3 day potty training

Melinda - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I am going to do the 3 day potty training with my 3 year old in two to three weeks. I am just wondering how it worked for you. It says I must follow it to a t. It sounds great and I am ready to dedicated 3 days to nothing but the potty. The only hard part will be that I have two other children. One is 5 (she can help out) and the other is 10 months. This method of potty training requires me to be by her side at all times. I'd love to hear how things went with this method. Thanks

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Melinda - posted on 07/01/2010

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Well. It has been hard. With taking care of the baby. My 5 year old has been a big help. My 3 year old just doesn't want to do it. I like your idea of the party, Sarah. I am going to try that with her. We have been at it for a little over a week. I'm sad to say the 3 day did not work for her, but that was probably because I have been distracted with my baby. I put him in his playpen everytime she has an accident.
The other day she was saying about every 2 minets that she had to pee. She would run to the bathroom and sit down. She didn't do anything. I wonder if she just wanted the stickers. I'm not sure how to proceed. But we are not going back to pullups!
I'm pretty sure she knows before she goes. I know for sure she knows when she is going to poo. She tries to hide from me. I try to get her to the potty before it happens, but I havn't had any luck yet.
Pray she get's it soon. =) Thanks for the feedback everyone. If anyone has suggestion that would be great. Or even your success stories are great too.

Rebecca - posted on 06/25/2010

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my daughter was 3 last week and was too scared to do poos in the toilet but would do wees no prob at all,dr phill said on his programe that any kid will give in 4 the right price,off to the shop we went got a dora jigsaw puzzle (pack of three) poped 1 up on the window sill and by that night she had done it! in the week that followed she continued and we havnt looked back,shes very proud of herself as we made such a fuss and its continued,very easy just took the bribe to get the ball rolling!worth a go people

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2010

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If it doesn't work this time when you try again or need a further big "push" to get the potty trainer over the line have a "potty training party". Follow all of the steps in the three day guide - it does work - but give a lolly reward for every sucess to BOTH your potty trainer and your older child and sit back and watch them do all the work.... Seriously it will be an exciting time for both the potty trainer AND your older child and the older child will be motivated to get lollies and ensure that there aren't any accidents. Be sure to talk up the "party" the day before. Oh and BIG prizes of rubbishy toys for making small gains goes a long way. A toy for making it to the toilet next time, making it to lunch, making it to bed time and a REALLY special BIG prize that big kids get to do like getting to go to the movies or swimming or lunch just with mum or dad are great motivators. Good luck.

Melinda - posted on 06/22/2010

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Well it is day 1 of the 3 day potty training. Things are going pretty good so far. It is 2 pm and she has had 3 potty accidents and 1 poo accident. I am having a hard time focusing on only her because I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old in addition to her. No one can help me out right now. So I am doing what I can and trying to let my 5 year old know that she is important too. She is feeling left out. Let's see what the rest of the day brings. =)

Lysette - posted on 06/17/2010

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Sorry Hallie, I didn't mean to offend anyone. The 3 day potty training system sounds great...I was only speaking from personal experience - as I mentioned...I've never read up on it, so have no knowledge of the system.

Since we are in the car so much, it was hard for me to initially let them tell me when their bodies needed to go. Now, of course THEY tell ME when they need to go, but honestly, sometimes (during long playtime) I DO tell them to go, even if they don't mention it, because although I would love for them to do it on their own all the time, the reality is that they are little and sometimes will choose the fun time, instead of the bathroom, until it's too late. I'd rather keep them having fun (dry), than having them feel bad by having to stop to change a wet outfit.

For the most part, both girls are doing awesome with their "panties".

Hallie - posted on 06/17/2010

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The focus of the 3 day potty training method is to NOT make your child sit on the potty or to "try" just in case - the purpose is for your child to learn their own body signals.



Children from the age of 6 months have been known to use the toilet - how? Because their parents know that their child has to go at the same time every day and just sit them on the toilet to do it. You can hardly call this toilet trained. And the same applies to making them sit on the toilet and just getting lucky.

Lysette - posted on 06/17/2010

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I have not heard of this 3day potty training idea, but it sounds like a good way to do it. For me, personally, I had my 4 yr old in pull ups until we couldn't do it anymore - she refused to go on the potty consistently. We finally potty trained 1 week before she entered the VPK program (where they wouldn't accept her without being trained). It was a forced thing and not pleasant. One thing that helped ENORMOUSLY was that we keep a Full size potty in the trunk of our car at all times, with a full pack of wipes and the small garbage can bags for easy cleanup.

We own a tree service and are all over town all the time, so having the potty in the car assures us of a clean and accessible potty at all times.

As for my 3 yr old (turned 3 in Jan)...she's been potty trained for about 1 1/2 months and she did it on her own. She decided she wanted the panties and THAT WAS IT- she refused to wear pull ups at all (even at night) and she's been great. Of course there's been an accident or 2, but honestly...she's done awesome!

As for forgetting to go potty during play time...that's up to the parent (in my opinion). I tell them they are going to sit on the potty and try - no exceptions. They try to tell me that they don't have to go (in order to keep playing), but they always wind up going once they're on the potty, so don't let them fool you - that's how accidents happen. MAKE them sit on the potty every 2-3 hrs (especially in the beginning).

Don't forget the full size potty (kept in the trunk)...it was the best suggestion someone ever made to me!!
Good Luck!!

Hallie - posted on 06/17/2010

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One more praise to add about this method - it is all about love and patience. There is no scolding, no discipline, nothing, so a very positive experience for the child. It also very practical and recommends starting out with it the way you want it to end - for example, don't put a potty in the lounge room. If you have guests over, do you want your child to be using the toilet in front of them? Nope! Keep the potty in the toilet/bathroom and the child will get used to running to that room when they need to go!

Hallie - posted on 06/17/2010

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Here is the link for the 3 day potty training website: www.3daypottytraining.com Don't be put off by the fact that the website looks like a gimmick. I had been trying to potty train my daughter since she was 2 years old and first showed interest in the toilet. I tried many many things and none of them worked. My daughter is 3 1/2 and it was becoming critical that she learn, not only because she would be starting kindy soon, but because she was told she was not allowed to participate in her calisthenics concert (that she had been practising for for 5 months!) wearing nappies/pullups. So I finally gave in and tried the 3 day potty training method. It worked wonders. Within half a day it had already 'clicked'!! It has been 2 weeks now and I can proudly say she is fully potty-trained, inside and outside the home, day and night! One thing that I'll point out that I don't think the book mentioned is that even after the 3 days, even once it clicks, you may still have a few accidents and be running to the toilet with them 20 times a day. This is just because the child is still learning how to fully empty their bladder, how to hold (if you are not close enough to a toilet), or may be distracted, etc. It will take time to get the hang of it 100% of the time. Good luck!

Jacqueline - posted on 06/14/2010

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more info on the 3day potty training please?? How what and where???

My little girl is 20months and use the potty on a daily base although she still wear diapers coz she dont see how to give play time up for potty training...

Lorri - posted on 06/13/2010

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I haven't heard of that, but having her pick out her underwear was a big help for my eldest. She loved elmo so we told her not to get elmo wet and it worked.

Melinda - posted on 06/12/2010

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I am wanting to try this mothod. My daughter isn't interested in the potty at all. She is 3 so it is time. She has been accepted to go to preschool in the fall, but she can't go if she doesn't use the potty. We had her in pullups, but we can't affored them anymore. So sadly she is in diapers right now. She isn't too happy about it, but it still isn't motivated her to wear her panties. I've tried just about everything. I've searched the internet for ideas.

Laura - posted on 06/11/2010

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My neighbor is going to try the 3 day with her 2 year old boy. She has a 5 year old also and is sending her to grandparents for that time so she can focus only on the 2 year old. Also, she is only planning frozen meals or super easy things. I am waiting to see how it goes for her and then I may try it. My only problem is I have twin boys and I am about to have a baby in a week. Good luck to you.

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I used the 3 day potty training with my first son-worked beautifully! My second son-not so much. To each his own.

Terri - posted on 06/06/2010

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does that three day potty traing work i finally got my daughter trained and she just turned five in march

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