You’ve probably heard of potty training a child in a weekend — sometimes called a 3-day potty training boot camp — and wondered if these programs actually work. The answer? Not often! The three-day potting training method assumes that potty training is a simple process and that once your toddler learns the new routine, they’ll simply march their way to the bathroom. This may work with kids who have easygoing personalities and like to follow the rules, but it’s safe to say that toddlers like that aren’t the majority. If you’re looking for a more realistic approach, read on for some ideas!
Things To Consider Before You Start Potty Training in 3 Days
Step 1: Potty Training Readiness
- Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper.
- Hiding to pee or poop.
- Showing interest or copying the behavior of people who are using the bathroom.
- Staying dry in their diaper for longer than usual.
- Waking up dry from a nap.
- Telling you that they’re about to go or have just gone.
Step 2: Potty Personality
- Shy Personality: Nervous, resistant to change
- Cautious Personality: Follows directions, careful and detailed
- Eager-to-Please Personality: Ready and willing
- Free-Spirited Personality: Independent, fun-loving
- High-Energy Personality: Driven, energetic, easily distracted
Step 3: Gathering Potty Training Essentials
- A small potty or child potty seat
- A step stool
- Pull-Ups® training pants
- Foamy soap (kids love it!)
- A reward chart and other incentives
Step 4: How to Talk About Potty Training
Just be sure to keep them consistent, so you don’t confuse your little one.
Step 5: Demonstration
Potty Training In 3 Days: Daily Guide
Throughout the day, make sure to keep their sippy cup full of water, milk, or even their favorite juice. Making sure your child is well hydrated will increase the number of trips to the bathroom to practice even more.
Lastly, make sure to take them to the bathroom on a consistent schedule, including before nap time and bedtime. Whether you decide to have them wear diapers or training pants to bed is entirely up to you. Whichever route you decide to take, make sure to keep a routine for your child to catch on to.
Day Two and Three
Remember accidents will happen, and the most important thing is to not make a big deal of it. Adding pressure and a fear of failure may only elongate the potty training process. Simply remind your child that “pee and poop goes in the potty,” and keep positively reinforcing when they have bathroom victories.
Together, you and your potty training child have an exciting adventure ahead. Make it a fun one!