Potty Training Toddlers

Classic Egg Timer Method

Potty training toddlers with the Timer Method requires effort, just how much effort - depends on your toddler. The element of this toddler potty training that really defines it is setting a timer to ring at specific intervals signaling potty time.

Using a potty training watch is a great option to encourage independence and get your child involved in the logistics of potty training. The ones that sell for about 10 dollars – “Potty Watch” and “Pull-Ups Potty Timer” have received parent complaints about how difficult they are to set and their poor quality. Expect to pay at least 30 dollars for a good quality potty training watch that will get your little one excited about the new gadget and potty training. Alternatively, an egg timer or a kid’s watch with a timer will do the trick just as well.

If you are looking for potty training kits and would like a more complete toilet trainer product then the potty monkey is congruent with this method. In addition to a talking and flushing monkey it has a 30 to 90 minute timer, books for both parent and child and gets a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Pro's & Con's Of The Potty Timer Method

Pro's Con’s

  • Can be very effective
  • Focuses your toddler on using potty regularly
  • Habit forming

Con’s

  • Takes effort
  • Can be messy if you decide not to use training pants.


While potty training toddlers with this method you can use potty training pants to get your little one to practice pulling them up and down. At the same time this protects your carpets and furniture from potty training accidents. Letting your LO go naked from the waist down is also an option so that they don't get tangled in their clothes when trying to go potty. Another possibility is letting them wear underwear.

How To Potty Train With Timer

Potty Training Toddlers – Day 1 through 7.

  • Once you child wakes put them on the potty and then either let them roam half naked, in underwear or training pants.
  • What ever happens on the potty set a timer for 30 minutes.
  • Whenever the timer goes off, you, or whoever your toddler is left in the care of, should take the child to use the potty.
  • Have your toddler sit on the potty about 3 to 5 minutes.

If you have a potty training success bump the interval to 45 minutes and then set the timer for 60 or 90 minute intervals after consecutive going potty success.

If nothing happens, set the timer for an additional 30 minutes and then try again.
Experiment with setting the timer to different intervals, as the training progresses.

Once your little one stays dry for 2 hours the training gets much less intense and sustainable. Eventually, your young one will get used to potty training routines and start using the bathroom when the urge hits.

While the timer method can extend to as many as seven to fourteen days know when to call it quits if it does not work for your toddler. If after two days your timer is still set to 30 minutes and you are seeing little or no success – take a potty training pause or try a different method.

Potty Training Toddlers and Modeling

Another element to toddler potty training is leading by example. Allowing your child to see you use the toilet whenever you want to pee is a great way to invoke their self-training abilities. Its best mommies model for daughters and daddies model for sons. Remember that children learn from example and will likely adapt what they see you doing.

Potty Training Toddlers & Rewards

Show your toddler that mommy and daddy are much more excited - and happier - when they use the potty as opposed to diaper. Feel free to lavish your little darling with rewards or affection whenever your toddler is successful at using potty. Over time, the skills will be developed and you can then move towards extending the potty intervals.

Toddler potty training is much easier if you do some reading and select a potty training method that suits both you and your little one. As challenging as some of the phases may be, helping your child through developmental milestones is something that every parent should embrace.

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