The end-result is worth it – and obviously necessary! – but is there any part of early childhood parents dread more than potty training? We’ve heard parents make it sound like a never-ending battle that makes everything kind of awful for a little while. There’s just GOT to be a better way, right? Well, Parenting.com says they’ve found it! It comes via author Lora Jensen and her book, whose title gives the method’s idea away: 3-Day Potty Training.
Yup, THREE days. We couldn’t believe it either, but Jensen and Parenting.com say that if you’re willing to devote the time, it can totally be done:
“The parent(s) needs to know that it will take work and you have to dedicate a full three days to the child. This means giving up ‘me’ time. You won’t be cooking, cleaning or visiting with friends—or ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ You will seriously be spending all waking hours with your child for three days,” says Lora Jensen, author of “3-Day Potty Training.”
And, she says you must plan ahead: “Have your shopping done and meals prepared ahead of time. Do the laundry and clean the house prior to starting. Be ready to play games, color, watch cartoons and just enjoy some bonding time with your child.”
It sounds super-intense, but if it works, it’s probably worth it, right? Here are the central, step-by-step ideas:
- On Potty Training Day 1, have your child say good-bye and throw out her diaper herself.
- Instead of a diaper, wrap a t-shirt around him and explain that there’s nothing there to catch anything— it all must go in the potty!
- After breakfast – and an extra drink! – immediately make a potty trip.
- Have a sippy cup always available, and take her to the potty every 15 minutes without fail.
- Cut off all food and drink after dinner.
- Take him to the potty right before bed, and set an alarm for a trip halfway through the night.
Repeat these steps for three days, stay calm through accidents, and you should make it through these three days with a fully potty-trained kid. There’s even more information and tips over on Parenting.com. Check it out and let us know what you think! Do you think this method could work? Is this the way you potty-trained your kids?