One of the largest milestones for a parent is taking their kids successfully through potty training. It is a challenging moment, but if done right, it works perfectly. This article teaches you how you can potty train your toddler in 3 days, or less.
Before you embark on this mission, you need to be prepared. In this case, all you need to do is to have enough time to dedicate to this project. That is why I advise you to do this over one weekend when you have minimal distractions and work expectations.
Solicit and engage your partner’s assistance in this project. You can do it alone but it is more fun and faster to achieve your goals when you have help.
Your kid has to be demonstrating the preparedness to potty train. For instance, they keep on taking off their clothes especially when they are just about to poop.
When should I start potty training my toddler?
Potty training readiness varies, but most children are ready between 18 months and 3 years old. Look for signs of readiness like showing interest in the toilet, staying dry for longer periods, and being able to communicate their needs.
Should I use a potty chair or the regular toilet?
Both options can work. Some children prefer a potty chair initially as it’s more their size and less intimidating. Later, you can transition to the regular toilet with a child-sized seat.
What types of incentives can I offer my child?
Incentives can be effective. Consider using small rewards like stickers, a favorite toy, or praise and encouragement. Avoid using food treats as rewards.
What if my child resists potty training or regresses?
Regression is common. Be patient and avoid punishment. Try to identify any triggers for regression, like stress or changes in routine, and address those issues.
How can I handle accidents during the training process?
Accidents are normal. Stay calm and avoid scolding your child. Encourage them to use the potty next time and clean up accidents together.
Are there differences in potty training between boys and girls?
Boys and girls may have different approaches to potty training. Boys might take longer to master sitting on the toilet and aiming correctly, while girls may find it easier to start with potty chairs.
How do I know if my child is ready for nighttime potty training?
Nighttime dryness often takes longer to achieve. Look for signs like consistently waking up dry, fewer nighttime accidents, and your child expressing the desire to wear underwear to bed.
Is it normal for potty training to take longer than three days?
Yes, it’s entirely normal for some children to take longer to fully master potty training. Every child is different, so be patient and flexible in your approach.
Give your kids lots of fluid and lots of food
You have to equip them with the necessary resources. No kid will want to poop on an empty stomach.
Let them go about naked
Allow them to be diaper free and naked about the house. Keep an eye on them and once you identify that they are about to poop, whisk them to a potty super-fast.
Do not expect them to be perfect
Let them land the product anywhere on the potty and applaud their progress. Correct them calmly and soothingly when they ‘miss the target.’ Cheer them on when they are right on point.
Repeat what you did yesterday.
The only difference today is that you will create a higher incentive plan for every time they get it right. Be excited about the process and let the kid share in your excitement and joy. Give them something every time they use the potty the right way.
Another effective way would be to take your kid along with you when you visit the bathroom and let them observe how you go about your business. Kids learn more by observation.
Let them spend the rest of the day diaper-free and naked. Kids at this stage love staying naked and they will associate this incentive with their capacity to use the potty the right way.
Repeat day 2’s activities.
Add more incentives. By this day, your kid will have gotten used to the potty and have learned how to say they want to go there whenever they feel the urge. They have already established the freedom of being diaper-free with the right usage of the potty. Since they do not want to get back into those diapers, they will be ready to go to potty whenever the need arises.
In some cases, potty training might take longer than anticipated, even after applying the methods we have suggested here. Do not worry. Kids are different, and they will be able to use the potty when the time is right. Do not give up training them though and soon enough, you will achieve this goal.
- Consistency is Key: Keep a consistent routine during the training period, even after the initial three days. Consistency helps reinforce good habits.
- Use Positive Reinforcement: Continue to praise and reward your child when they use the potty correctly. Positive reinforcement encourages them to keep trying.
- Be Prepared for Setbacks: Regression and occasional accidents are part of the process. Stay patient and supportive.
- Nighttime Training: Nighttime dryness often lags behind daytime success. Consider using training pants or waterproof bedding during the night.
- Celebrate Milestones: Celebrate small victories and milestones. It boosts your child’s confidence and motivation.
- Communication is Key: Encourage your child to communicate when they need to use the potty. Teach them the words or gestures to express this.
- Model Behavior: Let your child observe how you and other family members use the toilet. Children often learn by imitation.
Remember that every child is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to potty training. Adapt these tips to your child’s personality and needs, and stay patient and positive throughout the process. Potty training is a significant milestone, and with your support, your child will eventually succeed.
Katie Reed is a passionate writer and mother of four vivacious boys from Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawing from her own journey through TTC, pregnancy, and the joys of raising children, she offers a wealth of insight into the world of motherhood. Beyond her heartfelt tales, Katie delights her readers with family-friendly recipes, engaging crafts, and a curated library of printables for both kids and adults. When she’s not penning her experiences, you’ll find her crafting memories with her husband and sons—Dexter, Daniel, Chester, and Wilder.