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Should I use a timer or schedule for potty breaks during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I am currently in the process of potty training my 2-year-old daughter and I am wondering what the best approach is for scheduling potty breaks. Should I use a timer or create a schedule for potty breaks?

I have tried using a timer, but sometimes my daughter doesn't need to go when the timer goes off and other times she needs to go before the timer goes off. I also worry that if I am too reliant on the timer, my daughter won't learn to recognize her own body's signals.

On the other hand, creating a set schedule for potty breaks seems like it could work well, but I'm worried that it might be too rigid and not allow for flexibility if my daughter needs to go at a different time.

I would love to hear from other parents who have gone through potty training and how they approached scheduling potty breaks. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello everyone,

I have successfully potty trained three children and I can say that scheduling potty breaks worked best for us. The key to successful potty training in our case was to create a routine and stick to it. We scheduled toilet breaks around our daily activities which meant that the children knew what was expected of them.

Initially, we took our children to the bathroom every hour or so, slowly increasing the intervals between potty breaks. We only started decreasing the frequency of potty breaks when we noticed that our children were beginning to take control of their bladder and bowel movements.

As the children got more confident, we gave them a heads up when it was getting close to the next scheduled potty break. This gave them the opportunity to finish playing a game or wrap up any activities they were engaged in.

I found that using scheduled potty breaks saved us time and also reduced the stress associated with potty training. It was also helpful to ensure that all caregivers and family members were informed of the schedule, so that the routine could be maintained.

In conclusion, I think the choice between using a timer or scheduling potty breaks depends on your family's needs and your child's temperament. However, scheduling worked best for us. Remember that every child is different and it may take some trial and error to find the best approach for your family.


Hello everyone,

Firstly, I would like to say that I think both using a timer and scheduling potty breaks can be effective methods for potty training. However, I found that initially using a timer and gradually moving towards a flexible schedule worked best for my son.

When we first started potty training, I set the timer for every 30 minutes, which helped remind my son to go to the bathroom regularly. We would sit on the potty for a few minutes, whether he needed to go or not, in order to create a habit and routine.

After a few days, I noticed that he was starting to recognize the feeling of needing to go and was able to communicate it to me. At that point, I transitioned to a more flexible schedule and would ask him if he needed to go periodically throughout the day, instead of relying on the timer. I found that this approach allowed my son to develop his own awareness of when he needed to use the bathroom, while still providing structure.

Ultimately, I think the key to successful potty training is to be patient and adaptable, and to find what works best for your child. Every child is different, so it's important to be flexible and willing to try different approaches until you find what works best for your family.


As a parent who has gone through potty training, I would recommend using a combination of both a timer and a flexible schedule for potty breaks. When I was potty training my son, I found that setting a timer for every 30 minutes helped remind him to go to the bathroom and also kept me on track with staying consistent.

It's important to also be flexible with the schedule, especially if your child is showing signs that they need to go before the scheduled time. It's also important to not rely too heavily on the timer and pay attention to your child's signals and behavior.

I would also recommend gradually increasing the time between potty breaks as your child becomes more comfortable and confident with using the toilet. In the beginning, it's better to err on the side of caution and take your child to the bathroom more frequently.

Ultimately, every child is different and what works for one may not work for another. It's important to be patient, consistent, and adaptable during the potty training process.


Hi, I am sharing my personal experience regarding this question on potty training. I found scheduling potty breaks more effective rather than using a timer. When I was training my daughter, we had fixed times like - as soon as she wakes up, after meals and snacks, and before going to bed. This helped her to develop a routine and recognize the specific times when she should go to the bathroom.

Apart from regular potty breaks, she was free to go to the bathroom whenever she needed to. This helped her to develop the sense of control and independence. Also, I think that sticking to the fixed plan helped me to be more relaxed, organized and reduced the stress for both of us during the training period.

But there are certain factors to consider - every child is different, so it is important to be patient and observe your child's body language and behavior. As a parent, you will know when your child is ready for the regular potty breaks.

In my opinion, having a balanced approach is the key. You can try out different methods and see what works for you and your child. Potty training can be a challenging time, but with patience and perseverance, you can make it through successfully.

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