Step-by-Step With Potty Training (Video)

When to look for potty training milestones

stack of unused diapers on a blue towel

When can you expect certain milestones during potty training? Here’s a quick guide I give parents.

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  • Children will learn to urinate on the toilet first, but they still need diapers in between bathroom trips.
  • Bowel movements are scary and sometimes associated with pain. It may take longer for kids to become comfortable having regular bowel movements on the toilet.
  • The next milestone is staying dry all day long, which can take a few weeks to a few months. Staying dry at night can take several months to a few years.

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Deb Lonzer, MD

Deb Lonzer, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community Pediatrics for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
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