In a world where everyone is moving at a fast pace, it often becomes frustrating for parents to devote so much time to potty training.
Repeatedly failing can discourage them further and they might show this disappointment to their child.
A new training method that helps children to get trained in three days has been tried successfully by a lot of parents.
The Preparation for 3-day Potty Training
You will need entire three days for this training so devote all your time to the child during this period. Therefore this training is best suited to weekends and is also called as “weekend training”.
Do not make any plans for the training weekend and cancel all the appointments you have for the weekend until and unless it is absolutely necessary.
This step might appear as challenging to some parents, especially the ones with a very active social and professional circle but these three days are worth it.
There are few materials that will be required for the training. These materials should be available at all the times to make the training more efficient.
- Quite a number of freestanding potty chairs. Do not just buy one chair.
There should be enough chairs to cover all the important areas of the house.
- Lots of cleaning supplies. There should be plenty of rugs, mops and other cleaning supplies with a good amount of cleaning detergent.
- Fluids like juices and shakes and food items like watermelons or popsicles. Basically anything that increases the fluid intake of your child.
- Salty snacks like crackers and nuts, which will make your child, feel thirsty, hence more fluid consumption.
- Several sets of loose fitting pants since there will be a lot of accidents at the first day of the training.
Make a potty dance routine that will involve enthusiastically singing and cheering someone whenever they use the toilet. Involve other family members in the dance routine.
It can be anything from a simple clap and jump routine to a more lyrical act. The song should have motivational and encouraging gestures.
It should not be random in nature and do not change it every time. This is like a group motto song that will be required a lot during these three days.
The preparation for the three-day training starts two to three weeks before the actual training. During this period you have to make your child observe potty routine closely.
Take them to the toilet when you need to relieve yourself. If you are uncomfortable peeing in front of your child you can just act like it and not do it in real.
Speak aloud every step you take from pulling down your pants to using the toilet paper.
Do not tell your child to do anything.
This is just a preparatory phase and here you are creating a base for the real training. When you use the toilet, your partner and other family members can sing the potty song.
Every time you go to the toilet, sing this song and your child will connect potty time to a fun and celebration time. Every family member should try to follow this step whenever possible so that the child gets accustomed to the potty celebration situation.
Place all the potty chairs in the areas most visited by your child.
Do not instruct them to use it right away.
Just let the chairs lie around and out of curiosity your child will try to sit on it. You have to depict the potty chair more like a normal toy chair and your child will start to get comfortable around them.
A week before the training, start disposing the diaper stack in front of your child. The reason this training is so effective is it is no-diaper training.
For three days your child will not wear any kind of diaper, training pants or underwear. They are only allowed to wear loose cotton pants if they have to be taken outside.
Children dislike wearing diapers a lot. Use this fact to your advantage. During this period keep telling your child that you will play a game in the coming weekend during which they can roam around absolutely naked.
Nothing brings more comfort to children than the thought of running around naked without any obstruction. Feed daily this information to your child and they will get really enthusiastic for the training by the end of the week.
The point here is to lure the child into training but not bribe them with treats or gifts as they might get spoiled in future.
Gather Up Supplies for Potty Training
The first step on the road to potty independence is making sure you have the right supplies to get you there. You can find nearly anything for potty training these days – from germ blocking potty gloves to baby urinals.
But, you don’t really need all those frills; in fact your life will be much easier if you stick to the basics.
1 – Baby’s First Potty
First things first, you’re going to need a potty for baby. Now, this can be a standalone potty just for your little one or an attachment seat for your own grown-up size potty.
The choice is yours, though if you go with the potty seat attachment, be sure you have a step stool for your little one to easily get on and off.
Some parent-trusted potties are: the Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty – it’s very comfortable and looks very stylish, which can blends pretty well with your bathroom decor. An easy to remove pot and high splash guard for boys make clean up quick and simple. The high back seat provides additional comfort and support for your little one.
The Safety 1st Talkin’ Tunes Potty (which includes a handle that makes a flushing sound and plays a specific encouragement message that you can record yourself)…
And the Munchkin Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 Potty Seat (which can be used as a standalone toddler potty or you can remove the top seat and use it on an adult toilet – also this potty comes with a built-in wipes dispenser and deodorizing disk to keep the stink level down).
2 – Training Pants/Underwear
To help things go smoother and to make things more fun, take your little one with you and let them pick out their own “big kid” undies! Pull-Up diapers (which have less absorbency than normal diapers) are a great solution for nighttime, especially when first starting out.
They may help avoid multiple nighttime sheet changes.
3 – Easy On/Off Clothes
It’s time to put away those adorable overalls and tight baby leggings. Your little one will need clothes (especially pants) that are easy to get off in order to avoid accidents.
Look for loose-fitting pants with elastic waists and avoid belts or clips which may be hard for rushed little fingers to get undone in time. For nighttime, use two-piece pajamas instead of the footed “onesie” kind.
You should be sure to have an assortment of potty-training books (for parents and child) on hand as visual aids and tension easers. Some great ones to look for are: “The Potty Book” (there are editions specific to boys and girls), “P is for Potty” (Sesame Street themed), or “Potty Time” (complete with ‘flush’ sound effect button).
You can also look for potty training videos like: Go Potty Go or even episodes of some of their favorite shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that highlight potty training.
5 – Rewards
Nothing promotes good, consistent behavior like rewards! Try giving your child a fun snack or candy to keep them motivated. If you’d like to avoid food-related treats, a sticker chart can be a great idea – let them add one of their favorite stickers each time they go.
Another idea is to buy your child a poster they really want for their room and cover the image with post-it notes. When they use the potty, they get to remove a post-it and when all the notes are gone, they can enjoy the poster!
6 – Fun Soap/Washcloths
One of the most important things to teach along with potty training is good hygiene after you go. To make hand-washing feel like less of a chore, opt for fun foamy soaps or cute washcloths in all different colors.
On a related note, you may want to consider picking up a pack of flushable wipes. These are similar to baby wipes, but break down in the sewer. They clean a little easier and more thoroughly than toilet paper alone.
7 – Mattress Protector and Extra Sheets
Your little one will inevitably wet the bed during this time so it’s a good idea to invest in some extra sheets and a good cover for their bed. Sheets and clothes can be easily washed, but once an accident soaks into the mattress it is much more difficult to clean up.
One tried-and-true tip is to double layer your child’s bed–protector over the mattress, followed by one fitted sheet, and then a second layer of protector and sheet.
That way, if your little one has an accident in the middle of the night, just peel off the top sheet and protector and send them back to bed–no rummaging in the closet and fighting with the mattress at two o’clock in the morning.
8 – Cleaning Supplies
Accidents WILL happen, so make sure you have plenty of paper towels, clean-up rags, and appropriate disinfecting sprays to deal with them. A good stain-removing spray and laundry detergent is also essential.
Setting the Stage for Potty Training Success
The right age for your child to start potty training can range from anywhere between eighteen months to two years old, so it can be difficult for you to figure out exactly when to set the stage.
However, experts recommend that you begin talking to your child about potty training right after the first birthday.
This will spark the child’s interest, as well as make him aware and comfortable with the whole idea of going to the potty.
Here are the six steps to helping your child have develop the right mind-set about potty training:
- Get Your Child Accustomed to the Potty As Soon As Possible
This initial step is crucial before your child is ready to be potty trained.
Once he is ready, the potty will no longer appear strange to him. One way of getting him comfortable with the potty is to let him spend some time sitting on the toilet while you take a shower or get dressed.
- Put Pottying in a Positive Light
It helps to play up the benefits of going to the potty for your child’s benefit, especially before you attempt getting rid of his diapers. You could exclaim that it’s fun to go diaper-free and start wearing underwear instead.
You might also say in an encouraging way that it would be great when he soon flushes the toilet the way his parents do.
The important thing is to refrain from saying it’s babyish to keep wearing diapers, which might lead him to develop an attitude of resistance towards you and potty training.
- Get Your Child Comfortable with Bathroom Talk
You may choose to use slang or babyish terms when introducing the potty to your child, or you may decide on using formal words instead. Either way, it is important that you consistently use the choice of words you have decided on so that your child becomes comfortable with bathroom talk.
It also helps if you avoid saying things like “yucky” or “smelly” around your child when handling his used diapers. This way, he will view toileting and removing his bowels as a completely natural thing to do.
- Recognize Your Child’s Grown-Up Behavior In General
You should not use potty training as an overall marker of your child’s development. Show your support for his grown-up behavior in general without pressuring him to act older.
For example, you could praise him for sharing his toys with his friends and for drinking from a sippy cups without spilling the contents.
- Read All About Potty Training
By the time he is 18 months old, you could start introducing your child to potty training through books that will teach him about it.
It helps if the books you choose are written in a way that your child can easily understand, and if they have familiar characters.
However, don’t compare him to the characters; just let them help him warm up to the idea of going to the potty.
- Be Realistic in Your Expectations
Each child has a unique timetable when it comes to potty training. It does not mean that your second child will be potty training on his first birthday, simply because his older brother or sister did the same thing.
Going to the potty is a natural process that you cannot force. You should just allow it to happen on your child’s terms; doing otherwise will only make your child frustrated with potty training, and may delay the whole process.
Choosing the Perfect Potty Seat for Your Child
Once your child is ready to be potty trained, it is time for you to purchase the perfect potty seat for him to use. It would be better to take your child along with you when you shop.
This will help you see which potty features work best for your child and help you make the best decision. It also helps to keep the following things in mind when choosing a potty seat for your child:
- Make Sure to Plan for Potty Storage Space
The best way to plan for storage space is to consider which type of potty training seat you want to purchase. You may choose between a stand-alone potty and a seat reducer.
- Stand-Alone Potty
A stand-alone potty allows your child to get on and off without your help. In cases when he takes a long time before being able to go, the stand-alone potty also helps prevent him from hogging the family toilet to himself.
Letting your child have a stand-alone potty for himself also enables you to have a demonstration in potty training.
Choose a stand-alone potty that meets your size (its seat must accommodate your child’s bottom comfortably), safety (the seat should be stable), and simplicity (it should be easy to use and clean) requirements.
- Seat Reducer
A seat reducer is a toilet device you place on top of your regular toilet seat. It is a great way of reducing the seat’s ring size so that your child can sit comfortably.
You may opt for a seat reducer if you are looking for a less expensive way of potty training your child, and if lack of extra floor space is an issue for you.
Your child will have the advantage of getting used to the regular toilet, while you also gain the benefit of having less mess to clean after each use.
- Choose the Potty with a Good Fit
It can be daunting to buy a potty when you have various heights and rim sizes to choose from. Just keep in mind that a good fit is important, one that lets your child’s bottom sit comfortably.
Pass up on potty models that has your child’s bottom almost going through the inside rim or spilling over the seat. Choose the potty that has your child sitting solidly on its seat while letting his feet planted firmly on the floor.
- Consider Choosing a Potty Seat with a Splash Guard
A splash guard is especially helpful in potty training your child if he is a boy. Using one will help reduce your time in cleaning up afterwards.
It is important to select a splash guard that keeps the pee in the potty by being high enough, but not so high that your child will have a difficult time trying to sit down on it.
- Make Room for Additional Fun Features
A potty that comes with magical wand reward song or a race car flushing noise might just help increase your child’s willingness to be potty trained, so it helps to pick one that has extra fun features like a theme, song, or light and sound effects.
However, keep in mind that no light show or fancy song can take the place of your praise for your child’s efforts. You will be better off giving your child a big hug or a special song and dance routine than by going for electronic extras.
- Check How Easy or Difficult It Is to Empty the Potty
This tip is particularly important when choosing a stand-alone potty. Make sure you have checked the number of steps you are required to take in cleaning and emptying a potty.
Potty training your child may become difficult simply because you have disassemble your child’s potty afterwards every time he uses it.
The Three days of Potty Training
After you have successfully completed the preparations for the three-day training, get started with it on the weekend!
One of the most important things that you will do today is to wake up as soon as you know your child is awake. If your child stays and plays quietly in their room and you usually go back to sleep, this is no longer an option. We want to start the day off with the actions that we want your child to begin to take.
We want to begin teaching the habit of using the bathroom as soon as the child wakes up. The only way that can happen is if you get up as soon as you hear your child.
If you are a deep sleeper and you know the average time your child usually wakes up, then you should set an alarm for before that time. You need to be awake and ready from the moment your child wakes up.
If your body and your child’s body can handle it, this needs to be a day of salty foods and pushing lots of liquids. Simply stated, we must create the urge to pee as often as possible.
You and your partner need to do the same thing. You can use your child’s favorite beverage or simply push drinking a lot of water.
Be careful not to have your child drink so much that they get a tummy ache. The goal is to do this with as little frustration and stress as possible.
Your child should be taken to the potty every 15 – 30 minutes to try and pee or poop during the day. This is the reason why it is important that you clear your schedule.
If you have a smart phone, you can use your timer to remind you or you can download a free potty training app to remind you when it is time to go to the potty.
Anytime you or your partner need to use the bathroom, the child needs to go along into the bathroom. This allows them to continue to learn the steps of using the bathroom. It also helps if you verbalize the steps involved.
- Step One
“Oh! I need to go pee or poop. It is time to go into the bathroom.”
- Step Two
Pull down my pants.
- Step Three
Pull down my underwear next.
- Step Four
Now, sit on the potty to use it.
- Step Five
Do you hear that sound? It is pee or poop coming out of my body!?
- Step Six
Time to wipe.
- Step Seven
Time to pull up my underwear.
- Step Eight
Pull up my pants.
- Step Nine
Time to flush the potty.
- Step Ten
Now it is time to wash my hands with warm water and soap.
It’s important that you use the proper words to explain what your body is doing. They need to know and understand that these things are normal.
Any time your child successfully pees or poops in the potty, even if it is very little, it is a time to be celebrated. Use your special potty dance and reward your child with a sticker or whatever reward you’ve decided to use.
Remember that the goal isn’t necessarily that a child learns to associate a reward with using the bathroom.
The goal is to condition your child into using the toilet instead of needing a diaper. Other rewards that aren’t dependent on physical gains (such as candy or stickers) include high fives and verbal praise.
Verbal praise can be as simple as saying what a good job they did by using the potty. You can reinforce it by telling them how smart and “big” they are because they used the potty.
Statistics have shown that around ten successful times of using the potty, children start to associate what they are doing (peeing or pooping) with the potty. It’s important to stick with it even if there are accidents. Children, floors, furniture, and clothing can be washed.
If an accident happens , it’s okay. Just clean it up and keep going. However, if your child has an accident you should note tell them that what they did is okay.
You should, of course, give a feeling of reassurance that although they made a mistake , they are still loved and accepted . Remind them in a kind but firm way that pee and poop must be done on the potty.
It is important that you do not yell at your child or try to shame your child when accidents happen. This is a big adjustment for your child. Your child can and should help clean up any accidents that occur.
They do not and should not do it alone. Put your hand over their head as the mess is cleaned up.
It is perfectly acceptable to use a diaper or a pull up during nap time and at bed time. Take them to use the potty before nap time or bed time.
This builds the habit of using the toilet before bed. As time goes on, this will reduce the number of wetting while asleep. Once your child wakes up dry on a very regular basis, you might begin the process of letting them sleep without a diaper.
Useful Tips For Day 1
- Tip #1: Remember That This Is A New Experience For You Both
This is a new experience for both of you. They will get the hang of it with time. Rome was not built in a single day. Although the goal is to potty train in three days, the key to this is repetition and consistency.
- Tip #2: Always Use Positive Reinforcement
Reward your child when they do use the potty. The goal is to begin to build the connection between the body’s actions and using the toilet.
- Tip #3: Let Your Child Know When It Is Time To Go Potty
Do not ask your child if they need to go potty. You are the parent. You should make it a short command. “It is time to go potty.” You could also say, “Let’s go use the potty.”
This is not something that they have a choice to do. This is new to them.
Your child may still be associating the feelings the body sends to the brain into the proper actions. You facilitate this by giving them an instruction to go use the potty.
- Tip #4: Make Sure That You Use Words
Use your words. When they pee or poop or when they see you pee or poop, tell them what is going on. Use the proper words. This action helps reinforce that they are doing the right thing and that nothing is wrong.
Today, we are going to add something new to the routine that we followed on Day 1. We are also going to inject a little bit of fun into the day. We’re sure that you and your child are probably tired of being in the house all day.
After your complete your morning routine, begin to go about your day as normal while sticking to the schedule from yesterday. You can increase the time between mandatory trips to the potty , but keep it relatively short since the connection is still being built with the actions and using the potty.
At some point during the day directly after they’ve used the potty, make an announcement that since they’ve used the potty it is time to go outside and play. If you have inclement weather , think of a fun indoor activity.
You can use going outside to play or the fun indoor activity as a reward today for using the potty. Get your child dressed. Use underwear and not a diaper.
Stay close to home and have extra clothing with you since accidents happen. Play outside or participate in your indoor activity for an hour.
The goal is to help teach your child to use the bathroom when they are told to use the bathroom. This is just like when we were children and our parents would tell us to use the bathroom before we left for a car trip.
If your child indicates during play time that they need to use the toilet, immediately stop the activity and take them in to the bathroom. If you are playing outside in your back yard and you have a privacy fence then you can take one of your training potties outside with you.
Of course, you should only do that if the weather is appropriately warm and there is enough privacy for your child. However, your child may not tell you if they need to use the potty.
Watch for signs that they need to use the bathroom. A few signs that your child may show to indicate that they need to use the potty:
- Watch for changes in your child’s facial expressions. This is particularly true if your child needs to poop. You can look for signs of strain.
- Your child may grab at their genitals if they need to pee. Anytime your child grabs their genitals.
Say, “Let’s go use the potty.” Stop what you are doing and take them to use the potty.
They may get upset that the activity must be paused. Reassure them that it’s okay and that they can continue their activity after they use the potty. Then, make sure that you follow through.
After they use the toilet, allow them to resume their previous activity.Remember to keep things stress free. Don’t use negative words or blame during the second day.
If there is an accident, follow the advice given for day one. Work with your child to clean it up and remind them that pee and poop belongs only in the potty.
Useful Tips For Day 2
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the middle of the potty training program. That is an amazing and exciting point. If your child is still struggling, don’t worry.
Sometimes it just takes a little longer. It’s hard to really know how much our children associate and understand since we can’t read their minds. This is one reason why repetition is key.
- Tip #1: Go Outside
When you take your trip outside, do not go too far away from the house. The goal is to keep them dry and successful. Children have small bladders.
They also may not have total control over their ability to hold their bladder. To help keep them successful, stay close to home so that you can get them to a potty as soon as possible.
- Tip #2: If There Is An Accident, It Is Ok
If they have an accident and you are too far away from home to make it to the potty in time, it’s okay. You should reassure them and let them know that sometimes accidents happen.
Remind them that we always want to do our best to make it to the potty in time. This is also why you should keep an extra set of dry clothes with you.
- Tip #3: Do Not Drive Anywhere!
Don’t set out on a drive. You don’t want to keep your child away from the potty or away from home where all of their potties are located.
It might be a little confusing for them to be in a place where they see no potties. This three day training is all about building the connection.
This is your third and final day of intensive potty training. You and your child have done a lot of hard work the past two days. Today will be no different, but now you are continuing to build a habit in their mind to use the potty.
Clearly, you want to continue your routine from day one. Today is different because you will go outside more than once. Schedule your outside time according to the weather and around your daily activities.
Before you go outside each time, let your child know about the plan and take them to use the potty first. Remember, you can use going outside as the reward for using the potty.
Both times that you go outside, you want to full dress them. Part of learning to use the potty includes pulling down pants and underwear as well as pulling them up. The only way to really learn that action is to do it first-hand. It also builds independence.
If you have a travel potty for children, use it for day two and day three. If you have a private yard, you can just use one of the training potties from inside your home.
Today is simply a day where you are reinforcing and continuing the use of the potty at regular intervals. You tell your child to use the potty. It’s okay to take them and help them with their clothing and get them seated, too.
Since you are venturing out twice today, you are continuing to reinforce that we need to hold our urge to pee or poop until we can get to the potty.
Again, that is something that can take time to learn. Some children simply can’t hold it as long as others.
This is why it is still important that you don’t go too far away from home or the potty. You want to foster a feeling of independence and capability. You want to set them up for success.
Useful Tips For Day 3
- Tip #1: Keep Rewarding Your Child
Remember that you should still be rewarding every use of the potty. It can be anything from the potty dance to high fives to a small treat. It really does depend on your child’s needs.
- Tip #2: If You Drive…
If you plan on taking a car trip anywhere, remember to keep it short.
- Tip #3: Don’t Be Afraid To Brag About Your Child
Brag on your child’s successes in front of your child. This helps your child know that they are doing the right thing. It makes them feel good.
- Tip #4: In Case Of An Accident…
Accidents will always happen. If it does, it is ok and this is just a normal part about being a child.
- Tip #5: Invest In Some Toddler Tops
If you’ve been using the training potties, get one of the toddler potty tops for regular toilets. You can put it in your old diaper bag or get a new tote bag. Then, you can take it with you on trips to the store and your child will be able to use any potty.
- Tip #6: Take Your Child Into The Bathroom With You
Continue to take your child to the bathroom with you. It’s important that they realize that using the potty is something that everyone does.
The Follow-Up Plan
The success of the three day potty training lies in preparation and follow up as much as the actual training. After three days, your child will be comfortable to use potty-chair and will be able tell you when they feel like peeing or pooping.
But accidents might happen sometimes and during these times you have to behave exactly the way you behaved during the training. Do not scold the child by assuming that they should have mastered everything at the end of the training.
After the training, make sure they are bottom naked for at least three months inside the house. It is observed that if trained children are made to wear diapers again, they get too relaxed and lazy.
They consider diapers a kind of a substitute and will start peeing and pooping in them, defeating the purpose of the training. When outside, make them wear loose pants with no undergarments and no diapers.
Carry a portable chair with you if you have to take them for a long drive.
In case your child is unsuccessful in the training, do not get demoralized. There are various reasons for failure like wrong age of training, stressful environment, improper follow-up etc.
Sometimes every factor is perfect and even then the child can be unsuccessful, although that doesn’t happen frequently.
Do not talk about the training in front of the child for at least six to eight weeks. After this duration the training can be started again.
Precautions for 3 Days Training Method
It is hard for parents to devote three full days to the training, especially if both the parents are working. So, make sure to clear your schedule before you take this training.
Absenteeism even for a single day can ruin the training. The follow-up also becomes difficult and it is better to have help ready on hand for the follow-up process.
Some parents feel that it is better to have three days of hectic schedule than to have countless restless days and nights, others beg to differ. The conditions required for the training make it more difficult.
Talk before hand to the day care or pre-school owner of the child to check if they would allow your child to stay only with pants and no undergarment.
Explain them clearly and sort every matter before hand or the child might face unnecessary embarrassment in front of a large crowd.
If you live in a cold area, better reschedule the training to the summers. Keeping your child cold is not a good idea during winters.
Potty Training – What to Do & What Not to Do
In any kind of training, it is important that everything you do aims for progress and results. And because potty training is different for every child, you must figure out what works best for your child.
You already know the basic steps of potty training your child, now let’s tackle a list of “do’s” that you may follow throughout your training period.
If there are things that are highly recommended when potty training a child, of course there are also things that are highly discouraged. No matter how daunting and frustrating the potty training process is, it is highly advised for you, the trainer, not to get carried away with your emotions.
Your child needs you to complete this major milestone, thus you need to keep your head in the game! To keep you guided, here are some of the don’ts when potty training a child:
Teach Your Child How to Keep Clean
Keeping clean is an important lesson that your child needs to learn during potty training. Tell your child to make sure to wipe from front to back, to flush the toilet, and to wash his hands immediately after.
Get him interested to wash up by letting him use a colorful or sparkly soap.
You can also teach your child the following strategies to make him more excited about keeping himself clean:
- Wash Hands Often
Teach your child that washing his hands is a way of defending himself against germs.
Make him understand that it is important for him to wash his hands not only before eating meals, but also after using the potty or toilet, sneezing or coughing, playing outside the house, and touching his pets.
- Be Thorough with Washing
Tell your child to wash his hands using water and soap, and to make sure to remove the disease-causing germs by scrubbing every surface of his hands as well as under his nails.
- Use Regular Soap
There is no need to make your child wash his hands using antibacterial soap – let your child use plain old regular soap.
Studies showed that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soaps when it comes to eliminating germs.
- Dry Hands Thoroughly
Any moisture that remains on your child’s hands after washing them can cause them to harbor germs, so it helps to encourage him to dry his hands thoroughly.
- Encourage Thorough Washing
To encourage your child to wash long enough, you can sing the Alphabet Song along with him as he washes up.
- Do Not Share Hand Towels
Sharing one’s hand towel makes it possible to put dirt and germs back into one’s hands after washing them. Instruct your child to use his own hand towel, and to use a freshly laundered one to dry his hands.
- Prevent the Spread of Disease
Germs in freshly laundered hand towels can still survive, so it helps to use disposable towels to protect your child from disease.
Essential Last-Minute Potty Training Tips
To make it easier for your child to learn to use the potty by himself, it is important to make his experience a pleasant one.
It helps to avoid letting him see you disapproving when he does not get your instruction right the first time – letting you down is your child’s worst fear.
- Say No to Comparisons
Never compare your children with one another. Kids do not follow the same potty training schedule, so stop comparing one child’s progress with another child’s failure.
It helps if you just do your best to cheer your child’s efforts, since potty training is his milestone, not yours.
- Be Prepared for Emergencies
It is important to be ready for those times when you and your child are away from the house and he needs to go.
It is possible that your child may have accidents, and letting him go in public bathrooms can result in things getting a bit messy, so it helps to carry a bag where you can stash your potty training essentials.
Always carry a change of underwear and clothes, training pants, plastic bags, wet wipes, and potty seat covers that you can easily dispose of after use.
- Avoid Being Too Generous with Rewards
Although giving rewards to your child is always better than punishing him, it helps to avoid going overboard with the former.
It’s okay to sometimes give him a candy or award him a couple of stickers, but rewarding him with an action figure or a trip abroad is not.
Your child will only end up believing that he should receive a reward each time he uses the potty.
- Consult Your Pediatrician
Potty training is a subject that pediatricians have a vast knowledge on, so you and your child can rest that his tips on potty training are reliable.
However, a visit to your child’s pediatrician often ends up with you talking about other more important issues regarding your child’s health, so it’s easy for him to let the issue of potty training slip his mind.
It is up to you to bring up the subject and to ask for his advice on techniques and other concerns.
- Be Thoroughly Patient
Potty training your child during daytime is not a guarantee that he will be able to keep himself from wetting the bed at night or while he naps.
Children do not follow the same schedule for nighttime potty training in the same way that they have different schedules for daytime potty training.
Don’t stress yourself over the fact that your child still wets the bed, which is normal for most kids. In fact, many children also take years before they can go to bed without their potty training pants on.
Potty training can be time consuming. So, it’s important that it’s as stress and frustration free for both the parent and the child. One of the easiest ways to accomplish a stress and frustration free potty training experience is to devote three full days to potty training.
It’s important that the time truly is devoted to this experience. Turn away from the time spent on social media and spend all of your time to this session. That guarantees that you will receive the best results possible for your child. It’s important to stick with the process.
There will be accidents. You had accidents when you were learning to use the potty, too. Let your child know that accidents happen and that they are still loved.
Take your child to the bathroom with you when you go. If your partner is the child’s other natural parent, they should also go with partner is the child’s other natural parent, they should also go with your partner to the bathroom as well.
The goal is to see that everyone uses the bathroom. Make sure that you use your words and explain what is going on.
If possible, have multiple potties in the house for convenience. Put them in the rooms that your child will frequently be in. This makes using the toilet as easy as it can be.
Ditch the diapers. Either allow your child to wear underwear or let them go partially or fully naked during the three days you are in the house. Celebrate each and every successful use of the potty no matter how small it is.
Stay close to home when you get to days two and three. You want to make success as easy as possible . Talk to your daycare provider or baby sitter about how you are working to potty train your child. Make sure they are on the same page.
Ultimately, this shouldn’t be a burden, of course, and certainly not a bad experience as many parents make it. Let this be a monumental experience for you and your child, together.
All The Best to you in this time of your child’s life and beyond!