Are you finding yourself hitting a wall? Is your child not really making any progress despite many attempts on your part? Is he throwing tantrums when you encourage him to use the potty instead of going in his diaper?
Well unfortunately you may have just chosen the wrong time to try to train him. Reevaluate his readiness, and make sure he’s showing some signs of being emotionally prepared to be potty trained.
If he is unwilling to attempt potty training in 3 days at all right now, then it might just be best to cool off and wait for a few weeks. Your child cannot be potty trained until he is ready, no matter what you do.
On the other hand, is your child basically receptive to the ideas of potty training but having trouble with the execution? Try walking him through the motions with his favourite toy.
Step 1: Put some of his new underwear on his favourite toy, and have him pull them down when you decide the toy has to use the potty.
Step 2: Sit the toy on the potty, and when the toy has successfully “gone potty” make sure to celebrate the toy’s victory!
Step 3: Tell your son that when he can use the potty, he can have a celebration too! A little party should be enough to encourage him and get him back on track.
Here’s a question; is your child in day care? If he is, make sure that your child is being taught the same way by both you and the workers at his day care. If he is being trained differently at his day care, and then coming home to a completely different teaching method this could explain why he isn’t making any progress.
Make sure to coordinate with his day care so no one is confusing him. If they’re training your son to pee standing up, either ask them respectfully to train him the way that you are or switch to their method. Potty training is confusing and stressful enough for children, so try to keep it as simple as possible! If you give him too many conflicting instructions, your child could become confused and discouraged.
Now, I don’t often encourage bribery, but sometimes a little bribe can be just what you need to get your child excited about potty training again. Some sweets or a small toy can encourage and motivate him. Buy him some picture books on potty training, or episodes of children’s shows that deal with toilet training.
This is all about keeping your child motivated to learn and succeed. Potty training is a highly stressful event for children, and a few extra sweets or toys while you’re attempting it won’t spoil him.
Do not feel discouraged if you do have to stop training your child and wait a few weeks. If you just push on in your training without checking your child’s progress, you could do worse than waste your own time. You could turn your child off to the whole idea of potty training if you’re not careful.
The key to potty training your child quickly and easily is to wait until he is physically and emotionally ready for the process. If your child has experienced a stressful event in his life such as moving, starting day care, or having a little brother or sister brought into their life, then he may not be ready for another big change right now. There’s nothing wrong with waiting until your child is more open to the change.
No child will ever be able to be toilet trained until he is ready. Your child holds all the power in this situation. He can be gently guided, but not forced to use the toilet. Toilet training is about patience, calm, and allowing your child to figure this out for himself.
If you force him or yell at him, you will only delay him coming around to this on his own. So stand back, and let him grow up without too much pressure. There’s a reason that the 3 days potty training method takes hardly any time if you choose the right time to attempt it!
The key? Make sure your child is really ready to be potty trained. If you think he is, make sure nothing else is distracting him from learning.