Potty Training in One Day – Then and Now

The concept of Potty Training using potty dolls was introduced in 1974 by two psychologists named Nathan H. Azrin and Richard M. Foxx in their book "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" .

They were researching how to potty train special needs (autistic, down syndrome and mentally retarded) children. Read more about the research and the book by here .


Since then, several potty training books for parents such as "Potty Training for Dummies"& "The Everything Potty Training Book" have talked about using potty dolls for potty training, but not until Dr. Phil has this method become really popular.

Dr Phil has done two shows on Potty Training in One Day . His first show aired on November 8th, 2002 and the second show in prime time on September 22nd, 2004.

Dr. Phil’s first show was part of a series called "How to get your child to…" where he covered topics such as sleep through the night, eat what you eat and of course potty training. On this show, he showed 3 mothers how to potty their children using a potty doll and how to do it in one day. (This is the show that inspired me to invent the potty training dolls – Potty Scotty and Potty Patty).

His second show was part of the promotion for his new book "Family First". He did a show in prime time, instead of his regular afternoon show. The show was called "Dr Phil. A PRIME TIME SPECIAL Family First". On this show he covered topics such as parenting mistakes, raising your child’s IQ, spoiling your child rotten and of course he had many celebrities like Patricia Heaton from

Everyone Loves Raymond, Amy Brennerman from Judging Amy talking about the challenges of being a working parent.

On this show, with the help of celebrity moms Holly Robinson Peete and Vanessa Marcil, Dr. Phil, once again showed us how to potty train our children in one day using potty training dolls.

Since Dr. Phil’s first show there are many stores out there selling potty training dolls. Some are even claiming to be recommended by Dr. Phil. He has NOT recommended any potty training doll specifically. All he tells you is that you need a doll that wets .

Dr. Phil inspired me to create The Complete "Potty Train in One Day" Program for Boys & Girls with Potty Training Dolls – Potty Scotty and Potty Patty. I have of course written him and told him about this. I hope to be on his show in the near future!!!