If you have a child between 18 and 36 months, you’re probably potty training. Let DealDash give you some tips and hints.
As a parent, you know that you will have to potty train your kids at some point. The truth is, this most likely a dreaded task that you would prefer to skip out on. You know that it’s going to be extra work – the meltdowns, the extra laundry, the messes. You’re even going to have to coordinate bedtime and even play times all around potty time. Let DealDash ease your fears about potty training just a little. It doesn’t have to be a months-long process. I potty trained my daughter at age 2 in just a week.
Let DealDash ease your fears about potty training just a little. It doesn’t have to be a months-long process. I potty trained my daughter at age 2 in just a week. If you have a boy it might take a little longer, boys are known for being a bit slower when it comes to the potty than girls.
3-Day Training Method
There is a potty training secret that I will share with you; it’s called the 3-day potty training method. 3 Days is in the title, and that’s the optimum time, but it might take a bit longer. I would suggest doing this over a long weekend, or if you have a vacation week coming up, do it then.
This isn’t going to sound fun, but hear me out. You have to quarantine yourself to the house for three days. If you’re lucky, potty training will be done on the final day. Say no to grocery shopping, visiting friends, and exercising at the gym. You have to be ready to do this, and be committed to the idea.
All you have to do is to put in all your energy and time into training this essential thing to your child. No magic tricks, just a simple “You have to do your ‘thing’ here.”
Some products will help you and your toddler with this process. For example, there are disposable training pants or diapers available at any big box store like Target, Wal*Mart, or K-Mart. In the beginning stages of potty training, diapers are out, and Pull-Ups are in. You might skip this step altogether, depending on what potty training method you use.
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You will also need a Big Boy/Big Girl Underwear. It’s best to get underwear with the child’s favorite characters or colors on it. Try Sesame Street, Princesses, or cartoons. You can take your child with you to pick out the underwear s/he wants. You can also check some underwear products online with your child, and then go shopping to find them. It’ll be a fun bonding experience.
Prepare for Accidents
There will be lots of accidents. Don’t worry, that’s a part of the process. For this, you would need disinfecting wipes. You can use them to clean hard surfaces and to clean off public toilet seats before your child is going to use them. I like the scented Clorox wipes, but any of the wipes that say they kill 99.9% of germs will work fine.
Even though potty training kids no longer need diapers, it’s not a bad idea to keep some baby wipes in your house to make sure that if an “accident” happens you have something to clean it. I also find baby wipes to be extremely handy for other messes such as wiping hands, booster seats, and even little faces.
Get a Little Potty for Up and Downstairs
What potty training is going to work without a proper potty seat? I recommend that you to buy at least two potty seats if you have a multi-level home, one for each floor. You can also buy a folding potty seat. You can’t go wrong with these when you’re traveling with your child or when you’re simply not home. They unfold, and you place a grocery store bag on them and let your child do their business, then simply throw the bag away. They are a life-saver on long car trips, even for kids who are 100% potty trained.
Back to the Training
As I said, this is a 3-day method. Keep your house at a nice temperature, and let your child walk around in underwear and a shirt. The idea is that once they have gone to the bathroom in their underwear a few times they will realize the feeling and make haste to get to the potty when they feel it coming.
This method works beautifully for my daughter, and while there were messes during the week that it took, it was totally worth it. Goodbye diapers, and hello savings! You can use the Pull-Ups training pants at night, but be sure to put underwear underneath them so they can realize that they’ve soiled themselves.
Good Luck and Thanks for Reading
GOod luck with the potty training! Thanks so much for reading this DealDash Tips article on potty training. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here are well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.com, DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.