The Potty Project

Although children have been learning to use the toilet for a long time, methods and expectations are constantly changing, and it’s difficult for parents to know what to expect. For example, the approach currently recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against starting too early and suggests that the process can take over a year, whereas the most popular book on the subject urges parents to start at a younger age and expect to be done in a few weeks.

Littldata’s Potty Project aims to shed light on toilet training by doing two things:

'The Potty Training Exit Survey' is written on a gray banner over a field of poop emojis.

First, the Potty Training Exit Survey is gathering and analyzing data about both timing and methods from parents who have recently potty trained, so that we can better understand what might work best for which children.

'Poop Doula Tales' is written on a gray banner over a closeup of a potty training toilet seat.

Second, the Poop Doula Tales is an ongoing collection of real potty training stories, as told by parents, to get at the nuances and details that are hard to pin down with numbers.

If you are a parent who has potty trained within the past twelve months, you can contribute to the Potty Project by completing the Potty Training Exit Survey and/or by submitting a story to the Poop Doula Tales.

If you want to be notified when the survey results and potty training stories go live, please join Littldata’s mailing list.

A note about the project: Littldata‘s mission is to share data and information relevant to parents with young children. It was started in January 2019 by Lian Chang, a data visualization designer in San Francisco who is currently a stay-at-home mom of a two-year-old. Littldata’s blog, and the Potty Project, use Amazon Affiliate links. You can join Littldata’s mailing list here.