With all five of my (typically-developing) children, I have been able to potty train in one weekend. Here are my top tips for potty training successfully in just 3 days.
(In other news, after many years, we are finally down to just two kids in diapers! These two kiddos (currently 3 & 10) have severe global developmental delays, so they will probably always be in diapers. But, yay!! I am happy! Okay, back to the point of this article…)
How To Potty Train In One Weekend
Wait until the child is ready.
- My children have been between the ages of 2 and 4-years-old when I potty trained them. Three of them were 2-years-old, one was 3-years-old, and the last one was 4-years-old.
- When I see signs that they are ready, then I start talking to them about it, explaining how to go in the potty, and I sit them on the toilet right before their baths a few different times to let them get an idea of what it is like (some of my children have been able to ‘go’ during one of these ‘just-for-fun’ sessions and that has made potty training even easier!).
- Be sure to hold onto them and help them stay balanced and secure while on the toilet so that they are not scared. Get a low stool for them to use for resting their feet while on the toilet to help them with balance and safety. (I did not use a special potty chair of any kind except for with my oldest)
- The readiness signs I look for are the child becoming aware of when they ‘go’ in their diaper, the child going to a special/private place in the house to ‘go’, and other similar types of things.
Set A Date And Jump In!
- Once I get positive feedback from the child, I set aside a few days to start potty training and excitedly announce it to build anticipation. I usually choose a Friday to start. I like starting on the weekend when my husband will be home to help and by Monday they are trained! Choose a date that will work for your family and then do it!
- Buy them new undies! Launder them and get them all ready for the event!
- Share how excited you are that they will be wearing underwear just like you and they will be all done with diapers!
What You May Need To Potty Train In One Weekend
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Exactly How To Potty Train In One Weekend
- Put your child in a longish t-shirt and undies. I like using a t-shirt long enough to cover their bottom but leave off the pants so that it is super easy to get them on the toilet quickly.
- If you have not already done so, set them on the toilet first thing and let them sit there for a minute to get an idea of what it will be like.
- Let them drink a lot of water. The reason I do this is so that they will get a full bladder and feel that they need to go potty.
- Set the timer for 15-minutes. When it beeps, have your child sit on the toilet for a minute and see if they need to go. Reset the timer. Do this all day, even after they ‘go’ in the toilet. This will help them get it into their head that they need to use the toilet.
- Offer an incentive. If your child is ready, it should be an exciting time for them to learn to go in the potty, but an incentive or reward is helpful. Offer a reward for the first time they go number one and another reward for the first time they go number two.
- Expect an accident or two. When it happens, stay super calm and tell them it is okay because they are learning right now. Usually, going in their underwear is not fun, so it encourages them to go in the potty next time.
- Usually, once they have gone both number one and number two in the toilet, they will go more easily after that. Some kids are nervous about the whole experience and are relieved to learn that it is not a scary event.
Nighttime Potty Training
- I prefer to do nighttime potty training right away. I did it this with 4 of my 5 kids. The 4 that I did it with all did great at night with only a couple of nighttime accidents. The 1 that I decided to let wear diapers/pull-ups at night took a lot longer to night train.
- Cut-off drinks at 7 pm, or about 1-hour before their bedtime. I have the child quickly drink a cup of water 1-hour before their bedtime. Then I do not let them have any more water after that. Have them go to the bathroom 1-2 times before bedtime, especially right before you tuck them in. Since you have been encouraging a lot of water throughout the day, they are well hydrated and do not need to drink.
- Have them sleep on top of a thick towel.
- Remind them that they need to go in the potty in the night.
- Leave the bathroom light on or have a night light so they can easily find their way to the bathroom.
- Check on them in the night. Sometimes my kids will wiggle in their sleep, or have just a small damp spot that I will catch and am able to put them on the toilet.
Repeat the above steps for the next couple of days/nights.
The only change will be to increase the timer to 20 and then 30-minutes between putting them on the toilet during the day. And instead of putting them on the toilet every time the timer beeps, I start asking them if they need to go. This helps them become independent and take some responsibility for their accomplishment!
This is how I potty train in one weekend – or about 3 days! I know you can successfully do it, too!