Most parents’ especially first timers find it a bit too good to be true if they are told that they can potty train their baby in less than 3 days. Nevertheless, this is not a gimmick, neither is it a modern day trend. In this article we will discuss potty training in less than 3 days. This is a tactic proposed by Julie Fellom in his, “Program for diapers free”. It is important to have in the mind that you will not be able to fully potty train your baby in 3 days. Definitely, it will take time to teach your baby how to wash his or her hands, how to remove his pants up and down. Notwithstanding, this process is the beginning of your baby learning how to use the potty instead of a diaper.
Things You Need for Training Potty in 3 Days
It is advisable to start this training during the weekend so that your daily schedule will not clash with it.
First, you will need a standalone potty chair that you can use in the home easily.
Things to encourage the kid include plenty of water or juice, as well as snacks to encourage peeing.
Moreover, you need to have at hand cleaning supplies such as rags, cleaning solutions and a plastic bag.
How to Start Potty Training in 3 Days
1. One Month before You Start
You should check to know if your baby is ready for potty training. Signs that show that your baby is ready for potty training include, your baby asking you to use the potty, your baby not getting wet, for more than three hours, his or her refusal to be diapered and pooping at regular intervals each day.
This method is usually used for babies who are less than 2 and ½ year old, after which it’ll be more difficult to potty train them.
Plan a reward to give your baby as an incentive for accomplishing the potty training. This reward is usually referred to as potty dancing. Potty dancing can be anything from a full rumba with accompanying song or a modified end-zone chicken dance.
Two to four weeks before the schedule weekend, help your baby get used to the idea of using the potty. If you have to use the toilet, take your child with you so that she can see how you remove your pants down. Your baby will start noticing how to flush toilet, how you wash hands, wipe your hands, sit on the potty and pee or poop into it.
2. One Week Before You Start
One week before you start, tell her that on that particular day she can do diaper free. One reason why this works very well is that, children at this age love to be diaper free and go about naked. So take advantage of this and use it to potty train your child.
3. Day One of Potty Training
On the first day of the training, when your child wakes up, make her go naked waist down throughout the whole day. Observe your baby closely to see signs of her wanting to poop or pee. When she starts pooping or peeing, quickly take her to the nearest potty pot.
Do not forget to take your child with you when you go to the bathroom. Take time to show her how you go about using the toilet all over again. Celebrate with your child anything she makes a hit in the potty pot. Remember, she will spill some of the pee and poop on the ground, but do not scold her, encourage her when she gets it right even once.
After ten hits, then your child is ready to use the potty independently according to Fellom. Remember, your child will miss a lot of times, but do not yell at the child.
Before your child goes to sleep or nap, tell her to go and use the potty pot. Nevertheless, remember to put a diaper on your baby before she goes to sleep. You can also choose not to do so if you are confident that she will remain dry throughout the night.
4. Day Two of Potty Training
On the second day, repeat what you did on the first day, but this time you can go out to the open with your child for an hour. However, before you go out, make sure your baby has used the potty pot and go out immediately after that. The purpose of this is to link the use of potty with being able to go outside the house, according to Fellom. When you go out, let your child wear loose pants and nothing underneath.
5. Day Three of Potty Training
On the third day, do as you did for day one, but now go out twice during this day with each one lasting 1 hour, in the morning and in the afternoon. Remember to make your child use the potty immediately before you go out.
Your child should go out with loose pants on, no underwear, extra clothes and you can carry a portable potty if you worry that he might not be able to hold it.
6. After the Training
Usually after the weekend long training, expect your baby to go to the potty any time she wants to pee or poop. For the next three months after the training weekend, let your child go without clothes below the waistline whenever, you are at home.
Tips for Success
For this method to work and work well here are a few tips you can follow.
- Be fully committed to the success of the procedure during the whole weekend. Do not have a nonchalant attitude towards the process.
- Use a part of your house that has a covering that is easy to clean and fill that place with a bunch of toys. Your kitchen or any part of the house that is covered with wood, linoleum or tile is an ideal place. A confortable place will make the baby accept the rules more readily.
- Have a lively atmosphere in your house during the said three days.
- Would rather like to suffer for three days than for several months? Let this also be a motivation. Do not dread the activity; embrace it joyfully.
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Pros and Cons of Potty Training in 3 Days
These three days approach seems to work wonders when compared to other approaches. Moreover, this method works quickly too. Some the benefits include:
- You save yourself time and the frustration that you might have gone through if you had used another method.
- Your child will be proud of his or her accomplishment and independence.
- You will save money that you would have used to buy diapers.
- This method also makes potty training fun and helps build a loving bond among the baby and his or her parents.
Some of the downside associated with the three-day potty training includes:
- You as the parent would have to stop whatever you are doing and stay at home for three whole days and this might affect your business, career or schooling.
- If it doesn’t work on the first attempt, you would have to dedicate another weekend after six to eight weeks.
- Keeping your child bare bottomed for a whole weekend all over the house can be a bit of inconvenience to you and your entire household.
- This method may be difficult, especially if you have to do it during the winter.