Medical Experts Advice on Potty Training

Nearly every medical article written on the subject of potty training suggests the importance of using some sort of timer device to help parents have better success during the toilet training years. The most common advice on potty training after checking for readiness is the importance of routine visits to the “Potty Place”.


Dr. Sears supports the concept of setting a “wee-minder” timer every two to three hours during toilet training to consistently and properly build muscle memory. His article titled, 13 TOILET-TRAINING TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START lists one of the 13 tips below:

•Set a timer to go off every two to three hours throughout the day as a reminder for your child to go potty. This way the timer becomes the cue instead of the parent.

There are a few potty training products with “wee-minder” timers the potty trainer wears like a watch to aid parents in consistent potty practice. However, most are designed only for the first few days of potty training, but muscle memory needs to be built beyond the training stage.

•Medical experts suggest a two to three hour setting necessary for consistent potty training success.

Be careful when choosing a timer because some timers can only be set as long as a 90- minute setting and that simply is not an adequate amount of time.

Dr. Sears further explains:

A physiologic aid for bowel training, called the gastrocolic reflex, may help predict when your baby will have a BM. A full stomach stimulates the colon to empty around twenty to thirty minutes after a meal. Try potty sitting after each meal until child's patience runs out. Best odds for a predictable daily BM is after breakfast. Another benefit of this daily routine is that it teaches baby to listen to his bodily urges. It's a physiologic fact that bowel signals not promptly attended to will subside, and this can lead to constipation.

Thousands of parents have had success with timed “potty sitting”. Parents set the timer or purchased “weeminder” when they begin their preparation for the breakfast meal and have found amazing success with potty training health.

More and more medical journals to date are documenting that medical experts number one advice on potty training to parents is the use of timers for successful toilet training.


Heidi Santiago

"Train a child in the way they should go, and they will not part from it."