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Hey there, moms and dads! If you have been dreading the whole potty training adventure with your little one, I have got some exciting news for you. I am here to spill all the tea on a tried and true method that can have your toddler ditching those diapers in just three days. Yes, you heard me right – three days! So, grab a cup of coffee (or maybe a glass of wine if it has been one of those days), and let us dive into the ultimate 3-day potty training method that works wonders for both boys and girls.

Now, before we jump right in, let us make sure we are on the same page. Potty training is not a walk in the park, and it is perfectly normal to feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. When I potty trained my boys I knew that it would be something that took dedication, patience, and consistency. The one thing I knew with both of my sons is that they loved Elmo and I used Elmo as a way to help me encourage that whether it was us reading the Elmo potty book or getting them an Elmo potty. I was ready to do whatever it took to get them potty trained once they showed an ounce of interest.

Day 1: The Kickstart

Day one is all about laying the groundwork. Here is what you need to do. Gather your potty training essentials – a kid-sized potty, some cute undies, a waterproof mattress protector, and a whole lot of patience. And do not forget the rewards. Stickers, small treats, or a high-five – anything that excites your little one about their potty victories.

Signs Of Readiness

  • When they pull down diapers, disposable training pants, or underwear.
  • When they show an interest in using the potty or wearing underwear.
  • When the child starts following simple instructions.
  • When the child understands and uses potty-related words to make the connection between the need to pee or poop and using the potty.
  • When the child keeps a diaper dry for at least 2 hours.

Now, it is showtime. You should prepare your mind to be in the house for 3 days and dedicate a space in the home for your child and the potty. The key is to set your phone timer for every 15 minutes. You want your child to drink as much as they want so their bladder will be full enough to go. It’s important that they do not have any bottoms for the day and you can put a towel down or two just in case. 

Introduce the potty to your toddler like it is their new best friend. Sit them on it and explain what it is for – you know, the whole “big kids use the potty” talk. Encourage them to try, but do not stress if nothing happens right away. It’s a bit of a marathon and not a sprint when it comes to day one.

Your child will have to get comfortable sitting in one spot so you can put on a show about going potty or have them read a book about going potty. You can set your alarm and everytime it goes off after 15 minutes you will need to say okay it’s time to go to the potty. It comes a little before or after the time, but once you have a rhythm going you will time it perfectly. 

The truth is, sometimes they will miss the potty and they will tinkle on the floor. You should stay calm and keep them encouraged that they are doing great. It’s okay to allow them to go when you go in between this time because imitation is key. Your little one will be a potty going machine.  This 3 Day Potty Training Method will give you some relief and you can focus on the end goal which is to have your little one potty trained in 3 days. 
Your little one will become restless at times and frustrated so it’s okay to let them have a break but you do not want to put that pull up back on. It’s okay to put on their big kid undies however you will need to track when they’re drinking so you know when to put them back on the potty. You should pat yourself on the back, it’s bedtime and you have survived potty training day one.

Day 2: Practice Makes Perfect

We are moving on to day two. By now, your child has a basic idea of what is expected. Now, we will focus on reinforcing those concepts and practicing, practicing, practicing. Get ready for some potty party action.

You will find it intriguing that they love to flush. My youngest son Jeremiah would get so upset if I flushed the toilet. It was something he took pride in. Please don’t flush that toilet! You can let your little one do the flushing.
Encourage your little ones to listen to their body signals and communicate their needs. If they are successful in using the potty, go all out with the praise and rewards. It is celebration time. But accidents happen, and that is okay too. Just calmly clean up the mess and remind your kiddo that accidents are part of learning. We are in this together, remember?

You can encourage them by saying let me know when you have to go potty. When you give them that responsibility of communicating to you if they feel like they have to go, they will gain more confidence to tell you “ Mommy I have to go potty.” Those words will be music to your ears because you will be one step closer to the finish line of this 3 Day Potty Training Method.

It’s important that you show them how to properly wipe themselves after using the restroom for girls.  The girls will know how to wipe from front to back, then toss it in the toilet, and flush. When it comes to the boys they can start with sitting and eventually you can let them try standing. The boys when standing of course their aim may be off so it’s okay to show them how to aim for the potty and score. 

Day 3: Independence Mode

Welcome to the final day, where we encourage independence and confidence. You have come so far, and now it is time to let your child take the lead. Remind them that they can do this – because they can. You will repeat the same things you did on days one and two.
Also, If your child pees around the same time each day it will help. You can also decide how you would like to refer to their body part. Some say pee-pee or wee-wee. Some moms may introduce the exact name, either way it is your choice what name you want to introduce to them.
Encourage your little one to use the potty without constant reminders. Let them take charge of their bathroom trips while you cheer them on from the sidelines. Expect a few slip-ups along the way, but trust me, they will get the hang of it.

They may not want to pee until the last second if they get wrapped up in playing or reading their book. You must remind them that when they feel it coming not to wait. If your kids love music like me you can even come up with a potty song or listen to different potty songs.

Who knows, they may come up with their own too. You can make it fun for them. Remind them of their reward and that final star they will be adding to their chart  to hang on the wall. You can give them a potty training certificate and cue the confetti. You have a potty trained toddler. 

Maintaining the Momentum

The three-day intensive training is over, but our potty training journey is far from finished. Keep in mind that accidents might still happen, and that is completely normal. Stay consistent with your routine, and be patient. Remember, it is all about progress, not perfection. 

If your child is in daycare or with the caregiver make sure they know that your child is potty trained and you prefer them to wear their undies. If they have an accident or two it’s okay as long as they have a good amount of clothes to change into they will be good to go.

Troubleshooting and Cheers to Success

Now, let us address some common challenges you might encounter. From potty resistance to unexpected accidents, we have got your back. Stay calm and adapt your approach as needed. You have got the superpower of mom’s intuition, after all.

You may leave the last day feeling accomplished or your child could decide they just don’t want to participate. It’s important to be understanding and give it a few weeks, block off your schedule and set aside the next 3 days to dedicate to potty training your little one.

And do not forget to celebrate every small win along the way. Potty training is a big deal, and your child deserves a pat on the back for their achievements. You have used the 3 day potty training method and all the other moms will wonder how you did it.

Remember it’s never too early to introduce them even if you allow them to go with you. The moment they show readiness it’s time. Every child will be ready at different times, don’t be discouraged if they don’t seem ready yet. My oldest son Stephen was potty trained in his own time and wasn’t in a rush and was potty trained by three years old and my youngest followed behind him. Jeremiah was determined to be potty trained by two years old.

It is not abnormal for your child to have a bit of a struggle when it comes to poopy time. They may try to avoid it, but make sure they feel relaxed and let them know it’s okay to poop into the potty. As time goes on your little one will be a pooping machine and a pro at it.

Night time Tips For Success

I know you may be thinking about the night time? Well, when your little one is showing they can sleep through the night with a dry diaper or pull-up, it’s time to say goodbye and hello to undies. After they master day time potty training go for the night time potty training, as it can take more time to master.

Even though there is no particular date, most little ones are potty trained by age five. Some children still tend to have trouble with bed wetting between the ages of five and seven. It usually goes away on its own, bladder control can take some time.

If for any reason you have concerns it’s important to speak with their pediatrician. If your child wets the bet at times it’s important to not over react and keep a cool head because accidents happen. You want your little one to know that you see them trying and you are still proud of their progress.

As soon as your little one wakes up, it’s important to diaper or pull-up to avoid regression. If there is regression, just know there is always time, and the older they get the easier it becomes. You want them to progress, so the sooner they are out of the diaper and pull-ups the better.

Does the 3 day potty training really work?

There are alot of parents that love the 3 day potty training method, however many pediatricians recommend caution while using accelerated methods and a more child lead approach.

What day of the potty training is the hardest?

The first day is the hardest. As the days go on it can become easier as you and the child adjust.

What happens after day 3 of potty training?

You can remain consistent in having them use the restroom and get the caregiver on board with assisting them with going potty. They will still have accidents, however you are no longer allowing them to wear diapers or pull up unless it’s during bed-time.

Well There You Have It!

Fellow parents, the 3-day potty training method can be used for both boys and girls. Remember to be patient and understanding throughout this journey. Celebrate every small milestone and keep that positive energy flowing. Don’t forget to take the famous potty picture for memories. With your support and determined spirit, your little one will soon walk proudly in their big kid undies. So, grab that potty, put on a smile, and get ready for potty training success. Cheers to you and your amazing little one.

If you’re ready to dive deeper into the messy (but rewarding!) world of potty training, our blogs regarding potty training girls and potty training boys will spill all the candid details and practical strategies you’ll need to navigate this adventure successfully.

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