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Common Potty Training Questions

Is my child old enough to potty train?

The age at which a child is ready to be potty trained can vary, but most children are ready between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. However, some children may not be ready until later, and some may be ready earlier.

There are a few signs that can indicate that a child may be ready for potty training, including staying dry for longer periods of time, showing interest in using the potty, being able to follow simple instructions, and having regular bowel movements.

It's important to remember that every child is different, and there's no one "right" age to start potty training. It's also important to approach potty training in a positive and patient manner, as it can take time for children to fully grasp the concept and gain confidence in using the potty.

Do I Need Training Pants? 

Potty training pants, also known as training pants or pull-up diapers, can be a helpful tool in the potty training process, however, disposable pull-ups can hinder the process. Disposables say they are designed to look and feel like real underwear, but with extra absorbency and easy-to-use features like tear-away sides or elastic waistbands, but we can all see that they look and feel like diapers. 

Changing from disposables to Cloth Training Pants is an excellent way to mark the transition from diaper use to toilet use. If you are ready for a different result, you need to do something different! 

Potty training pants can help your child transition from diapers to underwear and give them a sense of independence and control over the potty training process. They can also make it easier for your child to pull their pants up and down when using the potty on their own.

Trainers should have the following features.... 

    • Allow the child to feel wet when used. This gives them natural consequences and helps create the brain-to-body connection necessary to effectively potty train
    • Be trim around the legs and waist.  With less bulk a child naturally understands these underwear will not offer the security a diaper offered.  
    • Be easy to pull up and down so your toddler can own the process

How do I use Potty Training Pants?

When you are ready to potty train begin the dialogue with your child and set expectations in the right place. Pick a date on the calendar and review that day daily, showing your child that you are getting closer to being OUT OF DIAPERS. Introduce them to the training pants and explain that these are the new underwear to use, and that they won't act like a diaper.

When the day of no-more-diapers arrives, put your child on the toilet as soon as they wake up and catch the morning pee. This starts you off with success! 

Then put the training pants on them. 

Your child WILL USE THEM AS A DIAPER out of curiosity. The human nature is to test things. 

How Do I Potty Train In 3 Days?

Here are some steps you can follow to help you potty train your child in three days:

  1. Preparation: Before starting the potty training process, make sure you have all the necessary equipment, such as a child-sized potty, plenty of underwear and pants, and cleaning supplies. Also, prepare your child by talking to them about using the potty and how it works.

  2. Timing: Choose a long weekend or a period where you can dedicate your full attention to potty training. This means no distractions, no errands, and no visitors.

  3. Encourage Regular Potty Breaks: During the three days, encourage your child to use the potty every 20-30 minutes, especially after meals or drinks. If they successfully use the potty, give them lots of praise and rewards.

  4. Ditch Diapers: During the three days, keep your child naked and ditch the diapers completely. This will help them understand that it's time to use the potty, and help you see if they have an accident.

  5. Positive Reinforcement: Encourage your child with positive reinforcement, such as stickers, high fives, or small treats, to help them stay motivated.

  6. Stay Patient: Remember, accidents are part of the process, so stay patient and don't get discouraged. Keep encouraging and reinforcing your child's progress, and they will eventually get the hang of it.

Does Potty Training in 3 Days Work? 

Potty training in three days can work for some children, but it may not be successful for everyone. The success of potty training in three days largely depends on your child's readiness, temperament, and individual development.

However, please remember that this is a learning period, not an event that ends. We use a 3 day period to mark a transition to the change of using the toilet, and take this time to teach our children so they will be equipped with these new skills. Chances are - Your child will not be potty trained at the end of 3 days.

While some children may be able to grasp the concept of potty training quickly, others may take longer. It's essential to be patient, consistent, and supportive throughout the process, regardless of how long it takes.

Potty training is not a one-time event, and accidents will happen even after your child has learned to use the potty consistently. Consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement are key to long-term success.

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