20 Apr How To Successfully Potty Train In 3 Days
My daughter first started showing interest in the potty when she was 18 months. One day, she said she wanted to go to the potty so we just sat her there and she peed on her own. That was pretty exciting for us but we didn’t do anything after that because her school won’t be able to do potty training until she’s in the 2’s room. Since my husband and I work full time during weekdays and she’s mostly in school, we didn’t want her getting confused; so we decided to wait until she has moved up to the 2’s room, where they’ll be taught how to use the potty, before we start potty training at home.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving weekend (she was 2 years & 4 months old) last year, since we have 4 days off from work, I decided to start potty training her. The first day was really stressful for both of us. She got really anxious about using the potty that she decided she wants to withhold her poop (she’s been withholding her poop for a while now). She was able to pee in the potty 4 times (which I honestly think is great for day 1) but missed 9 times. Needless to say, I needed a couple of bottles of beer that night. The second day was shorter because we decided to go to the National Harbor Aquarium. And the days after that, I decided to not do anything at all because I’m worried she’s going to withhold her poop again. I decided to wait a little bit longer until “hopefully” she’s ready.
It wasn’t until the New Year’s weekend when I decided to try potty training her again. I don’t know; she didn’t really show signs that she’s more ready than a month ago, but somehow I just wanted to try again. I guess I want to think it’s my mom’s instinct that told me to. But true enough, she did it! She was potty trained in 3 days!!! Let me just tell you, my husband and I are no experts when it comes to potty training. But it really just amazed me that it all happened so fast that I wanted to share with you what worked for us, in the hopes that it could work for you as well. It’s helpful to note though, that the combination of all these things (at least, that’s what I think), is what really helped.
She Was Ready
I honestly think her readiness played a huge role in our potty training success. No matter how good we were in explaining to her that the pee and poop should go in the potty, if she was not ready, she won’t do it. After all, it’s her body; I guess that’s why she’s been deciding if she wants to withhold her poop or not.
I did some reading before starting to potty train her and found some list that will say if your kid is ready or not. I honestly think that those signs are just guide to help you assess when to do it; because she pretty much checked all the boxes on those lists like being able to remove her clothes or being able to tell us that she’s peeing or pooping, yet it was still a struggle for us when we tried to do it the first time. Those lists aren’t surefire way to tell you that it’s time to start potty training.
And I’d like to think that potty training is similar to anything in our life – if you’re ready and open to it, everything will go smoothly. And I think that’s what happened to us. She was ready and no longer scared of the potty, so she learned to master it as fast as she could.
Remove The Diaper Entirely
I had a friend who told me before that her daughter’s potty training went so much faster when they visited India. She said she wasn’t sure if it’s because it was a new environment for her daughter or because she completely stopped using diaper. I made sure to remember that so I can try it for myself when it’s my turn to potty train my daughter.
I tried it for the first time in November and I’m thinking maybe that’s the reason why she was able to pee in the potty for 4 times successfully, because somehow she grasped the idea that pee needs to go in the potty but it still didn’t work out for us because she wasn’t ready then.
A month after, when I did the exact same thing, she did really great; and she peed and pooped most of the time in the potty. I actually kept track of her progress to send as part of my email to her (I created email addresses for both my kids which I would send emails to whenever they just hit a milestone and I plan to give them the password to it when they turn 18 so they’d know every little detail of their life); and since I already have it, I decided to share it with you as well so you can see her progress.
|Day 1||1 poop; 1 pee; 1 miss (pee)|
|Day 2||0 poop; 4 pee; 1 miss (pee)|
|Day 3||2 poop; 7 pee; 0 miss|
For 3 days, she did amazing! But it got me worried that she won’t do as great in the school since she needs to be comfortable to be able to express herself; and the teacher that she’s going to be with the whole day has just started the week before Christmas. She wore diaper in the school and I kept reminding her (before she went to sleep, during breakfast, on our way to school, at the school) that she has to tell her teacher that she needs to go to the potty. But unfortunately, she didn’t. As soon as we got home, she started going to the potty again just like she did over the New Years weekend.
The next day she went to school, we decided to not use diapers at all (only use it during nap time) with the consent of the school director; and she peed in the potty the whole day. She did really great the entire week while she’s at school and continued to do great until now.
I can definitely say that completely stopping to use diapers really helped because we’ve seen the difference when she was wearing one and when she wasn’t.
Praise & Reward
During our potty training, we gave my daughter different rewards for when she pees and when she poops. I give more rewards for poop because as I’ve mentioned earlier, she’s been withholding her poop for a while; and the fact that she’s willingly doing it in the potty has been a great achievement for her. We give one small chocolate for pee and 2 for poop. Or sometimes we give her an ice cream treat. Now you may think that that’s a very unhealthy way of rewarding her; but my kids always eat healthy – they eat fruits and veggies ALL THE TIME. So I don’t really have a problem giving them chocolate or ice cream every once in a while; especially since my daughter had been doing a really great job with her potty training. We’ve discovered this chocolate-covered raisins and she really liked it! That’s a win-win for me because that also helped with her poop withholding.
Whenever she peed or pooped in the potty, everyone in the house, including my parents, continually praised her. I literally danced like a crazy person when she pooped in the potty for the first time and I caught her smiling. These things, seem to be little things for us, but I think it meant a lot to her.
It’s been over 4 months since she’s potty trained and I’m glad to share that she’s still doing great. She has been wearing underwear since then; and only use diapers when taking a nap and when she sleeps at night, which I’ve yet to tackle. She has had a couple of accidents only because we didn’t go to the potty soon enough. She’d usually cry and tell me she’s a bad girl because she peed on her pants; but I continuously reassure her that she’s not a bad girl; and that it’s fine, accidents happen, and I still love her no matter what.
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