This book, Toilet Training in Less Than a Day makes it easy to toilet train your child and it really does work. It’s method is not new (my mother in law used it on her kids), but it has consistently worked in less than one day with each of my 3 children. I have trained all my kids at about age 2 1/2 or 3. I have had unsuccessful attempts any earlier than 2 1/2. On the potty training day, you send your other kids and distractions away while you focus the day on your child and give her lots of praise and adoration for her accomplishment.
When she has an accident, she will practice 6 times getting to the potty. My kids HATED practicing so they learned in a couple hours. The book will tell you all about this.
You will need:
- Lots of salty snacks (that will induce thirst)
- Tons of drinks such as water, juice, soda, kool-aid or anything they like to drink
- a potty seat that has a removable seat and bowl (trust me on this!). We have one similar to the one on the link. We also have these permanent child seats on all of our toilets so when our kids are first training they can feel confident about not falling in but adults can still use the toilet without having to remove the gross baby toilet seat that often has pee all over it.
- Potty Books. This one is for boys and this is the one my daughter is reading in the picture. I like this one for boys as well because the illustrations are really great. You can also check out some potty books from your local library. We start reading the potty books in advance of the training.
- We did a sticker chart for our kids when they went potty, but it’s not necessary. We just wanted to give them lots of praise.
If you have a little boy, here’s a tip for you that took me a long time to figure out.
TIP: Teach boys to lean forward and point their penis gently downward into the toilet! Since they sit on the potty when they are first learning, their little fountains can be unpredictable! We had pee all over the shower curtain when our boy was sitting on the toilet. I still can’t figure out how that happened! On the bright side, when your boy needs to do a urine sample for his kindergarten doctor exam, peeing in a cup is a lot easier than with girls.
I didn’t find potty training my boy to be any harder than my girls. In fact, I was sick on the day my son potty trained and my older girls did most of the work!
We do our set up in front of Dora to give us something to do. The book says you’re not supposed to do that, but we have had success with having some “sitting down” activities to do while keeping the kid contained to a small area.
Another Tip: keep a towel under the potty just in case there are any drips and there always are!
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