Guess what? I’m officially potty training my son and to be honest I couldn’t be happier or more excited by his progress. For whatever reason potty training has been one of my greatest fears with my son. And I have no clue why! This isn’t my first rodeo, by the time my daughter was two she was sleeping through the night with out a pull up or a diaper. Which was amazing! So I can’t say I was scared from potty training my first child, in fact I was blessed that she picked up on everything so quickly. But whatever my reservation was I was just being silly because my little man is also potty training like a dream!
*I want to throw in a little disclaimer before we get started, potty training is different for everyone and every child is different. My son is 28/29 months old and just now started showing interests/signs he’s ready to potty train. So don’t rush your child, it will happen on their schedule.
Before we even started potty training, I sat down and looked at my calendar to find 3 Days that I could commit to staying at home. Now to some of you 3 days may seem like no big deal, but I am a busy body! And I’m always on the go so committing to 3 days seem liked an eternity! (JK). Thankfully Austin experienced this ridiculous cold spell right after Christmas, making it a perfect time to turn up the furnace and spend some quality family time at home!
Once I had my days selected my next stop was Target to gather my supplies. Which included: a potty seat insert for our regular toilet, flushable potty training wipes, and training wipes. If you read about the 3 Day Potty Training Method, some people will recommend using a little potty that you can keep in your living room or whatever room you are in. Personally I’m not a fan of little potty’s because at some point you’ll have to transition your child to the regular toilet in your home. Why not start there? But the choice is yours and you need to do whats going to make YOU and YOUR CHILD COMFORTABLE.
(If your choosing to use a potty seat insert and your potty training a boy, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT through away the splash guard. Being that this is the first time I had potty trained a boy I left the splash guard on the floor in the bathroom allowing our dog the opportunity to snatch it and chew it up. (Insert: face palm) Oh well, live and learn.)
Day 1 of Potty Training
On Day 1 as soon as my son woke up, I undressed him and took him to the bathroom to sit him on his new potty seat. At first he seemed a little concerned or uncertain about sitting on the potty but after a few minutes of reassuring he calmed down. It was then I explained to him that from now on he won’t be wearing his diapers anymore and if he has to go potty then he needed to go to the bathroom. Now I know this might seem silly because he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about, but whenever me or my husband is about to implant a change in our family we like to sit down and explain to the kiddos what is going. For the rest of the day our son only wore a long shirt around the house, no pull ups or training underwear allowed. Pull ups or training underwear could be confused as a diaper and we wanted absolutely no confusion. To encourage my son to go the potty I gave him a steady supply of water and salty snacks to encourage him to drink. And every 15 to 20 minutes we would go sit on the potty seat. I must admit by 1 or 2 o’clock of the first day I was feeling a little discouraged. My son had managed to not only pee on my floor twice, but my couch once while I was out of the room. (Thank goodness for slipcovers and vinyl flooring) And I began to question if he was ready to potty train, so I told myself I would keep going and reevaluate at the end of the day. So with the help of Alexa’s timer every 15 to 20 minutes we kept going back to the bathroom. Thankfully sometime late afternoon or evening I was able to catch my son as he started to tinkle and whisk him off to the potty. 8 hours in and we finally had our first tinkle on the potty, I was thrilled and so was he! Together we sang and did a potty dance that ended in him flushing toilet which seem to be even more amazing to him then dance. After his first successful bathroom trip, we had one more accident on the floor but TWO successful potty trips. Bringing day 1 to 3 successful bathroom trips. Not a lot, but progress!
Day 2 & 3 of Potty Training
Day 2 of potty training was much like Day 1. My son continued to go bottom less and every so often I would remind him to take a drink of water. I wanted to make sure we had as my chances as possible to sit on the potty. But unlike Day 1 we started going to the bathroom every 20 to 30 minutes instead of 15 to 20 and he seemed to be doing better. And by the end of Day 2 we had more successful potty trips then accidents on the floor, I was beyond thrilled. And nervous for Day 3. You see Day 3 is supposed to be the first day you leave your house for an hour or two right after your child goes to the bathroom. But to be honest with you I didn’t feel ready to go out just yet. Yes my son was doing well using the potty, but I felt like we just needed an extra day at home to work on the basics. So we did! Remember the 3 Day Potty Training Method is a guideline that can be modified to fit you and your childs needs.
Day 4 of Potty Training
You know how I told you at the beginning of the post that I’m a busy body that enjoys being on the go, well you can only imagine by the time Day 4 of staying home rolled around I was dying to leave the house. My son didn’t have any accidents on Day 3 and I was feeling confident about leaving the house. So right after my son woke up and potty we packed up his potty seat in a little bag pack we had laying around the house and a spare set of clothes and headed out for a quick Target run. A quick stop in the bathroom after checking out and my handsome little had just completed his first outing at and it was an amazing success.
All in all I would have to say our experience with the the 3/4 Day Potty Training method has been a success. Its been a little over two weeks now and my son really seems to be mastering using the potty. Of course we’ve had some accidents along the way and not every day is perfect, that takes time. And he still wears a pull up when he goes to bed at night. I’m not quite ready to trust him over night but we will get there. Below I’m going to list the original potty seat I purchased and the one we are currently using right now. The Elmo potty seat would have worked out if the dog hadn’t chewed up the splash guard, but to be honest I’m loving his Baby Bjorn seat. It has a built in splash guard and its all plastic so its easier to clean at night. And during the day we use training underwear instead of regular underwear. I find the added thickness of training underwear to give me a little more piece of mind in case of an accident.
OH and one more thing! Here in the next couple weeks to a month I’m also going to be sharing our “Potty Training Bag On the Go” and what we keep inside of it. The bag and supplies I’m currently using have been great but I’ve only had them for a week or so and I want to make sure I fully test out the products before recommending them to all of you.
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