3 Day Potty Training

This fast-track 3 Day Potty Training approach involves getting rid of diapers - once and for all. It's all about praising success - not reprimanding the mistakes. This potty training boot camp method is for parents who rather go through intense potty training in 3 days rather than dragging the process out for weeks or months.

The Basis of 3 Day Potty Training

  • You model potty going behavior or use a potty training doll.
  • You give your little one lots of yummy drinks and reward with snacks for potty success.
  • You watch your child like a hawk for signs that she needs to go potty or catch her in the act.

How to Start Potty Training In 3 Days

Start modeling and teaching your little darling about using potty four weeks before your potty training boot camp. When mom, dad or sibling go to the toilet, have your little one join to observe and ask questions.

To potty train in 3 days successfully, clear your daily planner and strategize to spend all three days focused ONLY on potty training. Do not attempt undertaking any additional activities or responsibilities; no appointments, no play dates don't even do the dishes - cancel everything.

It will be very a intense 3 day cluster, try this out on a long weekend and enlist a helper for the first day or two.

Alternatively use a potty doll or pets to model the concept of going potty. Your cat using his litter box is a perfect "teaching moment".

Here is a look at how each day of 3 day potty training using this method should work.

Day 1 of 3 Day Potty Training

The first day (aka potty training boot camp) of potty training is undoubtedly the most intense. You will be offering praise, praise and more exuberant praise every time your LO is successful on the potty. When there is an accident, and there will be, stay calm and say “Uh Oh! Pee and poo go in the potty”. To encourage frequent potty practicing opportunities offer lots of fluids and salty snacks. Except the morning of potty training boot camp to be a blur of cleaning, praising, and zipping to the potty.

Potty Training Boot Camp

Step 1. Wake up as soon as your toddler wakes up and put him on the potty. NO diapers from then on - allow your LO to go undressed from below the waist for the rest of the day.

Step 2. Take you LO to the potty every 15 min. Yup – this is not a typo. Every 15 min. your child will spend about 5 min on the potty / or until there is a success. To minimize distractions keep only simple toys available to your sweetie.

Step 3. Watch your little one like a Hawk. As you spend time with your child, be sure to observe any signs that could indicate a desire to pee or poop. As soon as you see a sign, dash your baby straight to the bathroom or wherever you have the nearest potty.

Step 4. Take your toddler through the entire process; pulling down pants and underwear, sitting on the potty, peeing or pooping, wiping, pulling up the garments, flushing the toilet and finally, washing hands. You can model this behavior yourself or use a potty doll if that makes you more comfortable.

Now, remember it won't always happen quickly for every child. Accidents are expected, but you should never show that you're okay with that. Express your disappointment if your toddler has a potty training accident, but do it with love, so they know what the expectations are.

If your LO goes potty with out any prompting you can extend the time between prompts to every 30 min. And do not forget to go ballistic with happiness and praise after every success. Make it a party atmosphere, do a potty dance, potty song – whatever works for you.

Put your little darling on the potty right before bed, so they develop the habit of going potty before sleep. Emptying the bladder right before bedtime helps little ones to make it to the morning still dry.

Day 2 of 3 Day Potty Training

Once you've developed some kind of sequence with your toddler, you can use part of day two to focus on repetition. Use as much time as possible to follow the directions from day one, except make the prompts less frequent - about every 30 minutes.

In addition, make plans to spend about an hour outdoors in the afternoon - bring a change of clothes. Right after your child pees in the potty, head outside together.

This exercise teaches your child to use the bathroom before heading out of the house. It's a great practice that will aid in keeping your toddler dry while out together as a family. The association between going out and using the bathroom will eventually be etched in the mind of your baby.

You can also try taking a walk with your child in loose pants without diapers or underwear. You might want to bring a travel potty on your short escapades in case your little one indicates has to go.

Day 3 of 3 Day Potty Training

By day 3, your toddler should be initiating going to the potty by himself with out any prompts from you. In fact your toddler should be on a roll as far developing a routine is concerned. As you did on day two, you can follow much of the routine from day one. You can also make plans to spend one hour outdoors in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Alternatively, make it a fun outing to a place your child is excited about – like the zoo or playground. Tell them you only have one change of clothes so if they have an accident you will have to go home.

And, of course leave the house right after your child goes potty. It’s best to keep your travel potty nearby (or leave it in your car) and scout out public restrooms.


3 Great Potty Training Tips

  1. Think of 3 day potty training as the kick-off to an ongoing process.
  2. Diapers and training pants are okay for nap time and bedtime, but if you rely on them more often you'll undo your potty training progress.
  3. Pick a part of your house that has wood, tile, or linoleum floors that are easy to clean. Set up a bunch of your child's toys and activities and get comfortable.

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