I remember when my little one was around 3 years old, I was buying his diapers and one lady in the store told me, you should try potty training your 3 year old. I was surprised as being a first time mom, I had no idea about potty training. I was innocent enough to think my kid will one day leave diapers and sit on the potty himself. Little did I know this is not going to happen!
My 3 year old refused to sit on potty when I tried and I experimented a lot. After so many failures, here I am with a guide, how to potty train your child in just 3 days. This doesn’t sound real, I know but trust me it will work.
First thing, all parents, keep in mind that when you are potty training boys or girls, don’t keep any important commitment these 3 days. You will be washing, cleaning and spending all the time with your toddler.
So, mothers ask me how do they know if their kid is ready to potty train or not?
Here is how you can find out if your kid is ready for potty training!
Your toddler must be showing signs when he is ready to be trained. Being a mother, you should be able to find them. Have a look at these signs here:
- Your child wants to go to washroom with you.
- Your kid is interested in underpants.
- He stays dry for more than 2 hours.
- He poops according to his schedule ( that may be after dinner or before bedtime)
- Your toddler doesn’t like wearing dirty diaper.
- He understands what poop and pee means.
- He can pull up his pants and remove them too.
So if your child is showing these signs, its time for the big game mommy! Get that armor on because we are going to potty train your child in 3 days.
Tips for keeping your sanity before the big day
During these 3 days, forget about me time. Forget about your favorite show on tv. Keep carpets and sofas covered. Be patient and promise yourself you will not get angry. Get ready for poop and pee images and also get ready for power tantrums. Try to choose the weekend as then you would be at home if you are a working mommy. You wouldn’t need to leave your kid with house help so a weekend works best.
Don’t forget to stock up on underwear and supplies
The next important thing is stocking up. Purchase your kid’s favorite cartoon character underwear. You can take him to shopping with you so that he gets excited while wearing them. Stock up extra nappies and underwear. I suggest invest in some cheap underwear too in case you want to throw them away because of poop. ( forgive the dirty talk lol)
Get the performance charts or stickers and encourage your kid that if he does potty in the washroom, he will get the star. You can also get your kid’s favorite candies or cook his favorite dinner. Anything that works for your kid, do it.
You can download our potty training reward chart for your little one. You can write his name on it and add stickers to how many times your kid uses potty infront of the days.
Tell your toddler that you are going to say bye to diapers
Few days before the time, talk to your child about how diapers are not good. And how he is a big kid now. Saying bye to diapers and talk like that. Make your kid wear underwear over his diaper so that he get used to it. Take your kid to diaper shopping. Pick his favorite ones. Tell him some potty training stories.
Discuss with your spouse that you are potty training your child
Before starting the process, make sure you and your spouse are on the same page. If there are any older siblings or grandparents living with you, tell them to be prepared. So that they support you rather than discourage your kid.
Got it? Perfect!
Hang in there mama.
Starting from Day 1
Okay so welcome to day 1. When your kid gets up in the morning, change his diaper. Throw it in the dustbin. Let your kid play around without a diaper. If he likes to wear underpants or underwear, that’s good. If he wants to play bare bottomed, go with it. Don’t worry, it’s a phase and it will pass.
Focus on your goal, you have to potty train your child in 3 days. Keep your eyes on the prize. Take your kid to toilet with you. Many parents like to invest in a potty seat so that they can put this in their room. Easy access to the potty seat means less accidents. So that’s your choice.
You can get a potty seat or introduce your kid to washroom. Entirely upto you. I got a potty seat that fit on our commode so there was no potty seat transition. But again, that’s your choice.
So you can give your kid juice or water so that they need to pee frequently. Encourage your kid to sit on the potty seat and make it a fun activity. Ask him to make a dinosaur sound when he is peeing.
If your toddler refuses to sit on potty, encourage him, bribe him with rewards. Little bit force is okay as long as you are not yelling or hitting your child.
Watch out for signs. If your kid stands still for a minute or so, then its time for potty seat. We suggest taking kids to potty after every 20 minutes. Keep the fluids intake so that your kid has the urge to pee frequently. Its okay if there are few accidents.
You can say things like that:
- Pee belongs in the potty seat
- Poop belong to the potty seat
- Good boys or good girls poop in the potty seat
- Big boys pee in potty
- Lets pee in potty and then eat icecream
- Make washing hands fun too
You can offer your kid to wash his toys along with washing his hands. Tell him he can do that after he pees in the potty seat. Make it tempting.
First day is usually the hardest but if you pass through the first day successfully, you are going to pass the other 2 days too.
(If your 2 or 3 year old refuses to potty train entirely, don’t force it. Take a break and start after few days again)
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Day 2 of potty training
Wohoooo congrats you have passed the day 1 and that means you are getting successful at potty training your child. Don’t forget to reward your kid with something he likes as this is one of the biggest milestones of childhood. Imagine no diaper expense! Yayyy
Alright so day 2 is just like day 1, the slight difference is that you have to add a few more activities. Like going to the park for few minutes to check if your kid survives that or not. Expect accidents and don’t worry if something happens, this is part of the process. If you don’t want to go to the park, go for a walk around your block.
The night time after day 2 would be better. Honestly this is a personal decision, if you want to potty train your child during the night time too, you can do it together. If you want to do it separately, that’s again your choice. Some kids take it easy and even sleep without diapers. But some don’t!
So you can reduce the fluids intake after evening so that your child doesn’t need to go for pee. And right before bedtime, take him to pee and make him sit on his potty seat. During the sleep time, you may need to pick up your kid and make him pee while he is sleeping.
Keep in mind that tantrums and crying and struggles are going to be there but that’s part of the process. If you want to potty train your child in 3 days, you have be strong enough for that.
Day 3 of potty training
First thing, congrats that you made it to day 3 of toddler potty training. The instructions for day 3 are same like day 1 and day 2. Go out for sometime, just like day 2. Make sure your child uses his potty before leaving the home.
Make your child wear his underwear but no diapers. You can also try diaper pants before going out to avoid any accident but that’s not necessary. Don’t forget to take an extra dress and wipes incase you get into some potty training accident.
Ta daa…! Congrats mommy. You are done with day 3. Now keep on following this routine and you will see the results. Keep encouraging your toddler to use his potty seat.
Here is your FREE potty training essentials CHECKLIST so that you don’t forget anything. Get it now.
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Disclaimer: I am not a potty training or kids expert. I read the information from various resources and sharing my personal experience and opinions.