Potty Train Your Toddler In Only 2 Days. Here's How
LifeAspire Staff 6/13/2017
Potty training is perhaps one of the most dreaded part of parenting given how stressful it is for both the parent and the child.
Countless books and advice that exists on the topic, but many seem to have a counter-intuitive effect and just end up making the matter worse and more overwhelming!
But if you are one of these parents who is worryingly approaching the age when your child should be potty trained, then here is some real life advice that will not only make the process less daunting but also provide you with practical tips that are simple and easy to follow.
Meg Collins who writes the popular blog Lucie's List, calls this the 2-day-method for potty training and has tried it on both her kids with success. The best part is that the method doesn't really require any fancy new equipment, extensive research, or any specific skill.
What it does need however, is a little bit of patience and persistence to carry you through the two days! In the scheme of things, this really isn't too much to ask for given the quick reward!
So without further ado, let's get started on how to equip your child with this very important life skill without going bonkers yourself!
The first step in getting started is picking the best time to potty train. Ideally, a three day weekend or long holidays like Spring or Christmas break work best since you can have uninterrupted access to your child without other commitments. Once you know the 'when', step two is to make sure you have a kid size potty or potty seat, stepping stool, and underwear.
Also use this time to designate the safe space in which to potty train. Many homes have carpeted floors or expensive rugs, and parents aren't really dying to ruin them with urine stains. So either roll the rug away for the time being or choose to hang out in your backyard for most of the time while training for the two days.
Day 1 Routine
As soon as everyone is up, make a celebratory announcement that it is potty training day and spread some excitement. Then dress your child in just a shirt with no diapers, pants, or any other bottoms. It is also important to keep the child hydrated so make sure you have plenty of water or their favorite juice on hand.
The plan for the rest of the day is basically to let the child play as usual but taking them to the potty every 15-20 minutes. Don't ask "do you need to go potty" Meg says, since usually the answer is always no. Just tell them it's potty time and whisk them away.
Sit on the potty for a few minutes only. If nothing comes out, then try again in the next 15-20 minutes. The point is to make it fast and easy, as opposed to a task that the child sees as interruptive, boring and long. If the child has an accident, don't get upset or say "it's okay". Instead remind them that pee and poop go in the potty.
Day 2 Routine
Repeat everything you did on day 1 exactly, except you can have the child wear pants or shorts that are easy to take off. Still plan to stay at home with minimal outings and continue to celebrate the moments when the child does pee or poop in the potty.
Make sure the child's activities for the day aren't too engrossing, we don't want them whining or crying when it's time to go potty. Remember that it is still okay to use diapers for nap and nighttime.
- Work with a partner in case clearing the schedule for a consistent two or three days is not possible.
- Any season is good for potty training, but summer works best since the child doesn't need to be bundled up and can run around naked. Feel free to use socks or legwarmers otherwise.
- Treats, potty training books, movies, and toys, all make for great additional incentive. Don't feel guilty for using them. Most likely the child will outgrow them within a week or two as going to potty becomes natural.
- Character underwear is an easy way to motivate the child to stay away from diapers. Start using them on day 3 to give the child some time to adjust with using the toilet.
It's easy to see how potty training your child in 2 days is as much a test for the child as it is for the parents. But if parents can keep their cool and remain stress free, than the child too will respond positively to this big change in their. The two day method in short, is full of common sense and tricks that reinforce a simple concept in a consistent manner.
One of the best part of parenting is knowing all the wonderful possibilities that exist for your child and hoping they pick a path that brings them the most happiness in life. But before they become the best actor, doctor, lawyer or whatever, a 2-day potty training victory might just be your first place to start!
Sources: Lucie's List, FB Image Source: YouTube/OKbaby