Remember when I announced I was going to potty train in one day? Well, I did it!
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So, here’s the honest truth for those of you who don’t want to watch the video or want a little more information…
How I did it:
We started at 9 am. My oldest son took care of the other kids, and I locked myself and Creed in the master bedroom that has an attached bathroom because I did not want to hang out in the bathroom all day. (call me crazy)
I gathered all the little boy underwear I could find in the house. I had snacks and homemade lemonade for him. And I had my notes on how to do this thing!
It took WAY longer than I expected for him to go potty for the first time. It was 1½ hours before he finally had to go to the bathroom! He had been practicing getting on and off the toilet and washing hands and pulling off and on his pants and underwear, but when it came to that first time of going, not a chance was he going to get on the toilet.
We had been practicing every 15 minutes and rewarding him when he was dry with a treat. And yes, FINALLY, he did realize he had to go, and he was willing to get on the toilet and go! WOOT!
Something I forgot to mention in the video is that every time he went potty, we texted Daddy. Creed loves to text emojis to daddy, so this was a real treat for him! He also got it into his head that he was in a competition and had to win the potty wars. Boys are so funny – but hey, whatever works, right?!
After he had initiated going to the bathroom and actually went 3-4 times, we left the bedroom. This was around 1:30 pm. We had been in the bedroom a little over 4 hours.
Now, here’s where I deviated greatly from the book and the blog post I read.
I still asked if he needed to go potty. I still checked to see if he was dry. I still took him to the bathroom periodically because if I didn’t do these things, he had accidents. I also bribed him to go a couple of time with treats – which he quickly responded to. I decided we had to do what worked for us (and for him), not be uber-militant about the program.
So, the moment of truth…
Can you potty train in one day?
Um…not really. At least not literally – all done – no more accidents – kind of potty training. (at least not in my world!)
BUT…it was WAY more successful than ANYTHING else I had tried up to this point. Short answer – I’m pleased!
He still has very minor accidents. He still struggles to actually poo in the toilet. He still wants to change his underwear every time he goes, but we are getting there. I can handle this.
If you’re looking for the book, here it is: