A lot of my mama friends seem to be in some kind of hurry to potty train their kids. I don’t feel the same sense of urgency, but figured it was time when she showed some interest.
Thanks to my friend Nicole’s e-book we decided to do the 3 Day Potty Training system.
However finding 3 consecutive days was really hard! With our social group of mamas and all the Jewish holidays it was challenging to find the time.
Hubby and I finally sat together with our calendar and picked 3 days where we didn’t have any commitments, could stay home and really focus on nothing but potty training.
I’m happy to report that by the 3rd day we had a VERY successful potty training experience!
This is how we did it…
Day 1: As soon as I got Sarah from her I crib I explained that today she was going to be a “big girl” and wear underwear. I let her pick her favorite underwear (one of her gifts for Chanukah). We went to the living room where I placed a large towel on the floor. Then I got her potty chair from the bathroom and explained to her that when she needed to pee to let me know. I placed some potty themed books near the station and headed to kitchen to make breakfast.
The e-book suggested she drink her favorite drink so that she will want a lot of it and often. After breakfast I made a batch of her favorite drink, lemonade. I poured it in her sippy cup and encouraged her to drink throughout the day.
The first time she had to pee she jumped up really quick and said, “I have to pee”. Not sure if it was the excitement of it all or the novelty, but I was happy to see she understood what was going on. From then on every 15-20 minutes she told me she needed to pee. She was filling up her Potty Chart very quickly.
Mid day I decided I didn’t love the Huggie’s potty chart for what we were doing, so I decided to make my own.
I read somewhere that the first day needed to have a really big treat once the day was complete. That way they were excited and looking forward to the next few days. Even though it suggested not to leave the house, I decided to leave for a short drive through the Wendy’s drive thru for a special ice cream cone reward.
I was so proud and shocked how easy this method worked!! I was truly looking forward to day 2.
*For nap and bed time she wore a diaper.
Day 2: On the second day we moved her potty into the bathroom and again reminded her to let me know when she had to pee. The towels were still left in the living room, should she not be able to make it to the new spot.
This time she used the potty every 1.5 hours to 2 hours since she was just drinking water.
Throughout this e-book it suggested we do not ask her if she had to pee, but instead build that trust with her and ask her to “let mommy know when you have to go pee” and then wait for her to say “ok”. She did really well, but my mistake was putting pants on her. For some reason the pants felt too much like a diaper and therefore she had an accident. But once the pants were off she was back to telling me she had to pee.
Her day 2 reward was a Minnie Mouse yo-yo. She was not impressed!
Day 3: Suggested we go out for a little outing with a lot of bathrooms near by. I had to get a few birthday presents for the birthdays parties we had to attend that weekend, so we went to the closest toy store near our home, TJ Maxx. After we finished shopping we headed to the cash register where Sarah got to pick her day 3 reward. She chose a bag of sour gummy worms.
After I buckled her in the car seat she announced she had to pee. I took her back out, popped my trunk open and sat her down on the travel potty.
I asked her to smile, but she wasn’t amused.
My friend Erin Y thought this picture was hilarious and gross, but I wasn’t sure she would be able to make it to the store bathroom. So I did what I needed to do.
I also learned that she could now hold her pee for up to 3 hours.
It wasn’t easy staying home for 3 days with just potty training on the mind. Thanks to Sarah’s birthday party just a few days before we had a lot of things at home to keep us busy including watching Frozen, multiple times.
In conclusion, we are very glad we waited. I think it would have been a lot harder on all of us if we tried to do it any sooner or when she was not ready. This was a quick and easy method that worked for us.
She is now able to pee and poop with no worries. I’m so proud of my big girl!
Thanks again Nicole for the info! If you’d like a copy of the e-book, please leave your email below.
Week One Update: Not even a week goes by and she wants to use the regular potty!
Week Two Update: She no longer naps with a diaper!
One Month Update: She goes to the regular potty by her self and even washes her hands when done.