Interview With A Famous Potty Training Expert

This morning I had the pleasure to speak with the famous potty training expert Carol Cline. Her claim to fame all started when she stumbled upon a method that will have almost any child potty trained and diaper free, in just 3 days. She has helped thousands of parents and below you can read some of the advice she had to share with me today in our conversation.

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Me: Hi Carol, thank you for taking the time to meet with me here today.

Carol: Very glad to make the time! Hope I can help answer all your hard potty training questions and help some parents along the way.

Me: Ok, so let me come right out and ask you then! Did you ever think that one day you would be the world authority on all things potty training?

Carol: I wish I could tell you that I knew that this was my calling the first second I sat on my potty, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth. I actually went to school for business and owning my own daycare was always my biggest dream in life.

Me: That’s fantastic! So this interview will be going out to lots of parents who want to start potty training with their child. If you have to describe the entire pottery train process in one word, what word will this be?

Carol: Well let me break the rules and sum it up in two: “Buckle Down”

Me: Oh boy! I’m sure parents love hearing that. Can you explain to me exactly what you mean by “buckle down”?

Carol: Well I’m sure some parents would expect me to say “Run for your life” while they are secretly hoping that I would say “Don’t worry about it, it’s really easy!” The truth is every child is different when it comes to potty train them and it will be just as challenging as it is rewarding when all is said and done.

Me: So what would be the very first step parents should be taking going into potty train their kid if they want a fast result?

Carol: The first thing I always tell parents is to remember P.P.C! That stands for always being “Positive, Persistent and Consistent”. These are the three pillars that make potty train stand, remove one and the entire thing falls to the ground.

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Me: I know for a fact with my own child, that being positive all the way through was a big part of what made it work.

Carol: Children can sense if you are truly happy or not. If you’re not happy teaching them, they won’t be happy learning from you.

Me: There is an age old debate on when it comes to potty training boys versus potty training girls. Is it a fact that it is easier to potty train a girl than it is to potty train a boy?

Carol: Now this is a question I honestly get asked a lot and the truth might just surprise you. Potty training boys and potty training girls is exactly the same! This myth started due to the basic fact that in the past, women would be the ones responsible for potty train the child, and typically women feel more comfortable potty training their daughters instead of their sons, simply because they can relate better to them. But in reality, you will be potty training boys the exact same way you would be potty training girls – So there is really no difference.

Me: Now you literally “wrote the book” on how to potty train. If parents pick up your guide can they really have a diaper free child in three days?

Carol: Now let me say that if your child is 16 months, it will take a bit longer, than you could expect more like a few weeks. But nearly every parent with a child around the age of two (give or take a month or two) who shows signs that they are ready… CAN in fact be trained in just three days… Sometimes even less!

Me: What is the shortest time someone has ever potty trained their child using the methods in your guide?

Carol: I once had a woman who had read my guide at 7 AM and e-mailed me that same day at 3:40PM telling me their child has gone to the potty all day long on his own! So to give you an answer on your question: eight hours and forty minutes exactly!

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Me: An e-mail like that must have giving you a good feeling?

Carol: As crazy as it sound. Helping parents potty train their children has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Me: So if parents want to experience to potty train their child in three days, where can they find out more about your method?

Carol: They can visit my website! It’s the only place they will find out exactly how I came up with my personal method and get their hands on a copy for themselves.

Me: Well, thank you so much for your time today Carol.

Carol: Any time!

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After this interview I tried the Start Potty Training Method and I must admit that it is a very easy and effective method that is doable for all parents struggling with potty training their toddlers. I even managed to get our son potty trained in just 2 days! So if you want to try a good Potty Training method look no further!

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35 thoughts on “Interview With A Famous Potty Training Expert

  1. Dianne campbell

    I’m at a loss. My son has turned two and we tried the potty training in three days. It gave us a great start however he isn’t completely potty trained. He loves to use the toilet ( big or the small plastic one). The big one, he pushes his stool up to it, climbs on and goes, gets off and flushes. The small plastic one after he is done he will empty it into the larger one and flush. He likes to make bubbles in the water with his pee. If I set a timer and put him on every hour I can keep him dry, but if he has a more to drink than usual and needs to go before the hour he won’t tell me and he has an accident. He understands the concept but for the life of me I can’t get him to tell me when he needs to go. I have to just tell him it’s time to go and put him on or he’ll have an accident. When he does go he gets a small treat (for pee) and a tractor sticker ( for poop, since it’s a bigger accomplishment and he is obsessed with tractors). How can I get him to tell me when he needs to go? I really don’t want to go back to diapers but I will if I have to ( I’m expecting in 3 weeks. I started with him two months ago thinking that was plenty of one on one time with him to get this done but I guess not) what am I doing wrong? why won’t he tell me when he needs to go? He is at a stage in life that no matter what question I ask him his response is always no, so asking him if he needs to go doesn’t get me anywhere. . . .

    1. Susan Wylie

      I am having the exact same problem with my son, Dianne! It’s very frustrating! And to top it off, there seems to be absolutely no information addressing this problem!! I’ve decided to just keep trying, setting a timer and HOPE eventually he’ll start telling me! I don’t know what else to do! ????

    2. Rita Shergill

      I think the easy answer is that he is Two years old and he will eventually start telling you. Be patient. He’s just a baby. The hard part is done n u don’t need to go back to nappies. Just keep the routine and it’ll all fall in place. Ur the expert here ur his mother. Trust yourself and ur baby.

  2. Joanna

    My boy is four and half and potty trained at 2 and half quite easily compared to his sisters however i have a problem… I can’t get him to b dry at night yet… He wears a nighttime pull-up and its still very wet in the morning… He goes to toilet before bed and I stop the fluid intake at least an hour before bed.. He was always a deep sleeper so he’s not waking to go… I’ve tried lifting him out to go but that doesn’t work either,he’s either to sleepy to go or wakes up too much and can’t get him back to sleep then.. I’m actually stuck on what to do..? If I put no pull-up on him so he can feel the wet sensation then everywhere is destroyed and it doesn’t even wake him…I thought he would grow out of this by now but now I’m worries .. Any ideas???? Please

    1. MamayMay


      My daughter was the same way as your son, full pull-up every morning. One day i just decided let’s try just wearing underwear to bed, I put her on the toilet before bed, put a night light in the bathroom and said if you need to pee in the night get up and go on the toilet.

      She never has wet the bed at night since we went cold turkey. Why not give that a shot! She has a protective matress cover on under her sheet, so if there is an accident, it’s no big deal. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose!

      1. s

        I layered fitted sheets and puppy pads (yes puppy pads) that way when she had an accident I just pulled off the wet layer and didn’t have to fuss too much with making a wet bed in the middle of the night. I also turned the air down a bit and turned the fan on in her room so we wet would get cold and wake her up. It worked for us.

    2. J

      20 %of kids wet till they are 9-12 years old at night. It’s a fact, ask your pediatrician. He told my son he’s very normal. In a classroom of 25 kids, 3 are still bed wetters. I tried all the drink stopping and waking too until I found this out. There’s nothing that can be done. Keep extra sheets and mattress protectors and don’t make a big deal. They can’t control it.

    3. Katie

      I agree with J. My oldest daughter was the same way. She wore a pull-up to bed until she was seven and then it just stopped. When I talked with my pediatrician about it when she was 4 (because my 2 year old was dry through the night), he said it has nothing to do with drinking or waking her in the middle of the night – and not to waste the time or energy on those things. He said it has to do with the communication between the bladder and the brain – for some kids, it just takes longer for that connection to be as strong as needed to wake them. So we just continued with the pull-ups/goodnites until she started staying dry consistently. It will happen! 🙂

    4. Clare

      I came to this site to figure out what to do about toilet training my 2 1/2 yr old son and noticed your comment. I also have a 4 1/2 yr old daughter who still wears pull ups at night which are always really wet. She has never woken dry. She is also a very deep sleeper and has quite a lot of sleep. I know this is an old post and I have no help to offer but I was wondering whether you managed to figure out how to get your son dry or is he still in pull ups?

    5. Angela

      I am no expert, but I would just like to say that he can still grow out of this. Every child is different. I have many friends whose children have had to sleep in a pull up for quite some time, even until 7, because their children were simply deep sleepers. I myself wore an overnight I believe until 1st grade. I remember being embarrassed about it during a sleepover at my friend’s, but it wasn’t a choice of mine. I simply wouldn’t wake up to go. I actually remember dreaming of going pee and would wake up and had been peeing in real life during my dream. I was a deep sleeper and wouldn’t exactly get the same “urgency” to go like some people have. Even as an adult I dont!

  3. Syeda

    My daughter is 15 months. I put her on potty seat she never does it.. Please help.. It disappoints me

    1. Akvile

      She is still very young for potty training. I would suggest to wait a bit and try again later. Be positive. She will not wear diaper when she will grow up. Eventually they all learn 😉
      Ours is 19months and I put her on potty few times a day, but she does very rarely. She shows signs when she pooped and has to be changed, but if I ask her does she needs to go toilet she always says no!
      Good timing is everything!

    2. Rita Shergill

      Jesus. Shes only 15 months old. Kids see disappointment in their parents. Don’t put so much pressure on her.

  4. Lisa Moore

    I have the same problem as Dianne and Susan. My son is over 3.5. He goes poopie all by himself but when it comes to pee-pee he knows what to do and what is expected but he simply refuses to stop what he’s doing and go. If I set a timer and insist he go, he does. But he won’t ever go when he’s with friends, the gym daycare, or stores. He starts school in two days and is supposed to be fully potty trained but I can’t say he is because he won’t go to without being reminded or walked to the potty by an adult. My husband and I have tried stickers, prizes, being naked or wearing big kid underwear but nothing has worked to get him to go pee-pee of his own accord. There’s nothing out there to address this issue more fully…being capable but refusing to go.

  5. Vivival

    My 3rd Girl is 20 Months and never agree on potty seat unlike the two others that potty trained at 11 Months…..pls I need advise.

  6. zoe

    My son is 3 years old we have been doing everything to potty training him unfortuently he wont tell me when he needs to go and his answer to everything is no. if he sees the potty he will sit on it but with his nappy on if i take his nappy off he will run around naked but wet himself and he has a toilet seat to go on the toilet and loves climbing the step to the toilet but then wont actually stay sitting on the toilet i have told him he will get treats if he does wee and poos in the toilet or potty but he still wont go I have a 9 month old whos in nappies so my son sees his nappies and wants his on =( do I put him in pull ups so there easier for him to take them down but can feel when hes wet or do I put him in big boy pants and when he does have an accident he will see it and be upset then want to use the potty or toilet i really thought it was going to be easy as hes a very routined child knows his bed time bath time ECT.. and hates mess so thought he would of just picked this up but isent unfortunately =(

  7. Ashley

    My son is about to be 3 in April and we have started potty training. No more diapers! And it has been advice given to me that pull-ups confuse kids. I used a reward system every time he went and just spoke to my boy and explained what was going on. He looked forward to his treat such as a M&M or a half cookie after he went pee. He is now telling me for the most part when he needs to pee and I keep asking himperiodically too. The pee we have just about got down within a few days. I cannot for the life of me get him to go poop in the toilet. I think I will try reading him a book when he is on the toilet if he sits long enough for it. He is like most boys easily distracted and wants to play. The only other thing I can think of is trying to find a pattern of about how long it takes him to digest his food and poop. But it has been proving a little unpredictable. Does anyone have any tips that worked for their little boy? Help!

  8. Grandma Peg

    So my daughter is going through a huge problem like all of you, with my 3-1/2 year old granddaughter. She has the peeing down just fine and that took no time at all. I think it was almost a year ago and took one day. The pooping is “completely out of control”!!!!!!!!! She refuses to poop on the potty, however to make a year long story short, she either holds it for days and then gets terrible tummy aches, or she will hide and poop in her pants and now recently has tried to trick us and she will put the poop in the potty and tell us she went poop!!!!! Yesterday was a total nightmare……. During nap time she pooped in her bed and then smeared it everywhere…. They had to bleach her whole room from floors to bed to walls!!!!! What on earth??????? Today her daddy took her to his moms house to give my daughter a poop free day! PLEASE help me help her before my granddaughter is kicked out of the house!

    PS when I had her out at my house for the weekend we sat once for 2 hours straight. I talked, sang songs, read books, turned on the Elsa utube video of “let one go”, no luck! She held her poop until morning and then before I woke up she pooped in her panties and then dropped it in the toilet by hand. This is one stubborn little child!!!!! None of us like to spank but we are beginning to change our minds!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!

  9. starr

    Here i have shared some tips on potty training and this are – 1.let your child take the lead – never pressure your child if he/she doesn’t want to sit on the toilet 2. many children are ready by the age of two or two and a half. Some kids aren’t ready until the age of three but remember – you child will get there! 3.let your child go with you to the bathroom. I really think this put Kayla at ease because she saw that I was doing the same thing that she was 4.ensure that you work with your care provider during potty training so that a consistent message is communicated to your child 5.make potty training fun and exciting! let your child pick out the toilet seat or potty, underwear and even pull-up design. Make if fun so that it won’t seem as intimidating 6.never force your child to sit on the toilet until he goes. That will only increase the pressure and may cause your child to regress or even resent/fear the toilet.

  10. Wendy

    Does sensory processing disorder have an impact on regression or not being able to feel the fullness of bladder,she simply says she doesn’t want to stop playing

  11. Jeannie

    My son is exactly 3 1/2 years old. We are having a terrible time with potty training. We’ve tried rewards, we’ve tried the naked for a day trick, we’ve tried charts with stickers, etc. It’s like he doesn’t even care. I’m at my wit’s end. I’m disappointed and can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. It’s firm to the point where I’ve actually cried over it.

    1. Poovandri Crosbie

      Hi Jeannie,

      I am experiencing your pain….. my son is 3 years and 3 months. I started toilet training(no potty) at the beginning of October and had a yucky two weeks! I offered rewards which sometimes worked. The next two weeks were total bliss and he went to the toilet every time he needed to pee/poop. He has not had any accidents in the car at all and I was so pleased with his progress. The last two weeks he has regressed into peeing/pooping in his underwear and I also can’t figure out what the problem is. He only wears a nappy to bed and is in his underwear throughout the day. I feel like a failure on some level especially as my mother-in-law always reminds me that her children were all toilet trained by 2 years!!!

  12. Kassandra Rodriguez

    Ok mommies I need help my 4years old is still using diapers I have tried so many things and he wont use the bathroom I have both potty toilet and the little cover for them on the toilet and he prefer the diaper im so stuck and going kind of crasy he will start preschool soon and I cant walk in there with him wearing a diaper or pull up someone please help me

    1. Admin Post author

      Just click the link under the interview and you will go to Carol’s website and try her training!

  13. Staci

    I have a question should my son be potty trained if he try’s to pee in potty with daddy

    1. Admin Post author

      This is a good sign that he is ready to be potty trained!

  14. Kahla

    My son is almost 3 and has no interest in toilet training at all he womt even set foot near a toilet.

    What do i do there

  15. Ashlee

    My son is 3 yrs old and my husband and I are at a loss of how to get him potty trained. He will sometimes go pee pee on the potty but will never poop on it. He will tell me after he poops that he pooped or he will say he did pee pee when in fact he pooped. He pooped on the potty once but on the floor multiple times when I tried the whole let him go naked thing. He goes to daycare a few days a week and most of his friends have moved up to the next class but he can’t b/c he’s not trained. He doesn’t seem to care. He is currently in pull ups now. We even went to the store and he picked out his own underpants, we made a countdown chart to using the potty, used reward treats, we take him to the potty with us, have used cheerios in the potty, have sat him on the potty and read books, watched videos etc., nothing has worked. I am so frustrated I even cried. I don’t want to stress him out but am beginning to worry. Everyone says don’t, it’s not like he will go to college in pull ups but I still worry. Any others advice out there?

    1. Shira Gilchrist


      Did you ever get him potty trained? I am in the same boat as you were right now. My son is 3.5 and has no interest at all!!

  16. Rita

    My son just turned 3 years old and we recently tried the naked for 3 days. As he was naked he did so well, he would sit on the potty on his own and pee and poop. The minute I put on undies, pull-ups or diaper whether it be for nap time, leaving for an errand or night time he will instantly pee and poop in them and not tell me! I don’t know what to do, he doesn’t care to notify me that he has to go. I know that he grasps the idea and understands that pee and poo goes in the potty. Please Help!

  17. victoria

    Hi my son will turn 3 next month …I bought him his toilet he won’t use it not even the big one…He won’t tell me sometimes I just think because he has a speech delay he won’t tell me he has to go but he does say he has popo sometimes..what else should Itry he will be assisting school soon…

  18. Heather

    Yes my son Travez is 16 months old the 15 he p p s but has not pooped yet in the potty ☝ day at a time


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