Potty training. I’m not sure if there were 2 words that I ever dreaded more. Well, maybe root canals. Or income taxes. I don’t like those either, but potty training ranked right up there. I wanted it to be done, but I didn’t want to drag it out into a months long process. I found out about the 3 day potty training method online. Although I was skeptical, I bit the bullet, bought the book, and decided that we were doing it over Memorial Day weekend. Keep in mind that my precious child had NEVER used the potty before we started this process. Not even once. We just went cold turkey, and here’s what happened.
Day 1: At 8 AM, we told Turner that it was a special day and that he is now a big boy! He and I went through the house and collected all of the diapers we had left and threw them in a trash bag. (It was a clean trash bag and we hid them in the garage to donate later). We put on his new big boy undies and explained that he had to always keep them dry and he needed to tell us when he had to go potty. We repeated those things approximately 752 times! The book goes into a lot more detail about things you should say/do during this process.
Day 1 results:
– 7 accidents (only 2 on carpet – yay!)
– at least 12 successes in the potty. Probably more, but I lost count
– stayed dry through the night! (Whoop whoop!!)
Day 2 results:
The day started out encouraging because Turner had made it through the night dry and started off with a success in the potty, but things quickly went south!
-7 accidents before lunch!! I seriously started to wonder if he remembered ANYTHING we taught him on day 1.
– After his afternoon nap, he didn’t have any more accidents! We must have gone to the potty 20 times!
-Unfortunately, he did have an accident overnight, but that is somewhat to be expected.
Day 3 results:
-Y’all. Turner did not have one single accident! He told us every single time that he needed to go to the potty. He even stayed dry during his nap. He is potty trained!! We could not be more proud of our big boy. Of course the real test will be when we get back into our normal routine outside of the house, but I do trust that he will remember what he learned. Although I almost went stir crazy from being in the house for 3 days (during a holiday weekend, no less!), I still would highly recommend using this method. Worked like a charm(in)! 🙂