My son is getting to the age of the dreaded potty training! I have heard and seen many horror stories related to potty training, and this is not the time I have looked forward too to say the least. Well until, I was given two methods sure fire methods that worked from friends. There are two different techniques that my friends have raved about. One method is from birth to twelve months, so I will have to try it with my next one. :) The other technique is for older children.
- Elimination Communication This method starts at birth and is based on countries who never use diapers. There are many different books you can find at the library that explain this method well. I really like the idea of this method, and I have friends that really love it. I am planning on trying this with my second child. I will then update this post as to the outcome. :)
Potty Training in 3 Days This method promises that potty training can be done in 3 days. I have a friend that used this method with all five of her children, and swears by it. I have also met many parents at day care that absolutely love this method. I have looked forward to trying this method for some time now and excited to finally share with you my own personal review! :) I wanted to definitely wait until my son could walk, which wasn't until almost sixteen months! Crazy! :) Then I needed to wait until I had a clear schedule, which resulted in him being seventeen months and one week old when we started.
I looked through several different 3 day methods and finally ended purchasing this e-book for ten dollars. I read it all the way through about two days before we actually started and then headed out to buy the needed supplies. It is a pretty simple and straight forward method. Here is a list of the items you will need to start:
- Potty Chair
- 100% Juice
- Salty snacks
- Old towels
- Absolutely clear schedule
It is pretty vital to your child's success that you have absolutely nothing planned. For me this meant that I cleaned the entire house well and did all the laundry before I started. I also planned extremely simple meals with basically no prep time. If you have other children, it is best if you do it when your husband can take care of them entirely. If your time is diverted by anything at all, this method will not work.
So with a clean house and clear schedule, we started upon my son's awaking Thursday morning. Since this was all new to him, he was a little interested by the whole process and was perfectly fine with his potty until I tried to sit him on the big potty. He screamed even if I put him on the toilet lid just to help him acclimate to it, so we totally ditched the idea of the big potty to start. I would tackle that issue later.
The first day we had a total of three accidents and one partial accident, which I thought was pretty good. We learned the baby sign for potty and watched a couple of signing videos to help. He loved the fact that he had my undivided attention all day long, so he was pretty happy. He also got juice which is something he never gets, so he was having a good day.
I followed the method to the T outlined in the book, and it worked great for us. We did not do bribes but a lot of praise for success, and my son relished in that! His little face would beam with pride when he had success, and he loved hearing his grandparents, aunts, and dad tell him what a great job he was doing over the phone.
From day two through day four, he would cry when I set him on the potty after awakening, but by day five this stopped. On day two he only had two accidents, and he successfully went poop in the potty two times. I was pretty excited about this because I honestly thought that he would be one of those kids who refused to poop on the potty. I was pretty glad I was wrong. :)
We started using the underwear and pants on day three, and because of that, we had three accidents. On the bright side though, he started signing to me that he needed to use the potty, which was a huge break through. He wasn't consistent with it, and I still had to ask him every forty-five minutes, but it was a step in the right direction.
Day four was a Sunday, and I was super nervous taking him to church. I just knew he was going to have an accident every hour, and that it would be a colossal disaster. I am super glad that most of most suppositions do not come true. :) It was actually our first accident free day and we even ate at a restaurant! :) He was still terrified of the big toilet, so I brought his little potty along and kept it in the car. Kind of gross, but very helpful. I would definitely suggest that you purchase a travel potty, which we are planning to do anyways because some public bathrooms can be disgusting. Back to the story, I took him out of his class every forty minutes to take him potty, and it worked like a charm.
On day five, we had one accident in the morning, partly because I was busy making breakfast and not paying attention to him, and because I did not choose that great of a little potty for him. He tries his best to be independent and take himself, but his potty, although an adorable frog, has two humps that don't allow him to be able to sit on it himself. Obviously, I was a new mom when I bought it. :)
Day six we had some friends over, and he had two accidents. I think he was a little distracted when they were there because the rest of the day he did perfect. For the future, I need to pay closer attention to him when we have company.
Day seven was another accident free day along with day eight. He is beginning to tell me most of the time when he needs to go potty, and is now loving the big potty! My friend let me borrow a little step stool and potty seat, and he gets very excited to be able to do it himself. I am pretty sure in another week or two, he will have it mastered.
I have loved seeing him grow into this new skill and learn to master it with confidence. It is so refreshing to see how proud he is of his accomplishments as he continues to master the art. He has truly done a great job with it, and I definitely recommend this method to any friend. Looking back here are a couple things I would do different though along with a few words of experience:
- Make sure that you have three days of undivided attention, honestly if you don't, this method will not work for you. You have to be able to catch and correct every accident as it happens. The book explains this very well.
- This is not difficult to do at all, but it is mundane and boring! I was super bored by day one hour two of just sitting and playing. I would definitely recommend that you go to the library and get some really good audios to listen to. This will really help the time pass. I made a playlist on my computer for day two, and it made a huge difference!
- Have lots of patience and make it fun! If mom is stressed the child will be stressed as well.
- If you already know the times they normally poop, put them on the potty, and distract them by watching a video on your phone. This helps them not think about what they are doing, and if they go poop on the potty the first time with no issues, they are likely to do it again.
This wraps up the end of my potty training in 3 days review. Please comment below and tell me what your potty training secrets are :)