Last Updated on May 31, 2022 by Avi Steen
How to potty train a toddler in 3 days… Really? YES.
If you are a parent of a toddler, then you know that potty training can be a daunting task. It seems like it takes forever for them to learn, and sometimes they regress and have to start all over again.
But what if we told you there was a way to potty train your toddler in just 3 days? Believe it or not, this is possible with the right approach. In this blog post, we will discuss the 3-day potty training method and how you can use it to get your toddler out of diapers in no time!
I am writing this a month after initially using this method with my second child who is 20 months old. So I can proudly say that both of my toddlers are in underwear and I won’t have 2 babies in diapers since I am currently pregnant with our third.
That was definitely a goal of mine and I’m super excited to share how this method has been successful for us.
Yes, there have been some times of regression, and not every day is perfect but the fact that we’re saving money by not buying tons of pull-ups is a win for me.
So let’s get into how to potty train a toddler in 3 days!
Signs Your Toddler is Ready for Potty Training
The first step in potty training is to make sure that your toddler is actually ready for it. There are a few key signs that will let you know if they are:
-They are interested in the toilet or potty chair. This may mean that they want to sit on it, flush it, or even just watch others use it.
-They are aware of when they are having a bowel movement or urinating. This means that they will tell you beforehand or show signs of discomfort when they have to go.
-They are able to follow simple instructions. This is important because they will need to be able to understand and execute the potty training process.
-They are able to stay dry for at least two hours at a time. This means that they have the bladder control necessary to make it through the potty training process.
If your toddler is showing these signs, then they are likely ready to start potty training. The next step is to get them prepared for the process.
What You’ll Need for Potty Training
There are a few things you’ll need to have on hand before you start the 3 day potty training method:
-A potty chair or seat: This is where your toddler will do their business, so it’s important to have one that they are comfortable with. For my first child, I used a potty chair and for my second child, I used a seat because my first was adamant about emptying the chair into the big toilet without letting me know aka big messes.
–10 pairs of underwear: This is for those “just in case” accidents. It’s better to have too many than too few.
-Juice: This is a great way to get your toddler to use the restroom. My children don’t have juice regularly so they usually drink it pretty fast, prompting them to use the potty more, which is what we want during this method.
-Positive reinforcement: This is key in potty training. Be sure to praise your toddler every time they use the potty correctly.
-3 Days BLOCKED OFF: I’m a stay-at-home mom in the middle of a pandemic so this was pretty easy for us. We started on Thursday and ended on Saturday. We stayed inside and I meal prepped earlier in the week so my full attention was on my toddler.
3 Day Potty Training Method
The 3-day potty training method is a step-by-step approach that will have your toddler successfully potty trained in just three days. Here are the steps:
Day One: Teach and Redirect
On day one, I teach what accidents are, because they WILL happen and then I redirect my toddler. I tell her “Uh oh”, pee (or boo boo) goes in the potty”
Day Two: No Potty in Our Clothes
On day two we focus on making sure she knows not to potty in her clothes and work on her asking to use the potty. Both of my toddlers take a long time in grasping the asking for the potty situation and think I can read their minds. That’s neither here nor there.
Day Three: No Potty in Our Clothes Outside the Home Either
On day three we go on an errand, yes, in underwear, with emphasis on knowing that we don’t potty in our clothes when outside the home either. We actually went to the dealership and bought a new car on this day and had zero accidents. I was so hype!
There’s the outline of the method, now let’s get into what to actually do each day.
How to Potty Training a Toddler in 3 Days
Start with your regular morning routine, diaper, clothes, breakfast. At breakfast start giving them juice. I gave my daughter a full sippy cup of half juice, half water and just kept refilling it all day.
Set a timer for 15 minutes (I used my phone) and change them into just a top.
No diapers and no underwear. Repeat to them all day that “pee pee and poo poo goes in the potty”.
We went about our daily playing tasks and when the timer went off I would take her to the potty. No questions asked.
If she went, yay! I’d praise her and do a little dance. If not, I set another time for 5 mins until she did go. Once she goes I set a timer for 15 minutes again.
At this time they are learning about where pee and poo come from so when they have an accident, STAY CALM. I know I know, it’s an adjustment. But when they have an accident calmly tell them “Uh oh”, pee (or boo boo) goes in the potty”.
In the midst of the accident, I would pick her up, say Uh oh and carry her to the potty to finish. Sometimes she would, sometimes she wouldn’t.
You repeat this process ALL DAY. I personally, stop all liquids at 6:30 which is an hour before their bedtime.
For naptime and night time I put a pull-up on her because she doesn’t yet have that type of control while she’s sleeping.
Take potty first thing in the morning upon waking up. Change into regular underwear and a top. Remind your toddler: “pee pee and poo poo goes in the potty”.
Also : “let mommy know when you have to potty”
Just like day one, load up on juice but this time set a timer for 20 minutes. If they go, praise! If not, set a timer for 5 minutes just like on day one.
The same message when they have accidents, try to catch SOMETHING in the toilet and KNOW that regression is normal, sis. Give the full 3 days a try and don’t give up!
Repeat this process all day again.
Take potty upon waking up. Put on a full outfit.
This time, absolutely NO JUICE and NO TIMER. Just go about your regular drinking schedule. They will go about every 45 minutes to 1 hour, sometimes longer.
Remember this is the day we go on an errand, so make sure they have a successful potty right BEFORE leaving. Pack a change of clothes and sanitary wipes (to clean the public toilet if needed).
Run your quick errand (no more than 1 hour). We were personally out for 2 and she actually went potty at the dealership. YAY!
When you get home, go potty!
There you have it! The 3 day potty training method that worked for me and my toddlers. I hope this was helpful and that you give it a try. Our first child I will say was a lot easier to train because we introduced the potty a lot sooner (around 5 months old or so) and we’re still having not so great days with our second right now.
But potty training doesn’t have to be hard, emotional or complicated. Our children are smart and can catch on to things fairly quickly. Give this method a try and keep going. Some days will be harder than others but you’ve got this!
Let me know how it goes or any questions you have in the comments below! Until next time, mamas!
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Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!