Potty Training Your Child In 3 Days
Common Indicators, Your Potty Training Essentials and Checklist
Potty training your child may seem like a daunting process, but if you stay calm and positive throughout the process, you can easily help your child transition from diapers to the potty in just 3 days! Keep in mind that during this time, all waking hours will be with your child, so clear your schedule. If you’re working, take your Friday off and see it through over the weekend – you may even want to plan playdates for any older children at their friends’ houses so you can focus all your attention on the child you’re going to train.
Before jumping into potty training, let your child tell you when they’re ready. This is often when they’re around the age of 3.
Common indicators of your child being ready for potty training include:
For the 3 days that you potty train your child, dress them in long T-shirts that cover their private parts. The idea is for your child to feel that there’s nothing to catch pee or poop, so they need to go to the toilet when they feel the urge.
It’s all part and parcel of potty training, your child is bound to have a few accidents before they get used to the idea of going to the toilet whenever they feel the urge to urinate or pass a bowel movement. The long T-shirts will come in handy here – you’ll have fewer pee-stained clothes and you’ll be able to identify any accidents immediately.
Encourage your child to drink more, so that they will pee more. The more familiar they are with the urge that comes when they need to pee, the quicker they’ll learn to head to the toilet.
If they don’t pee after drinking a lot, gently prompt them to use the toilet. If they say no, just tell them to give it a try. Remember to be patient with them.
Give your child a prize each time they successfully use the toilet, or tell you that they ‘need to go’. Using positive reinforcement will help them better remember to use the toilet when they need to.
Keep these 5 essential tips in mind throughout the 3 days you potty train your child to maximize effectiveness. Ensure you choose the appropriate time to potty train your child - do not begin potty training during stressful periods such as when starting daycare, moving to a new house, when your child is sick, etc., as a stable environment is essential to the potty training process.
Decide on a routine that your child can recognize as a ‘must-do’ during each visit to the potty. Here’s an example you can use:
i) Go toilet
ii) Pull down pants
iii) Sit on potty
iv) Get off potty
v) Pull up pants
vi) Flush toilet
vii) Wash hands
When you throw away your child’s soggy diaper in the morning, say goodbye to it and encourage your child to do the same. You can even ask your child to throw it away himself.
Explain to him how without a diaper, his pee and poop will make a mess on the floor unless he goes to the toilet.
Then, take him to the toilet and encourage him to pee – which should happen after drinking more.
Take your child to use the toilet every 15 minutes to familiarize them with the process. Praise them each time they use the toilet, even if nothing happens. Otherwise, proceed with the day as you would normally do.
Bring your child to the toilet one last time right before bed.
This is to prevent your child from having any accidents in bed. However, if an accident does happen, don’t react - simply clean it up and change your child’s underwear. Then, remind them to use the toilet next time. If you scold or punish them, you can cause your child to form a negative association with the toilet, making it more difficult to potty train them.
Essentially, the potty training process will be the same over all 3 days. Focus on helping your child recognize the urge they get when they need to pee or poop, and familiarize them with the process of using the toilet.
Some people prefer to stay at home for the 3 days of potty training to make the process easier. However, if you would like to bring your child out during the 2nd or 3rd day, ensure it is a short activity that is near to your house. You can continue to potty train your child in public restrooms, however, you may want to bring a small portable potty with you as some children resist using public toilets.
1. Sufficient oversized T-shirts for the 3 days of potty training, as well as a few extra in case of accidents.
2. Plenty of water kept within your child’s reach.
3. Rewards for when your child successfully uses the toilet.
4. A small portable potty for any outings.
5. A calm and positive mindset.
When your child has an accident, you may feel pessimistic and unconfident in the potty training process. However, you must stick with it for the full 3 days – your child will learn from his mistakes and give you the results you desire. You can do it!
It is also important to inform anyone who is responsible for the care of your child (teachers, babysitters, etc) about the signals your child uses to indicate their need to go to the toilet. Also inform them of the language you use with your child (ie. pee, potty, etc) so they can use the same and refrain from confusing your child.
If you’re still having problems with caring for your child, don’t worry! Feel free to let us know so we can help you with your child needs.