According to Lora Jensen, the solution to the potty-training calamity is right here and the best part? It only takes three days to do it! Sounds too good to be true? Well, according to her new book, “3 Day Potty Training,” it doesn’t have to be that difficult! But be prepared: the three days of this program are very intensive!
“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 […] 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.” says Lora Jensen, author of “3 Day Potty Training.”
It may at first, seem like a very overwhelming experience, but who can argue with the alternative? Here is how you can start your child on the path of independence from diapers:
When your child wakes up on the first day of the program, change his/her soggy diaper and tell them to throw it out themselves. Have them say “bye-bye” as the lid on the garbage can closes.
Have your child wear nothing but an oversized shirt that goes down to their knees. The important part is to explain that there is no diaper to catch their pee or poo, so they have to use the potty if they ever want to go because there is no safety net.
Give your child breakfast with an extra drink and as soon as they are done eating, make them go to the bathroom. They should be successful because of the extra liquids they consumed.
You will be spending three days straight without leaving your child’s side, so be prepared for a lot of playing.
Be sure to constantly have a sippy cup of water always within reach and make sure they are drinking regularly and take them on a trip to the bathroom every 15 minutes. Yes, that’s right, that’s every 15 minutes all day long.
After he/she has had their dinner, cut off all snacks and liquids.
Make sure they go to the potty right before going to bed.
Wake your child up in the middle of the night to go potty once. Yes, this means you are going to have to set an alarm.
Repeat everything above for the next two days.
If your child doesn’t want to go potty after having a drink, convince them to try. Whenever your child successfully goes potty, be sure to reward them with a cheap toy, sticker or small treat.
Wherever they are sitting, make sure your child sits on a bath mat. Most bath mats have a rubber bottom that liquids won’t be able to seep through. Accidents will happen, and this will create a barrier between their bottom and your couch or rug.
Never make a huge deal about an accident. Just clean them up, then move on.
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