3 Day Potty Training?

Jenneil - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I am considering trying the 3 Day Potty Training method with my two year old girl next week. Have any of you tried this method? Pros? Cons?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2011

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We did it with my son a week before his 2nd birthday. It was a really intense, but really positive focused 3 days of training. He went back to daycare on the 4th day, had a few accidents, but by day 5 he was completely dry, told us everytime he had to go, and even was dry at night. Now, we only have accidents on occasions when he's sick, etc - they're pretty rare. Getting rid of ALL your diapers/pullups is key, also staying REALLY positive and keeping all your attention on your child. Worked for us! I agree, however, that you can't cook or clean - the 3 days are all about spending time with your child. Have meals prepped in advance and frozen!

Carolyn - posted on 02/14/2011

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I've never tried the three day method but found with all my kids (6 who are potty trained & 1 too young) consistency is the key. I don't believe any age is too young to get them used to the potty, all my kids I started sitting them on a potty at nappy change time from the time they were able to sit up, no expectations of them learning to use it at that age but just to get used to sitting on it as that's one of the biggest hurdles. As soon as they are walking I give them bare bum time so they can feel the sensation of wetting themselves, point out to them that they peed then sit them on the toilet & tell them that's where we do pees. Always allow them to watch you as they learn most from us & most important no pressure, make it fun and easy going. All my kids have been potty trained between 18mths & 2yrs and night trained by 2 1/2yrs. For night times I found no drinks 30mins before bed, ask them to pee before bed and when you find nappies often dry in morning start putting them to bed without, then if they have an accident make sure they wake up fully, put them on the potty then get them to help clean the mess. I found these methods effective and quite stress free, but in the end they will eventually do it when there ready so don't put too much stress on yourself or them!

Moni - posted on 02/12/2011

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I used this method with my daughter and although it was intense the first day, overall I thought it was fantastic. I recommend buying the e-book as it gives you access to the author for questions you have. I got my responses back within hours and it was incredibly helpful.

Have everything you need, prizes, juices, underwear, carpet cleaner :), groceries, prepared meals, etc ready the night before you start.

Cons: It was stressful! After accident #15 on day 1, it was really hard to stay positive all the time. It is labor intensive...this could be a pro too as you won't get a workout in for at least 3 days. Be aware that depending on age (my daughter was 21 months when we did this), it can take more than 3 days. By day 4 it finally clicked with her. Success is not determined by being accident free (completely), but by having recognition of needing to void and having more successes than accidents. Night training can take longer, but it's that way with any system you use.

Pros: My daughter loved the one on one time we had. My daughter aims to please and was very receptive to the praise driven method. We created a great "pee-pee on the potty song" that she now sings for herself when she goes :) It works!

2 is young to potty train (we had to for skin/rash issues with diapers), so it may take more time. Bowel movements on the toilet take more time, but the same methods work. You can have regression, but keeping with the upbeat method works great. Good luck!

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Jak - posted on 08/03/2012

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Took me a couple days and a small bag of M&M's (but candy is a major treat so that might have played a part) regardless, my sister could not for the life of her get her 2 1/2 to even consider the potty but they started singing along to the music of Cris and Lou Project about the potty for yes like 2 months but then then sang right into the bathroom and boom- as long as they were singing it all went well! There is an app for the iPad they played too Smarty Potty
good luck!

Jenneil - posted on 02/26/2011

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Well the 3 day potty training method took us 12 days but she got it and I'm so glad we did it. It was very stressful but so worth it!

Shanna - posted on 02/15/2011

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just did it for my 19mo old son and it clicked for him by day 3, dry from 10am to 6pm, dry thru the night and naps too. Key is to be consistent. Well worth the $25 for the book and resources offered on the site. Just have to commit and realize that on Day 4 your child may understand it but not participate so keep at it. No diapers or pullups after Day 1.

Jodell - posted on 02/15/2011

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I have a 3 1/2 very, very srong will little girl who will sit and fall asleep on the potty. She never goes on it. I have used the 3 day and it work for about a week and now we are back to the same old thing. She will even refuse to eat or drink til late afternoon. It has been a struggle yes, I hear about so many kids going back to pull-ups when they have been trained already. I have thought about not pushing it but, she really needs to go to School here soon. Any more suggestions. ( candy and stickers are a thing of the past for her)

Carolyn - posted on 02/15/2011

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Hi Christy, alot of kids find the potty scary to start and you sound like you have a strong willed boy too! Funny thing I've found with any problems I've had with my kids is that as soon as I start worrying about something or see it as a problem they start fighting against me on it more & it becomes a battle of wills (& most of my kids are very stubborn!). Maybe try to back off on trying to put him on it & encourage him to make the decision to use it, let him pick out his own potty or decorate it with appropriate paint, the ones that sit on the toilet are good as you can put them on the floor to get him used to sitting on it without the fear of falling through it, when he wants to do or try something new tell him only big boys who use the potty are allowed that & point out kids who are wearing no nappy & comment on what a big boy he is because he uses the potty.

Jenneil - posted on 02/15/2011

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The book talks about how to over come that. I am starting day two and so far it has been. A good experience. Only two accidents. We'll see what today brings.

Christy - posted on 02/14/2011

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only problem is, my boy acts like the potty scares the hell out of him. he just won't go near it and tries to throw a fit if i start to take him to it. i believe he's very intimidated by it, and i just don't know what to do about that.

Christy - posted on 02/14/2011

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what exactly is this "3 day potty training"? My son is 2 years and 9 months old and refuses to try to use the potty. any new advice for us would be helpful. thanks!

Amy - posted on 02/12/2011

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I have heard tons of success stories about this - after I had my daughter trained. They actually called it the 3 day $70.00 method. I was like, WHAT? They said for shampoo and carpet cleaner rental for poo accidents. lol. OH.... They said they had kiddo completely barebutt naked with just a shirt and socks on and showed them a tiny potty centrally located in the house and the big people potty with a kid cover on it and said pee and poop go in there now. yay!! and they said they had kids help clean up and wash up after and it was pretty much done and done. Like previous poster said, they claimed only accidents when super sleepy or sick. My son is almost 2 and am debating when to try this.

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2011

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Is this just where you spend three days doing nothing else but focused potty training? If so, I just heard about this from a friend and intend on doing it maybe next week. sounds like a great idea and my friend trained three girls this way. she said she didn't cook or clean or do anything else. let me know how it goes if you do it, ill do the same.

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