Frequently asked questions about how to potty train a boy or a girl with Potty Duck
How do I use this toy for potty training?
Start by letting your child play with Potty Duck in the tub during bath times to begin learning the concepts of potty training and using a toilet. Using the toy as an example, teach your child the words pee, toilet, potty, and flush. Continue to teach words as your child takes over control of making the duck pee in its toy toilet.
When your child seems ready, provide a potty seat and set the duck on its potty beside your child on a real potty, so your child can imitate the toy and "go like the duck."
Helping children to learn gradually is the approach preferred by pediatricians. The relaxed bath time setting allows your child to build his or her understanding one step at a time. A developmental milestone like learning to walk, potty training is best done over time and with practice. See more training tips
How do I know when to start potty training with Potty Duck?
It is never too early to have your child begin playing and learning with Potty Duck. Starting early gives your child more time to learn gradually. For children who are very young (less than 18 months) or who are not yet ready, parents can demonstrate the toy's use for the child. For more information, see our blog, When to start potty training and signs of readiness.
Is there a concern with starting potty training too early?
While some people still believe that starting potty training early raises concerns, there is no modern scientific evidence to support that belief. In fact, today’s science indicates that waiting too long to start causes difficulties. In one study, children who waited to begin until after 32 months of age were more likely to struggle with daytime incontinence. See more at parentingscience.com.
Won’t Potty Duck just encourage children to pee in the tub?
Actually, no. Potty Duck teaches that pee belongs in a toilet. While some children have always peed in bathtubs and a few always will, Potty Duck encourages children to put pee in a toilet.
How long should a child sit on a potty seat when practicing?
Not too long. Just a few minutes or as long as they are comfortable. Never force a child to sit. If a child resists, take a break from potty training for a few weeks and resume training at a later point.
Where do I attach the toy toilet and how?
The toy toilet attaches to the inside wall of a bathtub, a sink, or a small plastic tub. To attach the toilet securely, the suction cups and the surface need to be dry. For sinks and tubs, attach just the lower suction cup of the toilet so children can still see the water flushing out from the bottom of the toilet.
Is there a difference between how to potty train a boy or a girl with Potty Duck?
Potty Duck uses the same approach for both boys and girls. Both begin learning by playing with the toy and then practice sitting on their own toilet seat when they show signs of readiness. It is widely recommended that boys start by sitting. Teaching them to stand to pee comes later.
How do I keep Potty Duck clean and free from mildew?
After each use, squeeze out as much water as you can, then let Potty Duck and its potty air-dry completely. Once a week clean the inside of the duck with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to prevent bathtub mold, then squeeze clean water into the duck to rinse. You can always order extra ducks. See cleaning instructions.
Is Potty Duck safe?
Yes. Potty Duck is BPA-free, phthalate-free, and meets or exceeds all U.S. and Canadian safety requirements for children’s toys. Potty Discovery, LLC is committed to designing, manufacturing, and distributing safe, quality products. Our production partner has been certified by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) as maintaining a safe and humane workplace. We have also partnered with Intertek, one of the world’s leading independent testing authorities, and global leader in safety and quality assurance services. Our products meet and exceed the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM). Safety Certificate available on request.
See our training tips and our Blog, or send us an email. We love to hear how families are potty training their children with Potty Duck!