Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

Potty Training

Question: My son is two years and seven month old and it has been very difficult for me to potty train him. He doesn't want to go to the potty and he asks me to put his diaper on when I tried to put him underwear. I don't know what to do. - Edith

Answer: Dear Edith,
My favorite subject............potty training! Sounds like you're ready to potty train. The question is, is your son ready?

There are quite a few signs that you could look for to determine if your child is ready to potty train. His age is just about right, but check to see if he's giving you some clues.

For example:

  • Is he waking up dry from naps?
  • Does he seem annoyed when he's wet or dirty?
  • How about hiding behind some furniture while he's "doing his thing?"

These and other signs is his way of telling you that's HE IS READY. Do you have a new baby in the house? Are there any new changes in his environment?

At this age, a child can deal well only with one major project at a time. Potty training is MAJOR!

Please understand that if he is not ready, forcing him to be trained will only cause frustration on the parents part and will cause the whole process to take even longer.

This is the age where "the world revolves around me" (Meaning your son) and if you try to change what he really wants to do, he will rebel.

If he didn't pick out his potty, take him shopping with you and have him pick out his own "BIG BOY PANTS." The more in control he is at this stage, the more easily you and your son will progress. Positive reinforcement helps. Praise him for trying!

Good luck with potty training!
Dr. Betti

Recommended Video
Let's Go Potty produced by BlueSuitMom's Pediatric expert Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.