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Potty Training Manual, Services & Recommended Products

Potty Training Manual: A Pelvic PT's Guide to Safe & Effective Potty Training

This comprehensive 38 page potty training manual will get you started on your potty training journey. 

What it covers:
  • What is Potty Training

  • Bladder, Bowel, & Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function

  • Bowel Movements and Constipation

  • Nutrition

  • Body Awareness & Sensory Issues

  • Preparing for Potty Training

  • Signs of Potty Training Readiness

  • Potty Training Days 1-3

  • Potty Training Daily Schedule

  • Accidents

  • Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting

  • Follow Up & Monitoring

Recommended Potty Training Products


Here is a list of some of the items that are helpful to have on-hand before potty training.  For a complete list and links to the products and books please visit my website,


FUN underwear

  • Let your child pick out some new underwear that they love and will be more motivated to wear (and keep dry).  Go shopping with them to pick some out or let them pick some out to order online.  Avoid the thick training underwear since that may soak up some of the urine and they will have less sensory awareness that they have peed.

Multiple changes of clothes

  • We are going to expect accidents, so you may just want to have them wear a shirt and underwear during the potty training days.

Cleaning supplies

  • Carpet cleaner, paper towel, mop, wipes, or whatever you use for cleaning for the accidents that will likely happen

  • Small garbage bags to use for the travel potty or floor potty for easier cleanup


Flushable wipes

  • For easier cleanup at the potty (toilet paper is also fine too!)

  • Ex: Kandoo Flushable Wipes

Floor potty

  • Ex: Summer Infant Potty, Babybjorn Potty Chair, Munchkin Arm & Hammer Multistage 3-in-1 Potty


Small toilet seat for the big toilet

  • You don’t want your child to feel like they are going to fall into the toilet, so get an attachable small toilet seat or use the ladder + toilet seat combo below

  • Ex: Munchkin Potty Seat, Munchkin Arm & Hammer Multistage 3-in-1 Potty, Babybjoyn Toilet Trainer Seat

Step stool or ladder

  • You can use the stool or ladder to the big toilet and another stool for the sink

  • Ex Ladder: Potty Training Seat with Step Stool Ladder

  • Ex 2-step stools: Jessa Leona, Parent’s Choice, Dreambaby

Travel potty

  • Ex: Cool Gear Travel Potty, OXO tot 2-in-one Go Potty, or any of the floor potties above


  • Small toys, stickers, little bubble containers, books, cars, slinkies, etc – think little party gifts or what your child might get from the treasure chest at the dentist (The dollar store would be great for these)

Successful Potty Sticker Chart

  • Hang it up in the bathroom with your child the night before

Books about their body and going potty

Potty Pause

  • Button to pause play time to use the potty




​If you and your child are struggling with potty training, I offer one-on-one potty training services to evaluate your child and get you on a path for potty training success. Each treatment session typically includes a combination of manual techniques including myofascial release, trigger point release, strain-counterstrain, scar tissue mobilization, visceral mobilization, muscle energy techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuromuscular re-education and exercises including core stabilization, therapeutic exercise, postural education, and body mechanics training. 


Biofeedback is another tool that we can use to assess and train your child's pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.  This is a tool that measures nerve activity in the pelvic floor muscles and then transmits it to a machine where we can see the pelvic floor muscle activity as the muscles contract and relax. It provides a great visual to see the strength, endurance, and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles during kegels.  We can also use it to monitor both the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus activation during functional activities like squatting and on the potty to determine if your child is using their pelvic floor and core muscles appropriately.

Real-time Ultrasound is an additional tool that we can use to assess the pelvic floor and view the layers of the abdominal muscles to train them for optimal recruitment.  With this technology we can see how the pelvic floor and core muscles activate and use these visual cues to train optimal function.

Potty Training Services

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