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How the 3-Day Potty Training Method Works


Whether it is boys you’re potty training or girls, “You will seriously be spending all waking hours with your child for three days,” says 3-Day Potty Training author Lora Jensen.

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Before you can actually start to potty train your kid, you need to know – when’s the right time to potty train? It’s really simple to know when’s the right time, as your kid will start showing signs like

  • hiding to poop
  • expressing interest in you using the toilet
  • tugging at dirty diapers
  • and having enough verbals skills to let you know when they need to go

The time frame, where these signs start showing up, is really different for different kids. But whenever they start to pop up, know that your kid is ready to be potty trained.

This is when you need to know all about the 3-day potty training method. 

The 3-day Potty Training Method

“The parent(s) needs to know that it will take work and you have to dedicate a full three days to the child. This means giving up ‘me’ time. You won’t be cooking, cleaning, or visiting with friends—or Keeping up with the Kardashians. You will seriously be spending all waking hours with your child for three days,” says Lora Jensen, author of 3-Day Potty Training.

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And the time you’re figuring out the 3-day potty training, she says, you must plan ahead: “Have your shopping done and meals prepared ahead of time. Do the laundry and clean the house prior to starting. Be ready to play games, color, watch cartoons and just enjoy some bonding time with your child.”

Plus, to cope up with the older kids, you must arrange playdates out of the home. Make sure these three days are a mission for your new “soon-to-be potty pro”.

Everything you need for 3-Day Potty Training

1. T-shirts

You cannot use diapers while going through this because the theory is – if the kid is aware there isn’t a diaper to catch the pee or poop, it would click that he must get his bare butt to a potty.

Get a few t-shirts and use them to cover your kid’s private area because he’s gonna be commando for three straight days 😉

“We do not put pants on the child during the training process because we want to be able to see when they have an accident,” she says.

“Accidents will happen; that is part of the training. Children learn from having those accidents.” But you need to get this in your mind that punishment is against training.

You can not yell at your kid or raise your voice even a little when trying to potty train. You just have to keep supporting, clean up the accidents and simply encourage them to make it to the toilet next time.

Praise goes a long way! 

2. Prizes

Hit up the local general store for potty training incentives like:

  • cool stickers
  • action heroes
  • coloring books
  • crayons and stuff your kid likes

Remember there’s a difference between a prize and a bribe. Stay strong and only give prizes for peeing right in the toilet, not all over themselves or on the rug.

3. Drinks

Make sure your kid drinks more than usual, don’t force or put any kind of pressure, just encourage him to drink more. This will simply cause your kid to have to pee again & again, and that’s when you potty-train him.

4. Gentle Reminders

If your kid isn’t going to the toilet after sucking up a juice box, remind him to go. Though she’ll simply say “no” to your face, just tell him to try.

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So this was everything that you’ll need for the 3-day potty training method. Let’s dive in and put together everything we just learned.

The 3-Day Potty Training Method: Procedure

I’m gonna keep this short because when I first came across this really good method, there was a lot of gibberish on the Internet and I didn’t like it at all.

This procedure is simply nice, why make a big deal out of it? So below’s a step by step small procedure and by the time you get it done, you’ll have a potty pro yayyy.

  1. Change your kid’s soggy diaper when he wakes up in the morning and bid farewell. Better have your kid throw the diaper out and say “bye-bye” to it.
  2. Dress your kid up with an oversized t-shirt (that’s it) and explain to him gently that there is not gonna be a diaper to catch the pee-pee or poop now. He has to put it in the potty.
  3. Give your kid some breakfast and also an extra drink. Next, lead your little one to the potty. It MUST be a successful trip after all the liquids.
  4. Continue with the day, but remember, you cannot leave the house during the potty training. It should be a complete LOCKDOWN.
  5. Play, read, draw, color, watch cartoons and enjoy!
  6. Keep a constant sippy bottle of water near your kid.
  7. Make sure you walk him down to the potty every 15 minutes, all day long for three days.
  8. You need to cut off all the liquids and snacks after dinner while potty training so that he wakes up dry after a sound sleep.
  9. Before going to sleep, complete one final potty mission.
  10. Make sure to put up alarm midnight and wake up your kid to pee.
  11. Repeat the same procedure for the next two days
  12. IMPORTANT: Do not, under any circumstances, be upset about the accidents. You might have to do a lot of laundries, say bye to some bedsheets, watch him ruin your favorite couch. But none of these are worth more than your kid going in the potty to pee & poop.

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So this is everything you need for the 3-day potty training method. Prepare for it, prepare yourself for it and go with it step by step. Trust me, it’ll all be worth it.

Share this article with your family or friends who you think might need to potty train soon. Comment below if the method worked wonders for you. That’s all for today, Ciao.