One, two or three-day potty training methods sound too good to be true, but do they actually work?
WORDS CINDY LIM
There are many variations of this method, but the basis is the same: parents set aside a one/two/three-day period to commit to potty training. This method requires serious dedication and planning but is purported to be quick and effective. However, there is more pressure on the child and failure may be all the more disappointing.
Before starting the training, your child must be well,
stress-free and exhibit signs of readiness.
On day one, start potty training once your child is awake. Remove his diaper and seat him on the toilet or potty chair. At this stage, reward him for co-operating – even if it’s only for sitting. Extra praise and rewards if your child actually uses it. Naked bottoms are encouraged but for modesty’s sake, some parents prefer to use cloth training pants as the child will be able to feel wetness as opposed to diapers.
Throughout the day, give your toddler lots of fluids to encourage peeing and follow your toddler around. That means no distractions like Facebook, laundry, Whatsapp, or email. The moment you look away, you will likely be greeted with a puddle on the floor. Watch your toddler for signs that he needs to go potty and ask him if he needs to go potty periodically. When you think he needs to go, then take him to the potty. By staying with your child, it will be easier for you to prevent mishaps and also less likely to miss the signs.
Accidents are guaranteed, especially on the first day as you
familiarise yourself with your toddler’s I’m-about-to-let-go signs.
Accidents are a learning opportunity and not something that should cause you or your child stress. Never yell or otherwise punish your toddler for accidents as your toddler will be scared and will develop a fear of telling you when he has to go. On the second and subsequent days, repeat the process but gradually reduce the number of extra drinks given.
Parents should bear in mind that using these quick-training methods does not mean that your child will be perfectly potty trained in days – it just means that your child is using the potty rather than diapers, but he may still have accidents and you still need to help him with part of the process.