Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Potty Training in 3 Days or Less

Seth is going to go through a lot of transitions this summer (moving to a different room, starting preschool, BECOMING A BIG BROTHER TO TWO) so we decided we'd better get started with potty training as soon as I was done with school.  A few months ago, I happened upon an article on BabyCenter.com (http://www.babycenter.com/0_potty-training-in-three-days-or-less_10310078.bc) about potty training in one weekend.  It sounded way too easy and too good to be true, but I decided we'd better start somewhere. 

The basic premise is this: NO MORE DIAPERS!  For the weekend in question, you completely clear your calendar and keep your couches and chairs covered.  Then, you strip your child down completely naked, offer juice and popsicles constantly, and keep a potty chair nearby.  When your child goes, you make a big deal (and a big fool of yourself) by dancing and cheering.  We picked the "Chicken Dance" for our celebrations, but you can do whatever you want.  There are no other bribes, no candy, no stickers, no nothing.  

We were skeptical at first, but within a half-hour Seth came to me and informed me that "no pooping on the floor mommy."  "That's right buddy, let's go sit on the potty."  Within a few hours, he had it down!  We had no accidents at all that first day! 

It's now been over three weeks.  The article recommends leaving him naked whenever you're at home, but he seems to be fine with loose shorts (no diapers, no pull-ups, no undies). We have had a few accidents where Seth will get busy doing something  and then inform me "I peed on the floor mommy!"  I gently remind him that pee-pee goes in the toilet and we clean it up together.  We have had no Number 2 accidents, at all (knock-on-wood).  I know that there will be some regression when the twins come, but for now, we are thrilled!  


  1. I am sooooo proud of Seth!! That is great, good job you guys

  2. Excellent! We've had a few false starts, so I think we'll try your method.