Potty Train Your Baby in One Week
“How can this be done!?” one may ask! Well; this is not our idea, but my wife did take a principle and build on it. The book my wife got (when Alex was potty training; about a y) was called “Potty Train in Three Days!“. My wife noticed that most folks buy pull-ups and other diaper-like underwear and try and potty train their kids within a month or so and end up going much much longer. This method is intense and stressful, but it’ll get the job done.
- Buy padded underwear, not pull-ups or anything that more resembles a diaper. The child needs to feel themselves getting wet.
- Buy very simple potty products. The more gadgets their toilet has the more they’ll play with it and not really use it.
- Make plans to NOT go anywhere for at least a week. This process will require that you monitor the baby strictly for three days, but it could possibly leak over into five or seven days. Depending on the child or the training.
- Be very patient and find ways to keep your sanity for the first three days. It can and it will be very nerve-wraking to monitor your baby and letting them have accidents.
This is where it all starts. You’re a little nervous yet excited about the promise of NOT having to purchase diapers anymore. This day is important because you’re building the foundation for the rest of the potty training. You’ll have to have a lot of self determination to stick to the schedule and tasks at hand. So; be consistent, if nothing else.
- Take your child to the toilet every 1/2 hour. They do not have to potty, but you’re getting them used to the routine of taking off their underwear and sitting on the toilet.
- Say something like, “It’s potty time!” when you take them.
- Make sure they spend a good amount of time sitting on the toilet. Ask them, “Do you need to pee. Pee in the potty.” Or something like that. Engage them while they’re sitting there.
- Teach them how to remove and put on their underwear.
- When they do potty in the toilet, encourage them. Give them positive feedback so they’ll feel good about doing it. “Yah! way to go son! You pee pee in the potty!”
- Take your child with you to the toilet when YOU have to potty. This will give them some hands-on, or a real-life examples. If you’re training a younger child, and they copy everything the older child does, make sure they observe the older child using the potty.
- Gauge when you can let them be more independent with the potty request. It’s ok for them to wet themselves. Just let them know that peeing in their underwear is not correct and peeing in the toilet is correct. Show them their wet underwear and say “No”, then point to the toilet and say, “Yes.” Something to that effect.
- For naps and bed time:
- Take them to the potty one last time before taking a nap.
- My wife told me that kids don’t wet themselves when their in a deep sleep. So; if your baby is a light sleeper, expect accidents here and their.
- When they wake up, immediately take them to the toilet.
- If you have to spank them, take them to the toilet. Depending on how they react or how intensely you spank them; immediately take them to the toilet. It’s almost guaranteed they’ll wet themselves.
- Rinse & repeat all day. In between taking them to the potty, find a way to entertain yourself.
- Take your child to the toilet every hour. Again they do not have to potty, just get them used to the routine.
- Ask them, from time to time, if they need to use the potty. “Honey, do you need to go potty?” This will get their minds working and forming a connection between feeling they have to potty and actually telling someone they have to potty.
- Repeat tasks from Day 1 and Day 2.
- We were lucky and our kids started indicating, to us, that they needed to use the potty. It wasn’t consistent yet, but it’s better than nothing.
- The remaining days are for you to refine your methods with your child.
- When you see that you’re child will tell you they have to potty, consistently, you can then try and go out and about with their new-bound skills. Bring extra clothes and wipes, but you WON’T need to pack any more diapers!