mistakes Parents Make When Potty Training

BottomZz Up potty training mistakes

Let's face it, potty training can be stressful, messy and just plain hard. There are a million of expert tips and resources available for how to successfully potty train your child, but what about the things you shouldn’t do? Here are some common mistakes that parents make when potty training that can derail the whole process.

Starting potty training before you child is ready

The more readiness signs your child displays when you start potty training, the quicker the potty training process tends to go. Lots of families start potty training before their child is ready, leading to frustration and exasperation in both the child and the parent.

Not waiting until YOU are ready

Potty training is a time-consuming commitment, so you need all hands on deck. If you are not in a position to devote 24/7 efforts to it, don’t start. If you start and then fall back to diapers, your toddler will become confused and it will make the road to success much more prolonged.  It is better to wait until you have a period of time when life and work commitments are lighter so you can focus your attention on potty training. 


Negativity and getting mad at your child over accidents only causes them to feel shame and fear. Children will feed off of that and not want to participate in the process. Accidents happen so be prepared. 

Lack of Consistency

While it may be tempting at times to go back to diapers, consistency matters. Putting kids in underwear all day long and then putting them in a pull-up at night causes confusion. You just told them that it is ok to wet themselves because you don’t want to be inconvenienced at night. When you switch back and forth, the child loses the experience of being wet / pooped on / uncomfortable and is getting mixed messages. Same goes for inconvenient times like long road trips or family events like weddings. Once you switch to underwear, stick with it and don’t go back to diapers.


All parents want to help make potty training more fun, easier and more successful for their kids. They just get the details a little mixed up thanks to mass marketing. At BottomZz Up, we believe that by giving your child a separate mini-potty or travel potty you are confusing your child and lengthening the amount of time that it will take to completely potty train your kid. Tiny potties and travel potties mean that you will still have to transition to the big potty and to holding it until they can get to a toilet. Our advice is to get it over with in one fell swoop by investing in a stool so that they can get up and use (if necessary, a little seat that fits on) the big toilet.

Avoid these common potty training mistakes and your potty training experience will be LESS stressful and MORE successful!