- Musical Potty (adds to the excitement)
- Flushable wipes
- LOTS of undies 15-20
- Plenty of fluids
- Soil bag
- Clear your entire schedule for 3 days, no one comes in or out
- Place potty in very accessible area (ie. kitchen or dining room)
- Pull up any rugs you may have
- Get all supplies ready and waiting
Talk about going Pee & Poop on the potty soon. Make this a big exciting deal. Go shopping for the potty together, pick out the big girl/boy undies together. Get your supplies ready and waiting. Put the potty in the living room (clean of course/unused) and let your child play with the potty, put their dolls/stuffies on the potty. Let them get used to the potty & get all the curiosity of tipping it over, putting the lid up and down now.
Remind child that tomorrow is the big day that they become a big girl/boy!
**First I want to address the reward system. When I trained my son it was more difficult & frustrating mainly because it was the first time either of us had done this and my initial sticker reward just wasn't doing the trick. In a talk with one of my girlfriends, I was explaining my frustration with the stickers. She suggested giving my son smarties as a reward like her sisiter-in-law was doing and was seeing results. I replied to her suggestion with "I don't want to reward my children with food!". Like we have read 100 times and everyone says don't do that. The problem I was having is that stickers are always readily available to my kids in their craft area, this wasn't a reward to them at all. After I made my reply, my girlfriend said "You're not going to do it forever!" I thought, she's right. My kids are not going to become messed up if I reward them with Smarties for potty training. I obviously would not be applying this strategy to everything in life, I was going to give it a try. So with that said, this is how I potty trained my children.**
- Tell child that today is the day they go pee & poop on the potty. Remind them that they do not pee or poop in their undies.
- Take off their diaper and put their new undies on (make a big deal)
- Do not go back to diapers for any reason at all. Have child say goodbye to diapers, this is a cold turkey approach.
- Give child a huge glass of milk or water
- EVERY 15 MINUTES PLACE CHILD ON POTTY (set a timer)
- With every accident, remind child that they don't pee or poop in their undies, they do it on the potty.
- Congratulate child and tell them what a big girl/boy they are.
- Wipe childs bum and get undies back on.
- Bring child with pee/poop bowl to the toilet and have child flush toilet, congratulate again
- Put potty back together and wash hands in the sink. Teach proper hand washing at this point, I tell my kids "Fronts & backs & in between"
- Once hands are clean, have child pick out their Smartie (we did one Smartie for pee & two for poop)
- Once they have ate the Smartie, sing the potty song. Clap hands, dance and sing "Pee Pee in the Potty, Pee Pee in the Potty" or "Poo Poo in the Potty, Poo Poo in the Potty" Repeat several times. Clap & cheer at the end of the song.
- Give child sticker to place on their potty (We did jewels for our daughter, anything they like)
- Call Daddy if he's at work or Grandma or Grandpa, the child has great pride in doing this step (as do you ;))
- Continue as you did day one, every 30 minutes on potty and this point. Make sure you are giving child lots to drink.
- This is a training day for the rest of the days to come. There is no time limit to being placed on the potty. Ask the child frequently if they need to go potty. Place them on when they need to go. Voila!! Trained!!!
ALWAYS do the reward & potty dance for ~1 month at least then tapper off
EVERY SUCCESS is as exciting as the first one, ALWAYS make them feel so proud
ALWAYS tell them you are so proud of them
EVERYONE in the house at the time of potty training takes part in the Potty Song & Dance
TRY and relax, this will be trying but it will be worth it in three days
STICK to the plan, do not waver, put a diaper on, or stop being excited for them. This needs to be done in 3 uninterrupted consecutive days.
PUT A POTTY IN THE CAR or van so the child can go at anytime.
Hope this was helpful!
*UPDATE*-I have had a few questions on how long to leave the child on the potty for a 'try'? I would leave your child on the potty for only a few minutes, if nothing happens, praise them for a great try and start the clock from then.
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