The Secret to Potty Training Your Child in One Week
Potty training a child can seem like a daunting task. It’s one of the biggest milestones that our children reach, and one that us mommas are eager to reach!
I have potty-trained children so far, and each of them was potty trained before they were two. How did I reach that goal? That’s what this post is all about. How to potty train your child in just one week by the age of two.
Why you should start potty training at 2.
I know several mommas that feel like they need to wait until their child is “ready” before they start the potty training process. However, waiting too long to start potty training can make it more difficult than it needs to be.
Why? Because toddlers can be pretty stubborn, and preschool-aged children even more so! Two seems to be the magic age for us. All of my children have potty trained relatively quickly when I started them.
If for some reason you are reading this and your child is older than 2, these tips should still work. It may, however, take a little longer to get results.
Potty Training Regression
Children can regress after potty training. They may start to poop or pee in their pants again. Even after they’ve been using the potty just fine.
Honestly, I’m not a doctor, so I can’t tell you exactly why this happens. I just know that it does happen. Usually, because there has been some sort of change happen in the child’s life like divorce, new daycare, starting school, getting sick, etc.
My oldest son went through this shortly after we potty trained him. He started to poop in his underwear again. He never peed his pants or in the bed, just these incidents of pooping in his underwear.
I was super frustrated! I was thinking… “Why in the world are you doing this? You’re potty trained!” But, we stayed consistent with him. That’s really the only thing you can do when they have a regression from potty training.
Start taking them to the potty more frequently as if you were potty training them again. The problem will resolve itself. Just be patient.
Tips For Potty Training Your Child in One Week
Alright, now for the good stuff. Here’s some tips for getting to your final goal!
Tip #1 Buy special underwear.
Take your little one to the store and let them pick out their own special underwear. This will help get them excited about potty training.
I took my daughter to WalMart to pick out any underwear she wanted. (She picked Peppa Pig ones.) Then I told her that she needed to keep her special underwear clean, and that meant using the potty.
Tip #2 Create an environment.
You need to “set the stage” so-to-speak. What I like to do is talk to my kids before we start the potty training process. Show them the potty and talk to them about how and why they need to use the big girl or big boy potty.
So, several days before you want to start here’s what you need to do:
- Talk to them about using the potty.
- Tell them they are graduating from diapers.
- Buy their special underwear. (tip #1)
- Purchase a potty seat or small potty chair.
- Buy a mattress protector for their bed. (If you don’t already have one.)
Tip #3 When you start, don’t stop!
Once you start the potty training process, do not stop! No matter what! So, before you start make sure that you have a week that is completely free.
Here’s what you’ll need:
>Underwear. (Their choice.)
The Weekly Breakdown
- Day 1: Hide all the diapers! Have your child wear underwear only throughout your house, and expect messes. Keep the potty seat anywhere you and your little one are in the house. You want it to be visible to him/her.
- Day 2: Keep it up. This day will likely be about the same as the first day. But, be consistent. Take your child to the potty on a schedule throughout the day, and watch for their cues. Squatting, red face, touching themselves… these are all signs that they need to go potty.
- Day 3: Stay on your game. Consistency is key!
- Day 4: Remember not to let diapers be an option. If you have to go out, you can take your potty seat with you. Also, make sure they have extra changes of clothes. By now accidents will be less than day 1.
- Day 5: By day 5 you may not have to have the potty visible anymore. Try moving it into the bathroom.
- Day 6: Same as all the other days! ( See… it’s not that complicated!)
- Day 7: This is the final day. But, that doesn’t mean you should slack off. Keep it up. This is the last day of the potty training week!
Side note: Not all children will be night trained in one week. Boys are a little harder to get night trained. Below, I will leave some tips on night training that you should implement throughout the week as well.
Night Time Potty Training Tips
- Wake your little one several times throughout the night to go pee. (This means you will have to set an alarm. It doesn’t sound very fun, does it? But trust me… it’s worth it.)
- Take your child to the potty right before bed. (This goes for naptime, too.)
- Limit drinks around bedtime.
Tips for Potty Training Boys
I’ve successfully potty-trained 2 boys and 2 girls. In my experience, boys can be a little more difficult when it comes to potty training. So, here’s a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.
- Let them learn to stand up at the potty.
- Let them go outside. (If you’re in a place with no bathrooms readily available, let them pee outside. Discreetly of course.)
- Get a potty seat with a guard for boys. Like this one.
- Be more consistent with the night training tips. (Boys are harder to night train.)
- Be patient.
If your son isn’t potty trained by the end of the week, keep it up. He may need a few extra days.
Tips for Potty Training Girls
- Get a travel potty for when there are no restrooms available.
- Don’t put them in jumpers or anything one piece. (At least while they are potty training. That means no sleepers, too.)
- Get flushable wipes. (This can be for both, but it’s especially important for little girls to make sure they are staying clean.)
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Potty Training In One Week
Potty training doesn’t always happen in the same time frame for every kid. So, if you try these tips and they don’t work, keep it up. Your child may need some extra time, and that’s ok.
Disclosure: These tips are tips that I have used in the past, and they worked for me. I will be continuing to use them for any future kids. Also, I am not a medical professional, and this is not to be taken as medical advice.
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