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My just turned 2-yr-old son was sitting on the potty. It was day two of the three day potty training method and it wasn’t going well. The first day he peed on the couch. Luckily, I had put a towel underneath just in case.
The morning of the second day, I started having horrible contractions. We didn’t even get through the second day of training because I went into pre-term labor and delivered my 4th child.
I put potty training off, waiting for a three day period where I could devote all my attention to it. After my 4th child was sleeping better at night, I decided to try again. This time I was diligent, keeping my son in the linoleum areas of the house, putting him on the potty every 30 minutes, using stickers, snacks, drinks, and treats.
Nothing seemed to work. After sitting on the potty, singing songs and reading books for at least 5 minutes, I would get him off the potty and 5 minutes later he would have an accident. I emphasized the need to be dry and clean; had him teach his beloved stuffed duck to use the potty, but to no avail. Plus, I was exhausted from feeding a newborn every 3 hours around the clock.
After the three days were up my son started to hate the potty. Simply saying the word would make him start to blubber and cry and I started to feel the same way.
However, I didn’t give up. I just changed my approach. I call it the Gentle Potty Training Method.
What Is Gentle Potty Training?
This is a strategy for moms who simply can’t devote more than one day to potty training, don’t want to clean up a bunch of messes, but want to stop changing so many diapers especially poopy ones. Here are the things I like about this method:
- No messes
- No treats
- Perfect for busy moms
- Can be used for very young children
The first step in Gently Potty Training is to get your toddler used to the idea of using the potty, emphasizing how everyone uses it. The key is to show how fun it is and how wet diapers are dirty and yucky.
In this step, I just have my child come into the bathroom with me, daddy, or anyone else in the family that feels comfortable with it. I show my child how everyone in the family uses the toilet and how no one except babies wear a diaper.
This helps children become familiar with the restroom, toilet, the process and all the noises involved. Some children are just afraid of the potty and the small cramped space in the restroom.
The next step is to get your supplies. You’ll need some underwear, potty seat or extender, travel potty, special potty book(s) and prizes, and training diapers.
I love Pampers Easy Ups because they have an underwear-like look and feel, but are 25% more absorbent than the other leading training pants which means no leaks even overnight!
After that, establish a potty routine. I started putting my son on the potty right after breakfast and after nap everyday. Even if he fought me I would make him sit for just a little bit with me and we would read a special new book that was only for the potty. When he got off, I praised him with lots of clapping and wahoos even if he didn’t actually go.
Anytime he wet his diaper I just reminded him where pee goes. Poo was different because I hate changing poopy diapers. So I made sure to tell him how dirty it is and even showed him what it looks like.
After a few days he got used to his potty routine and actually went in the potty right after his nap! Oh man were we excited about that. I rewarded him with a snack that he usually gets anyways. I then introduced him to the prizes he could earn if he stayed dry and clean for the whole day.
We also introduced underwear that he would get to wear if he stayed dry. Getting underwear with a special character that your child really likes and displaying them in a prominent place in their room really helps. You can even have your children wear the underwear under their Easy Ups just to get a feel of what it is like to be wet because the Pampers do an amazing job of keeping moisture away from the skin.
Gradually we added more potty times to our routine. We are up to 6 potty times now and down to using 2-3 diapers a day. I rarely have to change a poopy diaper and my son is so close to wearing those dinosaur underwear and playing with his special prizes.
Tips for the Gentle Method
While this method does work, it takes just as much patience and the results are not immediate. We’ve been doing the potty routine for about 3 weeks now. So, if you need your child potty trained quickly, and have the time, then I suggest trying the three day method first. The key is to keep up the potty routine no matter where you are, so a travel potty really helps.
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