One of the biggest steps to becoming a toddler is learning how to go potty like everyone else. This big step can also be a dreaded nightmare for the parents. It doesn’t have to be and if it is done right it can be a very simple process for everyone involved. Potty training in one day is an excellent way to face it head on.
Make Sure They Are Ready
One of the very first things you want to do is to ensure that your toddler is actually ready to be potty trained. Every child is different and not every child will be ready to potty train at the same time. It is important not to get discouraged if toddlers around you are becoming potty trained and your child is just not ready. The normal age to begin trying is between two and three years of age.
One of the first signs you want to look for in your toddler is keeping their diaper dry for at least two hours at a time. A lot of toddlers will start to dislike having a wet diaper and others will show a lot of interest in peeing like mommy and daddy do.
What You Will Need
About a week before starting the potty training in one day method, you will want to start gathering things you may need. You will also want to start talking about it with your child to ensure they are prepared and can even get excited about being a big boy or girl.
You first need to decide if you are going to use a potty chair or simply a small potty seat to go on top of your existing toilet. Either of these choices will work. If you are going to use a reward system, you will want to choose the rewards you think will work best with your child. If you are training a little boy, you may want to have cheerios on hand or anything that is flushable and small that can be placed in the toilet as a target practice. Lastly, you can choose to use underwear or just go bare bottom. It is best not to use pull-ups when potty training since they feel just like a diaper to your toddler.
The Big Day
Prior to the big day you should have had a lot of discussions as to what is going to happen. You will want to explain getting rid of the toddlers diapers and wearing big pants like mommy and daddy. It is important for the parents to be prepared for plenty of accidents. This is going to require a lot of patience, but you need to face this with a no turning back attitude.
On the big day, you will want to wake your child up and make your first stop the bathroom. This will be your first attempt at potty training in one day. If your toddler does not need to go, wait 15-20 minutes and try again.
Be prepared for a lot of repetitive actions of going back and forth to the bathroom. If you have a timer you may want to set it to ensure time does not get away from you. You will want to take your child to the bathroom at least every 30 minutes. Don’t get discouraged if they have an accident in between.
As a parent, be prepared for many accidents before your child actually gets the hang of being potty trained. Most children will get the hang of it half way through the day. There are other children who may require a second day of training to get the hang of it.
The most important thing to remember, is not every child will be successful at potty training in one day. If they do not seem like they are going to be successful, wait a few weeks and hit it hard again.
Amy Wood is the mother 4 boys and 1 girl (yes, there's a set of twins in there!) She is married to her prince charming and they have a very busy life! She is currently a stay at home mom and writes for the SmartMom blog. Click here to download SmartMom and join the community today.