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    Updated on Aug 27, 2018. Posted on Jun 5, 2016

    Here's How To Potty Train Your Kid In Three Days

    Say goodbye to diapers in just 72 hours.

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    Potty training in three days? Can it be done?


    It sounds too good to be true, but the three-day technique works (usually) and has become one of the most popular methods.

    Here's how you do it:

    1. Make sure your kid is ready.

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    Try too soon and you'll need to sacrifice another three days down the road. Does your kid show the signs of being ready, like complaining about having a dirty diaper? If so, they're probably trainable.

    2. Find a good weekend, preferably a three-day holiday weekend. / Via Creative Commons

    You will be spending every second of these three days focusing on potty training your kid, so you want to select a three-day span when you have no work or school responsibilities. You can have fun on your next three-day weekend.

    3. Throw out — or better yet, give away — all of your kid's diapers.

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    This is for your own good, parents. It's easy to get frustrated on, say, day two and be tempted to give up and slap a diaper on your kid, but if you don't have one in the house you'll have to stay the course.

    4. Have your kid wear underwear only.


    You're going to want to have a lot on hand, too, because your kid will likely have a number of accidents in the beginning. So be prepared.

    Why have your kid wear underwear if they're just going to pee in them? So they can feel the discomfort of wet underwear if they have an accident and get used to pulling them down before going.

    5. It's also a good idea to get your kid underwear with their favorite characters on them (like Lt. Hopps and Nick from Zootopia).

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    That way you can tell your kid that Lt. Hopps and Nick don't like to get wet. This will give your kid extra incentive to stay dry.

    6. When you're ready to start, have your kid drink lots of fluids.

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    Preferably not Coca-Cola, though. Instead try kid-friendly drinks like water, juice, and milk. This will make trips to the bathroom more frequent and give your kid plenty of opportunity to practice going to the potty.

    7. Since your kid will be loading up on fluids and ready to pee at any moment, you're going to need to lose the distractions.

    You will need to give your kid your full attention, so put away your phone and turn off your computer. That way you're ready to pounce the second your kid shows signs of needing to use the restroom.

    8. Make your kid try to use the bathroom every 15 minutes on the first day, then every 30 minutes on the next two days.

    These potty training watches will help your kid — and you — keep track of when it's time to go. You'd be surprised how quickly 15 minutes can go by (even when you're potty training). Get one in pink or blue for $23.97.

    9. You should have your kid sit on the potty for at least five minutes during each of these visits even if they say they don't have to go.

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    One way to convince antsy kids to stay put is by letting them draw on the lid with a dry erase marker. Don't worry — it will wipe off.

    10. FYI, you're not off the hook between those regular bathroom visits.


    You will need to ask your kid every few minutes if they need to go, and follow them around so they're never out of sight (and possibly peeing on your rug).

    11. Stock up on rewards to reinforce potty training successes.

    If you don't want to use sugary treats, you can reward your kid with stickers, coins for a piggy bank or small trinkets from the dollar store.

    By the way, you can get the cute "potty pops" stand for $12.95.

    12. Speaking of rewards, you should reward your kid for staying dry, not for peeing. / Via

    Many parents make the mistake of rewarding their kid for peeing, but when you do this some kids will not fully empty their bladder in order to be able to go again in ten minutes and get another treat. Kids are crafty, man.

    To avoid this, try rewarding your kid for staying dry for extended periods instead. These can be shorter periods on the first day, then longer ones on days two and three.

    13. You should also let your kid know when you're happy and disappointed.


    When your kid is doing well, let them know you are pleased. On the other hand, when your kid has an accident you should show them you are disappointed (calmly, not angrily), but also encourage them to succeed the next time.

    14. Know there will be accidents.

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    You will need lots of paper towels on hand as well as a stain and odor remover. You can try one made specifically for potty training like DP (de-pee) Stain & Odor Remover, Oxiclean baby stain remover, or even a pet stain and odor remover.

    15. To make cleanup of #2 easier, put a coffee filter in your kid's potty.

    It will makes cleaning up a breeze, but you might not look at your morning coffee the same way ever again.

    Find this cool hack and other potty training tips at Mama Frankenstein.

    16. If your kid is refusing to go #2, have them blow bubbles while on the potty.

    This will cause your kid to loosen their stomach muscles and make going easier.

    17. To make cleanup of accidents at night easier, use this clever hack.

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    Put a layer of puppy pads under their bed sheet, with another sheet underneath (pads, sheet, pads, sheet). If your kid has an accident, you can just peel off the top, soiled layer of sheets, toss out the layer of puppy pads, and let your kid go to sleep on the dry sheet underneath.

    18. You can also make nighttime training more fun — and less scary — with this motion activated toilet light.

    Get it for $19.95.

    19. Lastly, remember the potty training isn't over at the end of day three.

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    Your kid will likely have some setbacks, but if you keep reinforcing the training they will get the hang of it.

    Ready to give it a try? Here are a couple in-depth resources that could be helpful:


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