Losing the battle of potty training to a stubborn toddler? Stressed and ready to give up, submitting to a life of changing diapers? There’s still hope! You CAN potty train your child in 3 days! If you’re ready to start and can stay committed, but you can be diaper free in less than a week.
Before you start your 3 day potty training weekend, there’s a few things you’ll need to do. Gather supplies- such as stand alone potty seats, cleaning supplies for accidents, and lots of fluids to help your child go. Clear your schedule. To maximize potty training success, take a long weekend home with no plans. Devote yourself entirely to potty training. Sounds exciting, right?
Be sure your child is ready to start, and at an appropriate age. Children 3years and older can be stubborn. Children under 2 may not be ready yet. Follow your child’s cues.
Potty Training Day 1
When your child wakes up, so shall you. You will be your child’s shadow for the next 3 days. Allow him/her to be diaper-free. If the weather permits, go naked all day. If it’s chilly, a shirt and legwarmers may be a better option. Follow your child, watching for any sign that he/she needs to go. As soon as the child starts to pee, or you see it coming, take your child to the potty immediately. Consider this your cardio for the month. Be sure to offer your child plenty to drink, so there’s a reason to go to the potty.
Accidents will happen. Be sure not to scold or otherwise show disappointment in your child. Let them know in a gentle but firm voice that we go in the potty, not on the floor. Have your child assist in cleaning up any accidents.
Celebrate any time your child makes it to the potty, even if it’s only a little. Giving plenty of hugs or kisses is a great way to show how proud you are!
Make sure your child goes to the potty before naps, meals, and bedtime. A diaper may be needed for any nap or bedtime, but you’re still making progress.
Potty Training Day 2
Today, head outside for a while! Continue to let your child be diaper free at home, but wear loose, comfortable pants while outside. Playing outside for an hour can show your child how to control their bladder while out of the house. Make sure your child goes to the potty before leaving and immediately upon returning. Don’t go far- stick to your yard or a quick walk. Any longer and you’re just asking for an accident. Once home, continue with the process from Day 1.
Potty Training Day 3
By day 3, you should be able to get out of the house again. Try an hour of playing in the morning, and another hour outside after nap time. Remember to remain diaper free the entire day, even out of the house. Again, make sure your child goes to the potty before and after each outing. You should be experiencing less accidents by day 3, and your child should have a better understanding of going to the bathroom.
Follow Up for Success
By now your child should be able to tell you when he/she has to go to the potty. Remaining diaper free will help enforce potty training. You may still need a diaper for naps or bedtime, and that’s okay. For the next several weeks, continue to go diaper free at home. Wearing diapers encourages your child to be lazy and pee in the diaper. Accidents may still happen, so always be prepared with a change of clothes. Be sure to watch your child’s cues and listen to them when out of the house. Quick trips to the nearest bathroom are important for success. You may opt to keep your potty chair in the car for outings.
Remember- each child is different. it may be several months before your child is night trained, and may still require a diaper or training pants for naps and bedtime. But now your child has a much better understanding of his body and how to control it. Continue watching for cues and praising your child for their successes. If your child is still having trouble learning to use the potty, wait a few weeks and try the 3-day method again. Your child will know when he is ready, and stubborn toddlers won’t do anything until they want to! Enjoy your diaper free days and plan a shopping trip to pick out some new big-kid underwear for your potty trained toddler.