Hello gorgeous, hardworking amazing moms ( and dads 😀 ) Today I want to touch base on a big parenting issue and Also a little experiment that I did with my daughter and that worked wonders! What I am talking about potty training ! Yes, potty training. Our little experiment turned into our 19 month old daughter being potty trained in just 3 days! Keep reading to learn our secret to How we potty trained our daughter in just 3 days.
So, a while back I had read an article about potty training in 3 days an I immediately saved it somewhere (who knows where haha ) . At the time my daughter was not even 1 year old so I wasn’t thinking about potty training her just yet.
As far as I’m concerned, there is 2 major potty training methods:
- Start them young– Start putting your baby on a potty since he or she can actually sit and keep doing it until they get used to it and further down the road, they will start asking to go to the potty . That is a more time consuming method and obviously the change won’t happen overnight, especially if your baby can’t say any words that indicate they want to use the potty.
- Flash method– I’m calling it flash method couse it’s simply very fast and efficient :)) ! 3 day method, 2 day method and I even read about 1 day method!- This methods entail waiting for you baby to be old enough so that he or she can say pipi or any short words that indicate they want to use the potty. It really does depend on each kid, and to be honest, I am pretty sure I could have started potty training a lot earlier than 19 months with my daughter.
As I was saying, we used a 3 day method with our daughter and now she is completely potty trained! Here is what you need to do to get the same results:
Get your toddler excited about what’s coming next!
This one is important because your toddler will react according to what impression you send him/her about this new
experience. If you’re gonna look worried or angry because your floors will get peed on, then don’t even dream about them learning fast and smooth!
So how do you get them excited? Go potty shopping and underwear shopping! Involve them in the process and if they are big enough, explain to them why you are going to make this change from diapers to potty.
Be determined and don’t let your guard down.
Let’s be honest, changing a diaper is way easier than having to ask your kid a million times if they want to pee or cleaning pee from the floor or doing 3 times more laundry because everything has pee on it!!!
But potty training early can have a ton of advantages:
- you save money on diapers (number 1 for me )
- avoiding the risk of your kid refusing to potty train, once they are a lot older and they get too used to diapers
- encouraging your kid’s independence
Don’t get angry or upset when you don’t see results
For us, grownups, it might be something so unimportant, but for our little bundles of joy, potty training is a big transition and they need to go trough it feeling confident and safe. Never yell or punish them for not using the potty because you will get the opposite result of what you want and possibly traumatize them. For some kids it might take more time, but they all get there sooner or later! You can even give them books to read to help them relax!
You will have to arm yourself with some cleaning supplies and a few pounds of patience!
What you need to do first is to put the potty in the middle of the room as soon as your toddler wakes up. Do your usual morning routine and make sure you take off any diaper or pants that they might be wearing.
Yes, they will be running around the house half naked for 3 days! This will help them to actually feel if they have to pee. Remember, they are not used to this feeling, neither are they used to having to hold themselves not to pee so give them time.
Put your baby on the potty when you see that they might pee or randomly a few times after they wake up.
Most of the times, they will pee on the floor. That is when you still need to take them and put them on the potty and try to explain (nicely) that that’s where they have to go next time.
If they pee in the potty even a little bit, make sure you applaud, seem excited and encourage them. This will make a huge difference and they will start feeling confident.
In theory, you should not go out at all. I kind of broke the rules a little bit here and went out to target which is 5 minutes from where we live. My daughter didn’t have a diaper on and I just made sure she peed before we left and asked her a million times if she needed to used the bathroom while we were out. If you have a yard, it would be really helpful!
You can still use a diaper for nap time, but make sure it’s just for that . Once they wake up, take it off and put them on the potty.
You will need to follow the same rules, making sure you encourage your baby as much as possible to sit on the potty.
No pants or diaper rule still applies, even though we used some long socks for our daughter and sometimes pants, because of her eczema problem and because we didn’t want her to scratch too much. Needless to say… we did a lot of laundry those 3 days!
By the end of day 2, she was getting the hang of it, but there were still a lot of accidents and to be honest I was already thinking this method wouldn’t work. Until day 3 happened!
By day 3, there was almost no accidents at all and we were able to go out for short walks without any problem.
We kept using the same method and at the end of the week, we had 0 accidents and our daughter would even take a nap without a diaper.
I really was very skeptical about this method in the beginning but I later realized that this 3 day wonder-method is an excellent way to cross off this task of your parenting to do list . After doing so, I strongly encourage you to try it, no matter if you kids are my daughter’s age or older. My dears, I know that if you respect the routine, you will get successful results!
What age did you potty train your kids and what methods did you use?
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