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One mom shares the highs and lows of toilet training her toddler over a long weekend, boot-camp style. Find out how it worked.
By Caroline Starr July 4, Like some clueless first-time parents, we had this idea that our son would potty train himself. As he passed age two and a half, we occasionally convinced him to go outside his diaper, mostly in locations he found intriguing, like by the side of the road, in parks, on the grass and in the scuzziest restaurant bathrooms he could find.
But usually there was no interest. His third birthday loomed, and our progress stalled. Panic set in. The e-book is often mentioned in parenting groups and online and came with great reviews from friends. It promised stunningly fast results, even overnight. Should you try 3-day potty training? The book requires you to stick your kid in underwear, helicopter them and constantly remind them to tell you when they have to go, so they can identify the feeling for themselves.
This method means going cold turkey, which equates to no more diapers. No training pants. No nap or bedtime diapers.
Underwear become the norm. While some instructions felt questionable, such as offering lots of juice um, really? The night before Day 1 I ran around, buying all the wee undies I could find. We put him to bed and told him that tomorrow, there would be no more diapers. He laughed about this. Day 1 With our kiddo watching wide-eyed, we gathered up all the diapers and packed them up to give away.
The morning was a blur of juice, Paw Patrol and accident after accident: on the couch, nearly on the bed, crouching on the bath mat inches from the toilet. We quietly questioned whether we were doing the right thing. When we got him to do a little pee in the toilet around lunchtime, we created a celebratory dance, complete with an adorable underwear-clad bum wiggle.
This was a win, but tensions were high. We lined his bed with garbage bags and hoped for the best. We decided we would tweak the rules a bit the next day.
We would offer less juice, because keeping him in close quarters with such high energy levels was challenging. Day 2 We all slept in until around This meant we woke up to an enthusiastic announcement that his bed was wet. I did another load of laundry. We threw out underwear that were soiled beyond saving. By noon, my son declared he was tired of Smarties, and I went out for more trinkets to keep spirits up.
We figured out he preferred the toilet to the potty, and we focused our attentions on getting him to go there. Day 3 He woke up dry what?! Everything sort of fell into place from there.
Less stress for parents, fewer accidents, more high-fives. And when I picked him up at the end of the day, he was pleased to show me how he used the kid-sized toilets and had only gone through one wardrobe change all day. There are many ways to potty train.
The three-day boot camp worked for us. You will be tired of your family. It will be gross for a bit. But you will be diaper-free, which is worth every bit of short-term strain. Read more: 6 worst mistakes parents make when trying 3-day potty training Flush with success: solving toilet-training problems. Potty training We tried the 3-day potty training method—and it was intense One mom shares the highs and lows of toilet training her toddler over a long weekend, boot-camp style.
We tried the 3-day potty training method—and it was intense
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I cannot guarantee that your child will be potty trained at the conclusion of the 3 days, but together we can make a valiant go of it. The ability to speak back and forth with you was so comforting and encouraging! We started out having trouble with her thinking it was funny to go in her panties in front of us, but after trying some new tips that you gave me, she did it! We even went to my inlaws and she would stop playing to tell us she needed to go! She's even gone poopy on the potty chair!