Training Tip: Make a Sound When Potty Duck Pees

By Fred Longenecker
on June 05, 2020

When the rubber duck pees, make the sound "pssssss," then repeat it when your child is on the potty to help make the connection

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My Child Refuses to Sit on the Potty!

By Shelly Mann, MD
on October 21, 2018

My child refuses to sit on the potty. Can Potty Duck help with that? How?

I often get asked about children who refuse to sit on the potty. Because potty training is different for each child, my answer varies according to why you think the child is refusing. 

  • Are they fearful?

  • Are they too busy to want to stop their play?

  • Has a power struggle started between the parent and the child?

If your child is fearful, playing with Potty Duck can demystify the toilet and help relieve the child’s fears. Laughter and play with the toy is great, simple exposure therapy.  

If your child is too busy to stop their play, I would recommend incorporating potty routines into your daily life just as you have eating and sleeping routines. Potty when they wake, potty after nap, potty before the tub. etc. However, never force a child to sit!  This works best with a younger child just starting potty training.

If a power struggle has ensued (usually an older child), I would recommend backing off the pressure while allowing the child to continue to play with the toy as a way to keep the potty conversation going. Often by taking a couple weeks break the child is more willing to try again.  During this time I recommend frequent diaper changes to help them choose going potty is simpler than stopping their play for the diaper change!



3 steps to potty training: A gradual approach that makes it easier

By Shelly Mann, MD
on August 01, 2018

Follow this step-by-step approach to potty training: 1. Ready  2. Prepare  3. Practice.

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10 steps to ready your child for potty training

By Shelly Mann, MD
on March 28, 2018

Here are 10 steps to get ready to potty train: 1. Teach your child the vocabulary - pee, poop, potty. 2. Point out when an animal is peeing or pooping. 3. Clarify...

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When to potty train? It's different for each child

By Shelly Mann, MD
on February 14, 2018

There is no one physiologically “correct” timetable for potty training (Brazelton, et. al., 1999). So whether your child is under 1 year, 12-24 months, or over age 2, don't worry. The real key to success is... Read the full blog...

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Potty training readiness, 5 signs to watch for

By Shelly Mann, MD
on January 31, 2018

Watch for some of the 5 signs of potty training readiness: 1. Your child likes to sit in a potty chair, is cooperative, and can follow instructions. 2. Your child can walk, sit, and get on and off the potty chair...Read the full blog below.

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Potty training: Top 10 must-haves

By Shelly Mann, MD
on January 10, 2018

Potty training plans start with patience and consistency.  Parents should pay attention to their child's cues and lead the learning process.

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