Sure, potty training may occupy your brain for months and months (and months), but the real nitty-gritty of making the leap from diapers to big kid undies, well, that takes about a week. It's true! We worked with the experts to develop iVillage's 7 Days to Potty Train Your Kid -- so you can ditch the diapers for good.
Set the Stage
Before you officially start toilet training, there's some prep work involved. Start pre-potty training when your child shows an interest in the potty, often between 1½ and 2-years-old, says Karen Deerwester author of The Potty Training Answer Book. "Start by simply introducing the idea of the potty and start reading related books and DVDs." Good options include How To Potty Train Your Monster, Once Upon a Potty, No More Diapers for Ducky, Everyone Poops and the DVD "Elmo's Potty Time." Also consider an anatomy book for kids like Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body from Cat in the Hat's Learning Library or The Magic School Bus: Inside The Human Body.