We finished the 3 day no-diaper, no pull-up potty training method way back in January. I really liked this method because my son immediately saw the cause and effect of going to the bathroom without a diaper on. There was no pull-up to fall back on. There was no pants or underpants to fall back on either. The method is detailed here.
What we found using this method is that, no, it does not work in just three days. Potty training is a process. Once you master going on a potty seat at home, you must master going outside of the home, then you need to master going on a potty without the potty seat, etc. It takes time. However, my son realized after a couple accidents on the floor (I want to say about 3), what he was supposed to do. It was just a matter of figuring out how to do it.
Recently, we successfully traveled on a two week trip to visit family without taking his potty seat along. This was a huge accomplishment. He is finally to the point that he is able to tell us when he needs to go in a public place without asking him every little bit. Woohoo! (Now to tackle the overnight diaper…sigh)
I compiled a list of items that we found helpful during the 3 day potty training.
1. A potty seat. The feeling of falling into the toilet is very scary for a little one. This makes using the potty a little less intimidating. The potty seat was great to take outside of the house to use in public restrooms. We really like the Pourty Potty Seat which works really well on our oval toilet.
2. A travel potty. The travel potty was great to use in the house in those early days of potty training. It transports easily from room to room and we have also used it in the back of the van when we were on the road. We have the Baby Bjorn Travel Potty and have no complaints.
3. Gerber training pants. These are great first underpants for your toddler because they offer a bit of protection for leaks without feeling like a diaper. If your kid feels like they have a diaper on, they will use it.
4. Towels. During the 3 day potty training, we covered the main carpeted areas with towels to prevent lots of stains. We generally stayed in one room in the house during this process, but when we needed an escape from the living room, I covered the carpet with towels. You will need them for cleaning up big accidents too.
5. Carpet cleaner. Because accidents will happen…
6. Juice. My son rarely gets anything to drink other than milk and water. Having juice is a real treat. He guzzled this down, helping with the potty process.
6. Treats. Again, we rarely have candy in the house. M&Ms were a major incentive for successes in the potty. We did 2 M&Ms for poo and 1 for pee.
I hope this helps you in your potty training process as much as it helped us! What do you suggest adding to the list?