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Baby Potty Training: When To Potty Train Baby

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Baby Potty Training

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If you no more worry about the count of baby diapers that you’d need or are sure that the baby is ready to make the transition out from the diapers, congratulations! 

The next step after this massive growth is to potty train the little one to be independent and be able to use the toilet on their own, increasing confidence. The basic skills or the purpose of the whole process of baby potty training is to teach the kids to become aware and recognize the sensation or urge of their bodies, indicating the need to use the toilet. 

Having said that, remember that the whole process of baby potty training is bound to have accidents, but parents must make sure to stick to their potty training method and your toddler will be using the potty quite often in just three days.

Seems unachievable? Not with Parenthoodbliss. Read on to the article here and accept the three days baby potty training challenge and let us know how it got processed! 

First Things First, When To Potty Train A Baby?

Even before you decide on if the baby is ready to get potty trained, make sure they are aware of the whole idea of a ‘toilet.’ Let the little one visit the toilet with you and show them how to use the bathroom.

This includes showing them the functioning of the flush and of course how to wash their hands. You can start with it by reading the ‘I’m-ready’ signs like;

  • Them telling you that they want to pee or poop
  • Are bothered about a dirty diaper
  • Are asking you to use the potty

How To Prepare For 3-Day Baby Potty Training?

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to prepare to potty train the little one, which is just in 3-days!

1. Try and Pick the Weekend

Parents would need three days straight to only focus on their little one’s potty training. What better than a weekend?

The method that we’ll talk about later in the post will require you to spend three days inside your house, mentally preparing yourself to spend lots of time with your child. But mostly, having fun and dedicating the whole course to them and their growth! 

In case you are unable to dedicate three whole days for “x-y-z” reason, make sure to discuss what you’ve done with the healthcare provider on the final day and let them take it from there.

2. Stock Up

As and when the little one shows signs of being ready to be potty trained, make sure to stock up the drawer with baby underwear that the toddler can wear throughout the process.

It helps to purchase underwear that has cute and their favorite characters printed on them to further make the process even more exciting and fun.

Plus, having to spend three days indoors with the little one, you may want to think about some at-home projects with the kid. Such as, gathering art supplies, games, a movie, cooking, baking, or whatever helps to keep you and your child entertained. (You’d want to make the most of this process)

3. Let the Kid Take the ‘Goodbye’ Lead On Diapers

Make sure to not bring up the whole process all of a sudden and let it be informed and prepared. Having to use a baby diaper is a whole lot of deal that the children sort to get attached to, and just like any other chance, potty training is a huge shift from comfort to independence.

Try to start preparing the toddler at least one week in advance and let them take the lead of bidding “goodbye” to the diapers. As crazy as it may seem, take it from us, this process helps them a lot and let them know that they are in charge and are finally growing up just like the big kids. 

Another way of doing this is to take them to the diaper drawer and let them count them. Let them know that as and when we get closer, the count gets less and they will switch to wearing underwear. It may seem daunting to them at first, but they will surely get excited seeing their favorite character in their underwear and their new switch towards being a grown-up.

Baby Potty Training - The 3-Day Challenge!

Here is a day-on-day guide to help you simplify the potty training process for the little one and help them learn the fundamentals of a toilet.

Day 1 of Baby Potty Training

As soon as the toddler wakes up, start by taking their diapers off and let them spend at least the first day bare-bottomed. Without a diaper or underpants, the baby is expected to recognize when they need to use the toilet.

You may also want to place a little potty in the living room in case of emergencies. This is a personal call, while others may like to keep the bathroom activities in the bathroom only. 

To be assured of the need to use the toilet, try and give your kid a glass of water, juice, or milk so they could pee frequently. And notice the signs that indicate their need to pee and take them to the bathroom immediately to let them use the toilet. Also, make sure that the kid washes their hands after their use.

If the kid doesn’t want to try every 20 minutes or so, do not force them but tell them that you could try after they are done playing with the trains or (if they know numbers) will try when the clock strikes “02:30” or so.

Also, when they do the same, make sure to encourage them by using powerful words/sentences such as “good job,” “you did it,” “This is where the pee and poop belong.”

Day 2 and 3 of Baby Potty Training

The progress of baby potty training remains quite the same as days 2 and 3 as day 1. You may want to stay indoors for all 3 days or choose to spend some time out, if the kid is showing progress, for a change in the momentum. 

If outdoors is your pick, try to go to a playground or anywhere close by, but make sure to carry your portable potty with you in case of any emergency and you might have to use the public restroom. It’s ok to expect accidents, always carry underwear, and do not discourage the kid.

What To Do During Naps and Nighttime When Potty Training?

It is a personal decision of whether you’d want to or avoid diapers during naps and nighttime in the three-day baby potty training. Where some like to still have the babies wear their diapers during the nights to avoid wakes, the others prefer to keep the diapers off from the start.

If at all you are confused and don’t know which way to bend, it’s better to talk to the child and ask what they’d like. 

To Conclude: Baby Potty Training Toilet Tips

  • Make sure that the kid is using the washroom before leaving the house and when arriving at the destination.
  • Carry multiple changes of underwear and clothing when outdoors
  • Make sure that the teachers and nannies are aware of the little one’s signs to use the toilet and use the same terms at home too. These could be anything – pee, poop, doo-doo, tinkle, etc) 
  • Be calm and supportive during the baby potty training process as negative reactions could hinder the training process
  • Believe in your baby and the potty training process

Baby Potty Training FAQs

1) Is it possible to potty train a baby in just 3 days?

Yes, it is possible to potty train a baby in just 3 days, provided the method is kept in mind. Having said that, you are bound to face accidents and it is completely ok, just keep encouraging them and they’d surely ace the process.

2) What happens when a 3-day potty training doesn't work?

It is ok if the kid didn’t fully train themselves in three days or if the child has a regression. It is completely normal, and as every child is different when it comes to learning and growing, be assured that they will learn to use the toilet at their own speed. Just make sure to believe in the process and repeat with them.

3) How do toddlers indicate the need to use the potty?

Make sure to have a proper conversation and tell them that they will need to talk up to the washroom, sitting on the pot, and doing their business. Tell them to listen to their body and get the job done inside the bathroom, just like the big kids, or mama and dada.

Reviewed By :

Nimrat Sidhu - Pediatration

Nimrat Sidhu - Pediatration

Dr. Nimrat S Sidhu is a practicing pediatrician for about 5 years now and holds an MD pediatrics degree. She was the topper of her batch, has always had a keen interest in her core medical field, and is specially trained for neonatal resuscitation.

She has published multiple research papers on pediatrics and is interested in topics like Neonatal care, skincare, baby growth, vaccination, growth, and development.

On behalf of the editorial team at Parenthoodbliss, we follow strict reporting guidelines and only use credible sources, along with peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and highly respected health organizations. To learn about how we maintain content accurate and up-to-date by reading our medical review and editorial policy.

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