A lot of my mama friends have started to potty train their kids, but I was in no rush. However once she showed interest I knew it was time to start.
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! Between our commitments and all the Jewish holidays it was challeng to find the time.
Hubby and I finally sat together with our calendars 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 Sarah woke up one morning, 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) and put them on. We went to the living room, where I laid a large towel on the floor. Then I got her potty chair and explained that when she needed to pee to let me know. I showed her chart and explained she would get a sticker every time she peed in the potty. I gathered our potty themed books and put them near the station. I started breakfast while Sarah played in the living room.
The e-book suggested she drink her favorite drink so that she will want a lot of it and have to pee 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.
I read somewhere that the first day needed to have a really big reward. 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 quick trip through the Wendy’s drive thru for a special ice cream reward.
*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 remained in the living room, incase there was any accidents walking 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.
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.