How to Potty Train Your Kids in Three Days or Less - Like a Boss
Nothing is more aggravating as a parent than dealing with potty training. You want it to go as quickly and smoothly as possible, and it never does. All you want is to get them out of diapers and onto the toilet as quickly as possible! The most popular technique used nowadays is a quick, three-day technique. Here are 10 tips on how to ease your kid out of diapers and into potty training.
#1 - Timing is everything
You want to schedule your potty training adventure at the most convenient possible time. You don't want to be shuttling back and forth to work or school; you'll want to be spending time and attention working with your kid. Therefore, you should pick a three-day holiday weekend, where you can be at home the entire time and help your child become comfortable with the idea of potty training.
#2 - Toss out those old diapers!
Don't be tempted to backslide! By tossing out all the old diapers, you'll find it easier to avoid the temptation to give up. If you slip up and slap a diaper on your child out of frustration or impatience, you'll be undoing all the hard work you've done. With no diapers around, you'll be forced to stick to your original plan.
#3 - Lots of fluids for the kiddos
You want your kids to have plenty of chances to practice using the bathroom. Therefore, fill them up with liquids--water, juice and milk. That'll get them to go to the bathroom more frequently, allowing them to practice. Just try to avoid the sugary drinks, as the last thing you need is dealing with a kid on a sugar rush.
#4 - Lose the distractions!
Don't distract yourself! Put away the phone and shut down the computer; you don't want to miss the early signs. Distracted parenting leads to not getting your kid to the restroom quickly enough. That leads to having to clean more underwear. That's not good!
#5 - Underwear Only
Have your child wear only their underwear. That removes a key step between them and getting to the toilet on time. There's no worry about unbuttoning or unclasping anything, so they can get down to business quicker. You should stick with underwear, though, because that teaches kids that if there are "accidents", they'll be uncomfortable.
#6 - Reward for staying dry, not for peeing!
You'll want to give positive reinforcement to your kid, but don't fall into the trap of rewarding your kids for peeing. Your end goal is not for them to use the toilet, it's for them ~not~ to have accidents. If you just reward peeing, many kids will only partially empty their bladder, so they can go back again and get more rewards. Instead, reward periods of accident-free time.
#7 - Timing is important
According to top experts, you should try to make your child go to the bathroom every 15 minutes on the first day. On subsequent days, you should try to get them to use the restroom every 30 minutes. That seems like a lot, but it's better to have them in the bathroom too much than not often enough.
#8 - Make your kid sit on the potty
Have your child sit on the toilet at least five minutes every time they go, even if they claim they don't have to go. Kids are still learning the signs of when they do in fact have to use the bathroom, and the last thing you want is to let them leave a bit early, only for an accident to happen a couple minutes later.
#9 - Accidents happen
Paper towels. Stain remove. Odor remover. These will be your friends. Even the best children, the ones who get the idea immediately and learn quickly, usually have a mistake or two along the way. Don't freak out when they slip up, as that can be negative reinforcement. Just keep at it and be ready to clean up a mistake or two.
#10 - The job's not over after 3 days
After the three-day period, your child will be using the toilet more often than not. Congratulations! However, your job still isn't done. Even after the first 72 hours, there are likely to be occasional setbacks, slip-ups and accidents. Don't worry about that; it's normal. Just keep reinforcing good behavior, and your child will get the hang of things in no time.