3 Days They Say? HA!
The 3 day potty training method is more like….the potty training boot camp method with no disclosed date of when your child should catch on!
Okay, I mean, not all children are average and if they are going by average then 3 days is a far fetched number! Lets be real and actually break it down.
It takes a lot more time than just 3 days for your child to know the sensation, walk to the bathroom and do the do without your help.
Do I recommend this method? Sure… I mean it gets the idea of using the potty in their heads right away, it provides consistency and that helps your child learn. Will I use this method on my 2nd daughter? Maybe, I may just keep looking for different methods and try something different!
My daughter is 25 months, we just finished our 3rd day and this is our story
3 Day Method, How it Worked for Us!
Evening Before 1st Day:
I took the time the night before the first day to get all of our supplies ready to go so we could wake up and get right to potty training. One key to being successful is to be ready. Check out my recent post on Prepping for the Potty, for great tips on getting your toddler ready for the big kid potty seat and a tutorial on creating a potty chart!
My husband and I placed our supplies out after she went to bed because I wanted her to wake up and be excited to see this! I felt that if we started the morning on a very excited note then that would set us up for greater positivity during the course of the 3 days.
The potty chair was in the living room during these couple days so we had easy access and could get to it fast. We had the potty chart taped to the wall at her level so she could see the progress and place success stickers on it herself! I also created a mom chart which included success’, partial’s and accidents. A more detailed list to track her progress was necessary for me, because the chart counts partial’s as a success and does not list accidents at all. We used charts because the visual reward really motivates her and my chart motivated me to keep it up. Piece of advice… get rewards for mom and dad because they need it too!
I walked into her room at 8AM and very excitedly said you’re a big girl today! She was excited and was bouncing around in her crib so I knew we had some chance of being successful!
We took off her night diaper and headed to the potty! I sat her down and read her some books but that first success did not happen!
Juice, Juice, Juice! You want your child to drink a lot of fluids because that gives you more chances to get them on the potty! Consistency is key for them! Day 1 is the most important day of the 3 day method!
I set my timer on my phone for every 30 minutes, once that went off we headed to the potty! She did so well the first day, I am truly amazed! She had 6 successes, 2 partials and 1 accident. It is so important for the parent to really pay attention to your child that first day in order to figure out their signs for needing to go. Once you can pick up on the signs, you get them to sit faster and the greater the chances for them to succeed.
There is soooo much to be said about the first day!!
My daughter was 50/50 on having the patients to sit on the potty. Sometimes it was no big deal and other times she was very dramatic. You need to make sure you have plenty of fun things to do or books to read when they are on the potty. Give them praise when they are sitting; children love praise and this shows them they are doing something right!
Once they have a success, you need to get crazy excited about it! I mean jump up and down, shout hooray, whatever it takes to get them excited too! Praise praise praise people!
We would take the chair to the toilet, flush it, and rinse it out. I would help her wash her hands, dry them off and she got M&M’s and put a sticker on the chart. She loved it!
Once nap time came, I put a Pull-Up on her and she took that nap! BREAK!!!!! aw man! That was rough! I mean you need to have patience for days! This is not easy, I may have made it sound like it wasn’t bad but let me tell you I was keeping a 7 month old occupied at the same time as watching a 2 year old… IT WAS EXHAUSTING.
Once she woke back up, we got right back on the potty and sat her down every 30 minutes until bed time when I put another Pull-Up on her. She did not go number 2 on the potty, she went in her nap time diaper so unfortunately we didn’t get to tackle that yet.
This day went a tad bit smoother. I can tell you that she did not go to the bathroom as many times as she did the first day. She also wouldn’t chug the juice like she did on the day earlier. The 2nd day I set the timer to every 45 minutes.
She had 4 successes, 1 partial and 1 accident. We tackle the accidents or partials by not scolding but instead saying “get to the potty, get to the potty” and she would take of running for it! Hence the reason in my prepping list I said get floor cleaner… YOU WILL NEED IT! Sometimes she would finish on the potty but other times I caught it too late!
By day 2, I could really tell she was getting the idea of this concept. She was beginning to tell when it was time to get on the potty and she would let me know. After she went, we celebrated with M&M’s
Nap time came and went, no number 2 this day. I almost felt like she was avoiding that on purpose! I mean she is two so I know it’s not intentional really but she did not go!
3rd day went even better than the last two which was what I was hoping! Sis was really catching on! She sat on the potty every hour and had 4 successes and 1 partial. We left the house this day!!! Thank goodness I mean I needed to get out and I think she did too!
We ran to get a prescription and then got a Happy Meal as a great job celebratory lunch. Then, we went to see daddy at work and he was able to put her on the potty at this office. Total, we were only out of the house for 50 minutes and she remained dry the whole time! When we got home I put her on the potty and she went! Nap time came and went. Again, no number 2! She even began to run over and sit down all by herself and go potty! PROGRESS!!! YAY!!!
Holy cow!!!!! This is exhausting, you will be tired, your patience will be tried and you will want to give up! Being stuck in your home for 3 days ZERO fun!
This should be called 3 Day Potty Training Boot Camp! It is not a miracle method were after the 3 days your child will be potty trained! I mean sure maybe some kids this worked like a charm but I want you to be ready for the work ahead! This is an every day, watch your child for signs and continue to encourage using the potty!
Trust me, it would be so much easier to put a diaper back on your kid but you CAN do this! I feel like I need to psych up moms and dads to get through this! YOU CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT!
Please stayed tuned as I give a follow up after a month, as well as a post with what I keep in my potty training diaper bag and potty training on the go!