Here are all the posts about my experience using the 3 Day Potty Training Method with my son Andrew. Initially they were posted all as individual journals but I decided to combine them all to save anyone who reads them the trouble of having to read multiple journals.
(Posted Nov. 2, 2007) I am currently attempting to complete the Potty Training in 3 days. This was Day 1.
Basic ideas behind the 3 day program include:
- -Using real, regular underwear from the beginning (not training pants or pull ups)
- - Focusing on "keep your underwear dry" instead of focusing on "go to the potty"
- - If they start to pee or poop, pick them up and run with them to the potty to put them on it so they know they are supposed to be going there.
- - Supposedly you are to also put them in underwear when they go to bed, making sure you get them on the potty before they go to sleep. Then wake them up right before you go to bed to get them to go potty again and the wake them up about half an hour before they usually wake up to get them to go potty again.
- - Not sitting them on the potty and just waiting for something to happen
- - You are supposed to spend the whole day with them so that you are available anytime they want to go potty (this means no tv for you, no internet, nothing that will really distract from time with your child)
After completing the program for one day, here's what I've experienced:
- - changed underwear for him 14 times today
- - I think he peed at least a little on every surface of our bedroom floor other than areas covered by furniture
- - had him pee in the potty twice and I think accidently have a tiny bit of poop drop in the potty once
- - had to change the sheets twice while he was down during naptime
- - my son didn't take a nap at all today
- - had my son tell me numerous times that he needed to go potty, only to learn that it wasn't true- lol
- - spent the day at home and didn't log onto the computer until about 7:30PM (which is very unusual because I usually log on in the early morning)
So, after all that experience today I am absolutely worn out. And instead of putting him down for the night with just underwear on, I put a pair of underwear on and put a diaper on over it so he will still feel the wet feeling of underwear. I'm also not sure I'm going to wake him up before I go to bed or if I'm going to try to wake him up 30 minutes early in the morning. I may just let him wake up as usual and change underwear and diaper like usual. We will continue the same process tomorrow and Sunday and possibly Monday (depending on how it goes and how much patience I have left at that time!) lol
Day Two Report (Posted November 3, 2007)
- - Only had to change his underwear 7 times today
- - He peed in the potty 3 times
- -He only peed into the floor twice today
- -He took a nap today
So, it seems that he's doing better overall. I'm going to keep trying again tomorrow and Monday if things go well tomorrow. And for those of you wondering, I purchased 32 pairs of underwear for this potty training event. :-)
Day 3 report: (Posted November 4, 2007)
I'll begin by saying- WOW! How far we've come in 3 long days. :-)
- -He pooped in his underwear both times today (but I'm ok with that in the grand scheme of things)
- - He only peed in his underwear twice today
- -He peed in the potty 11 times today!!! I am able to keep him home from daycare again tomorrow and I'm going to do that to make sure he is ok with not peeing on himself during the day.
My overall thoughts on the process are:
- -I consider Andrew potty trained for pee pee during the day.
- -Day one was absolutely horrible. I thought I was going to lose my mind.
- -Day two was rough in the beginning but he ended strong.
- -Day three was amazing.
- -Andrew seems to be able to hold his pee and pee when placed on the potty.
- -Andrew asks to go potty and he actually goes now (unlike the 1st and second days when he'd ask and just sit there)
This process takes tons of commitment for a parent (or other adult). The first day is extremely difficult and frustrating. I felt like I was cleaning up pee from dawn to dusk and then some. The second day was a mix of frustration and elation as Andrew went from struggling with it to actually making headway near the end of the day. And day 3 was great. From first thing in the morning on day 3 he was asking to potty and actually using the potty when he did. I'm ok with him not pooping in the potty yet. He only poops twice a day and so it's a lot less practice time with him with poop in comparison to pee. And since I have a few weeks off during Christmas, I'll probably spend time then working on the pooping and maybe even potty training him overnight if that hasn't worked out by then.
Day 4 (Posted November 5, 2007)
So, today was day 4 and I thought I'd offer another update. I kept Andrew home from daycare today just to see how he'd do one more day on the program. This is the first day that Andrew and I went out and ran a few errands. We only did drive thru stuff but were out for a while and he didn't have any accidents. And the rest of the time he was with me at home, he had only one accident, earlier in the morning. Then in the afternoon he went with his dad for a few hours which was a first for them since the potty training began. I sent along some extra undies and the seat that fits on the regular toilet because his dad hadn't bought any of that stuff yet. While he was with his dad, he had a poop accident (he didn't poop for me today) and he had a peepee accident when they were in Kmart but it was the first time since potty training that Andrew was out and about like that. And I'm betting his dad didn't have him potty before they left for Kmart. So, I'm excited even still. I did buy pull ups for daycare until I'm sure he's got it all down. And while I'm out of school for Christmas break, I'll keep him home more and work on it more if he's not fully trained by then.
Day 5 (Posted November 6, 2007)
Andrew went back to daycare today and did pretty well. He peed in the potty once during the day and his dad came and got him early and when he was with his dad he peed in the potty three times while he was there- no accidents (other than poop) at his dad's. And he had no accidents at home in the morning or in the evening when he got home.
1 Week Since Beginning (Posted November 9, 2007)
Last week at this time I was absolutely worn out and frustrated to no end. And now, a week later, I'm extremely pleased and happy with Andrew's potty training results. Today was the first day that we had absolutely no accidents at all. AND as an added bonus, he even went poop in the potty- for the first time! Yay!!! Although I planned to wait on the overnight potty training, I've decided to go ahead and work on it as well. I make sure he goes potty before I put him down for the night and then before I go to bed I wake him up and get him to go potty one more time. Since I've been doing this, he has remained dry thru the night and wakes up with a dry nighttime pullup. Thanks for all the support and encouragement from those of you that have provided it.
Update- One Month Later (Posted December 3, 2007)
So, it's been a month since I started the weekend of potty training Andrew. I thought I'd update anyone interested.
At daycare Andrew is still wearing pull ups. He's had some days where he hasn't had an accident at all. There are a few little girls in his class that started their training before Andrew and yet the teachers in Andrew's class say that he's doing the best out of all the kids that are using the potty. I know all kids differ in their abiity to train and such, but it's good to know that he's doing so well at school. I think most all of his accidents at school stem from him being so involved in whatever he's doing that he forgets to get up to go. And at home, Andrew is doing great.
During the day at home, I put him in regular underwear. He only poops in the potty now. And most of the time he goes all day at home without having any pee pee accidents. On Saturday he did have two accidents but only one was on the bigger side (lots of pee). The other was small (like he caught himself and decided to come tell me because I took him to the potty and he went right after). And I think the main reason why he had those two accidents was because we had just bought the My Friends Tigger and Pooh Christmas movie and he was just completely wrapped up in it.
Overnight I still put an overnight pull up on him. He goes potty before he goes to bed (numerous times when he's trying to stay awake) and then I wake him up right before I go to bed to get him to go potty again. I can't remember the last time he woke up wet. So, next week (when I am out of school for the Winter Break) I'm going to put him in undies for overnight as well to see how he will do. I also think I'm going to keep him home for a few extra days each week over the break to see how he does all day at home with just undies to see if I can get him into just undies all the time.
When we go out to run errands and such, he does a really good job too. I just ordered a fold up potty seat to be able to take with me when we go out. But so far, Andrew doesn't have any problem using the potty in public places. He has used the bathroom at Walmart several times (and the bathroom is so big that it echoes and Andrew LOVES that! LOL) and today when we had to go for our 3 month check up with the ENT for his tubes, he used the bathroom in the office too- no problem.
I'm very pleased with how well Andrew's done with his potty training. Although the first day was absolutely horrible. Looking back now, I know it was the best way for us to go.
Another update (Posted January 30, 2008)
Right at the end of our 2 week Christmas holiday craziness Andrew started having some peepee accidents. He averaged 1 accident a day, sometimes none, sometimes maybe 2 or 3. Finally we got back into our regular schedule of him going to daycare and me going to school. And for a week now he's been back on the wagon with no accidents again. Yay!
Update (Added August 28, 2008)
Since I decided to put all the journals on potty training in one post I figured I'd add an update. It's almost 10 months later and Andrew is absolutely, totally, 110% potty trained and has been since the after Christmas break regression for about 2 weeks. Andrew either goes on his own or tells me all the time now. I'm not worried about accidents really anymore and haven't put a pull up on him in what seems like forever.
He took swimming lessons this summer and we never used little swimmers or anything. He swam the whole time in his swim trunks and never peed in the pool. Anytime he needed to go, he'd demand I take him to the toilet! LOL It was great!
The main issue I am dealing with now is that Andrew wants to do everything by himself. This includes wanting to wipe himself without help when he goes poop. So, now, I'm dealing with poopy underwear because he doesn't ask for help and ends up not wiping completely. Not nearly as nasty as diapers or fully poopy underwear! :-)