Potty Training in 3 Days or Less

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Potty Training in 3 Days or Less

Has anyone heard of this? I definitely need to read up on it...

http://www.babycenter.com/0_potty-training-in-three-days-or-less_10310078.bc

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Both of my older girls trained pretty fast. I think the key is to wait until they are ready. When I felt it was time I waited until I had a few days where nothing was going on and we had no where to go. Then we put them in dresses with panties. We watch movies on the potty, read books on the potty, and just hang out there until they go potty then make a great big deal about it. Once they realize what all the fuss about it goes pretty fast. It only took a few days with DD1 and about a week with DD2. I have heard that girls are easier than boys though.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Both of my older girls trained pretty fast. I think the key is to wait until they are ready. When I felt it was time I waited until I had a few days where nothing was going on and we had no where to go. Then we put them in dresses with panties. We watch movies on the potty, read books on the potty, and just hang out there until they go potty then make a great big deal about it. Once they realize what all the fuss about it goes pretty fast. It only took a few days with DD1 and about a week with DD2. I have heard that girls are easier than boys though.

I really think it depends on the personality. With my first, it was awful. He knew what needed to be done, he refused to cooperate until I found his currency. He was trained in one day once that currency was threatened. With DD1 and DD2, it was very easy to train when they were ready as they were pleasers. With DD4, she has been trained and now is challenging the training because she finds it more convenient not to run to the bathroom. We have not found a currency that she finds important enough to follow through with at this time. If she's in the mood, she goes on her own. But if she's not, then it's back to square one.

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After you posted this, I thought it was so neat we got started right away! We already did EC, so Hunter was aware of going potty and had been doing it a couple times a day, but now we're going all out. He hasn't worn pants all day yesterday or today, and I've been keeping a close eye on him. So far, all but 1 pee has been at least partially in the potty, several of them fully in the potty. The real test will be leaving the house, which we'll have to do this afternoon. He already stays dry on short trips out most of the time, but whether I feel comfortable leaving him totally diaperless in the car, I'm not sure yet.

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I printed this article and have it on my desk to read. I have to read into it and see. I'm thinking about starting with Leilani within the next few months

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When is a good time to start potty training? It seems Reed is eons away from that.

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OperaDiva - YAY! How did it go on your outing?

lotusblossom - Keep us posted Smile

elleon - Does Reed show an interest when you or your hubby go to the bathroom? That's what made me start to think about it. AJ always wanted to go in with us and would watch us. It was slightly creepy at first to be so intently watched, but she's learning LOL!

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"elleon17" wrote:

When is a good time to start potty training? It seems Reed is eons away from that.

It really depends on the child. Some as early as 16 months. Others as old as 4.

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"goldilockz" wrote:

OperaDiva - YAY! How did it go on your outing?

lotusblossom - Keep us posted Smile

elleon - Does Reed show an interest when you or your hubby go to the bathroom? That's what made me start to think about it. AJ always wanted to go in with us and would watch us. It was slightly creepy at first to be so intently watched, but she's learning LOL!

Things are going well, definitely still not "potty trained", but he is holding it for much longer times, and he never goes in the carseat, even when he's not wearing a diaper. At this point, I'm going to keep him in diapers when we're out of the house mostly, because he's not telling me when he has to go, and not a big fan of going when we're out of the house. Baby steps, but we're definitely getting somewhere!

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Jessica, I found with DD that she really does not like to go to public washrooms for a long time (big toilets, scary noises, tiny stalls, etc etc.). Where she really has buy-in is when there is a child-sized toilet...then she couldn't get enough of it. The first time we saw it was at the Calgary Stampede and she was maybe 17 mths. She was sooooo happy to see it that she wanted to go there, immediately, despite the scary noises, narrow stall, etc. In fact, we ended up going there twice to pee in the 4 hours we were at the Stampede.

Also, maybe you should consider pull ups if Hunter is doing so well outside of the house instead of diapers. It's a lot easier if you ever wanted to pottying him during your outings.

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Thanks Sophia! Hunter's issue with peeing in public doesn't seem to be the toilets, I've tried the big toilet, little potties, potty inserts, etc. I think he is just at a point where he really doesn't want to go unless he is the one deciding to go, so I just have to wait on him to want to go.

When I say diapers, I mean cloth trainers that I made myself Smile

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With Robby, it was basically one day he decided he was going to start using the potty because all the other kids at preschool were. So, we put big boy undies on him, and he was "potty trained" before he turned 3. With Liam, he just started doing it. We didn't work with him. Even while sick he goes. Liam will go poopy in his undies sometimes, but except for the diarrheal day this week due to illness he has been in underwear for all but bedtime or naps. He has even gone out to the dr's office, church, etc in big boy undies no problem. Really, it is all about when they want to start using the potty. If they are willing and ready, they will. If they aren't.. THEY WON'T without a whole bunch of fussing.

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E has been showing signs of readiness for months. It started at 14 months when she would bring me a diaper and tell me when she needed to be changed. She also has been going dry for longer spells and she has loved the potty since about 14 months...always wants to sit on it. But I am not ready! I am about to have another baby and I keep thinking it will set her up for failure to go for it this early and then she will probably just regress when the baby is here. But this link makes me consider giving it a go. I have been saying this whole pregnancy that I am keeping her in her crib and not even thinking about potty training until this baby is here and we are all settled back down in a routine.

You know she went through a phase the first week she turned 17 months where, similar to Liam, she would tell me she needed to go and would run to the potty saying "go potty! go potty!" But it was always for POOP. Never pee. So for about a week there, she pooped on the potty every day. I mean I wasn't NOT going to take her when she told me she needed to. But then it stopped. Maybe I will give this naked thing a try and just see what happens. We can always try again later after baby is here.

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I keep saying, "why didn't anyone tell me that potty training was a year long event?" Really my older little rat was ready earlier than average, but that seemed to co-inside with the birth of Chase so I didn't want to be dealing with that all at the same time. We waited until Chase was about 4 months old or so to start.

Then I'll say we had a false start because of the power struggle that was starting to unfold. Bryce would want to wear only specific underpant, insist that they be on backwards and throw enourmous fits becasue certain underpants were in the wash or he come up with weird plans about wearing them over his pants. All sorts of silliness (he still makes getting dressed.... every step of the way.. a pretty big pain) but he as not a muscle readiness that we had to wait for but an attitude readiness.

Then, although he was "trained" more or less in about 2 weeks... he would still have accidents every now and then for months. He recently reset his "accident free clock" and he is 3.5 years old, trained for over a year!

So even though he did a great job (even better than average perhaps) I still say it is exhaustings.

I'm going to be so much more casual with Chase. I think I'll wait longer to start, and work on mini-milestones are they unfold, not when I decide "today's the day!"

With Bryce I started a count down with signs on the door... nope, not this time.

Also, Chase learned to walk pretty late, I wonder if that means his muscles won't even be ready until later also? Just a thought.

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Matt led the way. When he had the signs and was interested, we did the diaper-free days on a weekend when we had nowhere to be. It worked really well and he's done great. He hasn't had a true accident in a long time, however, he's accidently peed on his clothes while working on his aim a few times. LOL

Alyssa is interested. She likes to sit on the potty. She's peed in it once (at daycare). She sometimes will tell me if her diaper is wet, but not always. She still has no qualms about hanging out in a poopy one, so she's definitely not ready! LOL She doesn't wake up dry from naps or night. She is interested mentally, but physically doesn't seem ready yet. Just like with Matt, I'll follow her lead.