How to Potty Train Your Kids in Three Days or Less!
Potty training can be one of the most aggravating parts of parenting. You want to get your kids out of diapers and on to using the toilet as quickly as possible. It makes for one less chore for parents, and goodness knows parents could use all the extra help they can get! One of the most popular techniques 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 - Toss out those old diapers!
This is more for your benefit than the kid's--potty training can be frustrating, and you'll probably feel like giving up at some point. Just keep plowing through it, though--if you slip up and slap a diaper on your child, you'll be undoing any progress that has been made. Without diapers, you'll be forced to stick to your original plan.
#2 - Timing is everything
Try to pick a three-day holiday weekend where you'll be at home the entire time. You'll want to spend as much time and attention as you can helping your kid potty train, so you don't want to be stuck with regular responsibilities, such as work or school. Picking a time when you'll be able to be around constantly will really help your child get comfortable with the idea.
#3 - Lose the distractions!
Your job is to give your kid your full attention, in order to help them get to the restroom on time. That means if you're messing around with a game on your phone or your computer, you run the risk of missing the early signs--and then having to clean more underwear. That's not good for anyone involved.
#4 - Lots of fluids for the kiddos
Fill your kids up with water, juice and milk. This will make your child go to the bathroom more frequently, which means more times to practice proper potty protocol. Don't load them up with sugary drinks--this is going to be a hassle enough without them bouncing off the walls. Liquids, though, will help repetition set in.
#5 - Underwear Only
By having your child wear only underwear, you remove one more complicated step between getting them to the toilet in time--nothing fancy to have to worry about dressing or undressing. It's better to at least keep underwear on, though, because that way, if there are any "accidents", they'll get used to the idea of wet underwear being uncomfortable.
#6 - Timing is important
Experts recommend making your kid use the bathroom every 15 minutes on the first day, and then every 30 minutes on the next two days. This may seem excessive, but it's better to go too frequently than not frequently enough--disasters might happen otherwise!
#7 - Reward for staying dry, not for peeing!
The end goal if this is not to have your kid constantly use the toilet, but to have them use the toilet when they need to go. If you reward them for peeing, kids will often only partially empty their bladder, so they can go back later and get more rewards. Instead, reward them for accident-free times.
#8 - Make your kid sit on the potty
Experts recommend having your child sit on the toilet for at least five minutes in each of these visits--even if they claim they don't have to go. They're still learning the telltale signs of when they need to go and not, and you'd hate to remove them from the bathroom, only for an accident to happen two minutes later.
#9 - Accidents happen
Have paper towels, stain remover and odor remover on hand. No child is perfect, and even if they take to potty training relatively quickly, they're still likely to have a mistake or two along the way. Just keep at it, and they'll get the hang of things sooner rather than later, and don't freak out when they occasionally slip up.
#10 - The job's not over after 3 days
After three days, your child will likely be using the toilet more often than not, which is good news! There will likely be occasional slip-ups, setbacks and accidents even after the first 72 hours, though. Don't despair--keep reinforcing good habits, and they'll get the hang of things in no time.