BY ANDREA ALEXANDER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
Ever since Dr. Spock published his first book on baby and child care in the 1940s, the best approach to potty training has been a matter of debate. Should parents decide when it’s time to start? Or should they wait until their child shows an interest in using the toilet?
For most other major developmental milestones, an extensive body of research exists to help guide parents and pediatricians through those early years of life. But that hasn’t been the case with potty training – one of the most fraught challenges all parents face.
The lack of scientific literature inspired Joseph Barone, chief of pediatric urology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, to spend much of his career trying to find definitive answers.