The fastest potty training method ever, I truly believe this! After using this method on 4 kids now, I am a firm believer that t works for all personality types.
When my first child was nearly two, I started taking her, getting her used to the idea, trying reward charts and all sorts of things. After a year, I was still unable to trust her to tell me when she needed to go. It wasn’t her fault – I just didn’t know how to teach her this life skill.
When my second child came along, I found this little book that taught you how to train your child in 3 days. I was skeptical, but it really worked! So I used it on subsequent kiddos, and recommend it to everyone.
With our last little boy growing up so quickly, it was time to potty-train him this summer. So once again, I set aside a few days to focus on this training.
I used the method that I have outlined in previous posts “3 Day Potty Training Method” and the handy-dandy printable.
And I kept a potty-training journal of the first week, so I could share real life example of how it looks!
3 Day Potty Training of a 3 year old boy
Day one – Tuesday
–Wake up and put on dry pants. Today was lots of piddles, small pee leaks, and bathroom trips. I did nothing but watch him like a hawk, and offer drinks as much as he would take.
–At 11 am he finally ‘gets it’. Bonus; a happy accident of pooping in the potty about noon. (this is the first of 4 kids who actually pooped in the potty the first day.)
–Pees pants at nap time, while sleeping.
–Afternoon, lots of bathroom trips, mostly successful. Sometimes I used a bowl of warm water and let him stick hands in it to help the reflex. Sometimes I would turn on the faucet because the sound of running water helps, too.
–Night: He wore a pull-up. Stayed dry.
Day two – Wednesday
–Another happy accident of pooping in toilet.
–More drinks, and lots of close watching, and only a few dribbles. No real puddles.
–More hands in warm water in a dish practice.
–Nap – stayed dry
Day three – Thursday
–I wasn’t watching, was in another room while he was watching cartoons — has some poop in his pants
–He’s telling me he needs to go potty for all peeing.
–No warm water needed
Day 4 – Friday
—I went outside to work and he pooped his pants. Otherwise, no accidents! He tells me when he needs to pee, but sometimes I ask.
Day 5 – Saturday
–No pooping. I think he’s holding it.
–Peeing is great. No accidents. Goes on command.
–9 pm he finally poops in potty. He kept holding his bottom (in the back) and saying “potty!” but couldn’t seem to go. Finally about the third time of sitting him on his potty with a book, and sitting outside the room (he likes privacy) he pooped. Yay!
Day 6 – Sunday
–One small dribble accident,
–Went to park and he peed his pants there. (my fault for not taking him potty after a lot of tea)
–Started pooping in his pants, but I caught him and sat him on toilet. He didn’t go much. Just a tiny bit. He’s holding it in.
–After several more attempts (because I could tell he needed to) he pooped in the potty about 5 pm.
Day 7 – Monday
–Went to Walmart, he’s too scared to pee much in store toilet.
–Got an insert for big toilet. He stayed dry till we got home.
After this, he stayed dry most of the time. There’s been the occasional wet pants incident, almost always when I am busy or he is playing hard and doesn’t take time to stop.
He started pooping in the toilet consistently, and telling me first. In fact, he had fewer pooping accidents than wet pants! He always tells me and if I am gone he holds it till I get home to help him. He does like his privacy though! I set him on the toilet then step outside the bathroom door. Have you ever noticed how toddlers like to go into a corner to soil their diapers? It’s a natural urge – to ‘hide’ when we use the bathroom.
It had been almost 4 months and I am enjoying no more diapers and no more messes! I do still put pull-ups on him for nights. He is often dry in the morning, but I hate those occasional wet sheets.
Let me know if you tried this method, and if it works for you!
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