I would like to think, that I am an expert when it comes to potty training. I did potty train three kids so far, and I have another kiddo coming up shortly. I potty trained, using the same exact method each time “my way”.
My oldest was two and a half when I started to potty train her. My younger daughter was 15 months, (record breaker, she was} My older son, two and a half. The baby is only four months old, when he’s out of diapers, I’ll let you know that accomplishment as well.
So, first, how I managed to potty train… I got to tell you, your kid has to be ready! They have to understand the whole “I got to go” thing. You can’t teach that. If they’re telling you, “I peed I need changed” that’s too big for diapers, time to start…In my opinion. I started long before we hit that phase. I did the whole “your diaper is wet; you need changed thing. Let’s go potty, do you have to go?” that got them ready to know and ready to want to throw those diapers away.
incentive, I made a jar. It was the princess jar for the girls with pretty river rock. For the boy, black river rocks, I put it in the bathroom. Every “hooray” got a rock dropped, “big deal, happy song and dance”. That was the incentive, and celebration for wanting to go… To drop a rock in the jar. To get prizes if the jar gets filled.
Secondly. I stress this. I stress this loud. Do not plan to go anywhere. Nowhere at all. For at least 3 days. 3 days of sitting at home playing fun stuff with your kiddo until these 3 days of potty boot camp are done. Seriously don’t make unnecessary happen. Prevent them!
As soon as your kiddo wakes up, on that long weekend or weekday when you plan to start, put the big kid undies on them. Have them pick them out, make it fun for them. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Go through out your day. Every 30 minutes it will ding. You take your kiddo to the potty set them on it, read a small book, talk, sing etc. If they go potty, drop a rock in the jar! If not, try again in 30 more minutes. All day! All day long. Every 30 minutes. Don’t miss a pee break! Or you will have an accident.
Day 2. If you’re ready to try 45 minutes, bump the time up. Do as what you see fit, if not stay at 30 minutes. By the end of this day, my kids never had accidents because I was so persistent on breaks.
Day 3. I moved the time to every hour. By the end of this day, they were coming to me “i got to go pee”
Simple. Your kiddo will be potty trained in no time.
Day 4 you can start simple little trips. Go potty before. Right when you get to your destination. Before leaving & coming home. You should be accident free, but doesn’t mean they won’t happen. They are kids, accidents happen.
Of course, my way doesn’t work for every kiddo. But it worked for 3 of mine and a few friends who I told how to do my way. Give it a try! If not, maybe you just need to find your way.