Any parent who’s potty trained will understand the excitement when your child has finally got the hang of it. Potty training can be a stressful process if not done well, but it doesn’t have to be. If a first-time-mama like me managed it without any knowledge or help, I believe anyone can.
After months of ignoring all posts about, Potty Training in 3 days or something alike, I finally decided it was to toilet train. I didn’t want to give it a timeframe as I didn’t want it to be a stressful process for both of us. Quite honestly, in my mind I thought 3 days was just too short a time to train a little person to do something they’ll have to master for the rest of their lives. However, I was in for a (pleasant) surprise!
For months, I had noticed lil’ T was ready to use the potty/toilet but hadn’t really paid much attention to it. But, one Saturday I finally decided I’d start by showing her the potty wasn’t only a footstool for her washing hands BUT she could use it to do business in there. With daddy at home, it meant her and I could play and trial etc without worrying about other stuff like household chores. Not such a big job I know, but I thought what better day to start than when you not so busy. Honestly, within a few days I had gotten a surprise of my life and that’s why I’m ready to share a few tips:
- Timing is of importance
When people say, “is he/she showing signs of readiness?”, they’re warning you – it can only be easy if they’re ready!
Little one has to be ready otherwise it’ll be a long and frustrating process for everyone involved. Things like showing an interest in the bathroom, wanting to be changed just after pooping etc are all tell-tale signs they’re ready!
- Train before you start training
If possible, start by getting little one used to the idea of sitting on the potty/toilet with or without pants. This is a good way of getting them familiar with it. If you’re lucky, they may actually do something in there while playing but don’t take this as serious coz it may be an unconscious thing. The goal here is to get them comfortable on the seat so when you start training they’re not rushing to get off it.
- Go cold turkey
Yep, that’s right – remove diapers or training pants and let them wear normal underwear or just their ordinary trousers.
With a diaper on, little ones know they’re safe. So even if they notify you, they may do so after or while doing something in there. BUT without them pants/diapers, they’ll see & feel their urine/poop flowing so it will register that something needs to be done. And with time they’ll hold it off while they get to the toilet/potty or wait for you to get it ready till they release. Which means, they’ll train faster.
This was a big one for us. Lil’ T changed a few times the 1st day, and a few less the following day. THEN voila, she had gotten the hang of it!
Like most things with kids, patience is vital. When we initially started training lil’ T, the few times she messed her pants I actually wondered how long the whole process was gonna take. But with patience and encouragement, we got there in no time. Quite honestly, we only had a few accidents and setbacks.
- Praise / Encourage
I don’t think I’m the only one with a child who loves praise??! Anybody else?…
Anyway, positive reinforcement is the way to go. We went with lots of “well done”, “good girl”, “yeah” etc. This helped motivate her. Some use stickers/stars to encourage – anything that works really!
- Tailor it to you
The beauty of raising your own child is doing things your way depending on your beliefs. Anyone who knows me well knows I’m big on tailoring things to myself and doing what works best for me or my circumstances. If you give me a recipe, I’m most likely going to change ingredients or something and do it my way…
SO with potty training, it was a household thing NOT a process thing. Working around us and our routine made it an easy and stress-free process.
I suppose after all this you’re curious to know how many days we took?? Well, wait for it….
3 days! Yep! We didn’t aim for 3 days but we actually did it in 3 days. By 1 week she was sleeping without diapers or pants on and no accidents during the night! That’s my girl!
If you haven’t done it before, it’s totally doable! If you have done it, I’m sure you’ve had your own experiences! Keen to hear your thoughts!
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