Every mom can’t wait for the day when her baby is finally out of nappies, but it doesn’t have to be a mission impossible, according to Lori Jensen, who has written a book on the 3-day potty training method. Apparently, you just have to pick the right weekend and be prepared!
How it works
- First you need to decide when you are going to do it and clear your diary entirely for 3 full days so you can stay at home with your toddler. (This method requires focus and dedication!) For stay-at-home moms this could be anytime really, but for working moms, it makes sense to plan it over a long weekend when you can give your toddler your undivided attention.
- Next, you need to lose the nappies! The idea is to allow your tot the freedom to run around your home and garden naked – or with just his top on, during this time. This way it’s easier to quickly put your toddler on his potty as soon as he needs to go.
- Make sure the potty is close at all times – move it from room to room as necessary, or you can even have a few dotted around the house.
- Give your child more things to drink than you normally would. This way he’ll need to pee more often, which means he’ll get to practise more.
- Be on constant alert for the signs he needs to make a pee or a poop, especially when he’s had something to drink or eat. As soon as you do, you’ll need to take him to the potty FAST – even if he has already started to pee or poop! You can also encourage your tot to tell you when pee – or poop – is coming.
- You’ll need to take your tot to the potty to pee and\or poop first thing in the morning, before and after naps, after meals, before bedtime – in fact every 2 hours if he hasn’t already gone himself.
- It’s up to you if you want to use nappies for naps and bedtime during this time. Just make sure you get him to go to the potty before putting them on and when taking them off.
- Don’t be upset if your child has an accident – you need to be prepared that there’s going to be a lot of these during the course of the 3-day period! But every time he does make a wee or poop in the potty, make a big fuss and have some kind of small reward on hand. (One mom used Smarties, which she’d count out of the box each time.)
- If he’s doing well on the second or third day, you could take him for a short walk around the block, or to the shops. Again, just be sure to let him go to the potty immediately before and after the outing.
- But if he’s still leaving little puddles and poos behind the couch, or doesn’t seem to be bothered if he wets his nappy – even after all the undivided attention and encouragement – he probably isn’t ready. In this case, don’t give up. Try it again on another weekend.
How do I know my toddler is ready to start potty training?
The ideal time to try this method is said to be between the ages of 15 and 28 months. Some signs that your toddler is is ready to give it a go are:
- He stays dry for at least 2 hours at a time.
- He’s asking to use the potty.
- He’s refusing to wear nappies.
- He poops at a regular time each day.
For more info on this method, you can read 3 Day Potty Training by Lora Jensen.
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