Potty training makes me think of a few things. 1. No more buying diapers! 2. My baby is growing up. 3. I’m getting old. lol
Who enjoys potty training??? This may be weird but I actually enjoy it. We get to stay at home all day watching movies and snuggling while running back and forth to the bathroom. Plus I’m teaching them something new and we cheer and dance when they are successful. I trained both of my kids in 3 days when they were 2 1/2 years old. I wanted to train Bryce before Brynn was born so I wouldn’t be buying diapers for two kids. That didn’t happen BUT Bryce night trained himself so no need for me to complain. Brynn has not night trained herself so we’re still buying diapers for naps and bedtime. Just not as many diapers. Gotta look at the positive.
When I decided to potty train Bryce, in 2015, I read different blog posts of how moms potty trained in 3 days. I followed some of their techniques (staying home all day for 3 days, go out on Day 3) but I did my own thing as well.
-I DID NOT have a potty sitting in the living room/main room that we were in for the day. We went to the bathroom when they needed to potty. Here is the commode seat I installed when I started potty training Bryce. We still have it. Works great for the kiddos and adults.
-I DID NOT reward them with stickers or candy if they peed or pooped in the potty. We danced and clapped. Waved “bye bye” to the pee or poop as it went down the commode.
-I DID NOT put Pull Ups on them during the day. I put regular underwear on them. As soon as they got up in the morning, underwear on.
-I put them in a diaper or Pull Up for naps and bedtime.
-I had them drinking a lot throughout the day.
-I put on a timer and took them to the potty EVERY hour. Even if they didn’t have to go they were getting in the practice of sitting on the potty. I explained to them if they have to potty they tell me, try to keep their underwear dry, etc. We would have the “potty” talk.
-We stayed home all day for 3 days. On Day 3 we would go down the road to a store (out of the house for 30 minutes max) to see if they stayed dry.
-At the end of the three days, I rewarded them with a gift for doing a great job.
Bryce’s Potty Training
I potty trained Bryce when Brynn was 6 months old. He did great!
Day 1: He had ONE accident because I didn’t take him to the potty when the timer went off.
Day 2: He had TWO small pee accidents in his underwear and ran to the potty to finish. During his nap, he kept his Pull Up dry. He napped for an hour and a half.
Day 3: He stayed dry when we went out of the house for 30 minutes. He had ONE pee accident later in the afternoon and ran to the potty to finish. During his nap, he kept his Pull Up dry. He napped for an hour.
After about 2 more days of Bryce staying dry during his naps and at bedtime, I decided to let him sleep in his underwear. NO ACCIDENTS!! This little guy surprised me and made me a proud Mommy!
Brynn’s Potty Training
This little lady. They say girls are easier to potty train but I felt like she gave me a hard time. I got discouraged during the 3 days thinking she wasn’t ready and then I was so proud of her!
Day 1: She had ZERO accidents
Day 2: She had FIVE accidents
Day 3: She stayed dry when we went out of the house for 30 minutes. She had ZERO accidents.
Brynn wakes up in middle of the night sometimes to tell me she needs to use the potty but not always. We’ll work on night training LATER. I’m not rushing it. I just potty trained her the beginning of August.
I take my kids to the potty before we leave the house and after we return. I take them to the potty before naptime and bedtime and after naptime and bedtime. I feel that this has prevented a lot of accidents when we’ve been out and while sleeping. I DO keep a potty seat in the trunk of my car for emergencies and when we go on a road trip. When you have two kids (or more), it’s easier to pull over and take them to the trunk then trying to find a clean public restroom.
With potty training accidents are going to happen. Your child is learning something new. You may feel frustrated, discouraged, etc. Remember, Everything will be JUST fine!
How old were your kids when you potty trained them? What was your technique?