Does 3 Day Potty Training Work?
It has now been 45 days since the start of the 3 day potty training method with our twins. As promised, I am writing to answer the question of does 3 day potty training work? Be sure to check out the original 3 day potty training twins post when we were 10 days into this adventure.
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Overall, the twins are more or less fully potty trained at this point. Are there still accidents here and there? Yes! The accidents happen when the twins are very engrossed in an activity or when we are out and about. We also still use diapers for nap time and bedtime because we need to. I am happy with this set up and so are the garbage collectors. We made huge progress and cut down drastically on the number of diapers we go through a day. And, I am not kidding about the garbage collectors. We have been scolded numerous times for our garbage being too heavy. I guess that’s what happens when you have 3 kids in diapers at the same time.
Potty Training And Poop
A piece of big news, S has started pooping on the potty. I wish I knew exactly why and could share a secret that would help solve this problem for everyone. I did make some observations and can provide a few tips. There were two issues with S.
- She did not want to poop on the potty and would wait for nap or bedtime to go in her diaper.
- Sometimes she would play with her poop during nap time. This issue was happening before we started potty training.
Stop Making A Big Deal About It
There are two things I noticed that helped. First, both her nanny, my husband, and I stopped talking about pooping with her and we did not make a big deal if she went in her diaper. We started doing this because she seemed stressed and did not want to listen when we would bring up the subject. This included not discussing any pooping incidents in front of her. As for touching the poop in her diaper, if she did that, we told her she should not do this and she was not allowed TV the rest of the day.
Observe Other Children Poop On Potty
The second thing that helped with pooping on the potty was observing her sister poop on the potty. I know this might not be as helpful for the non-twin parents. However, for the twin parents, it’s something you can use to your advantage! For all the extra work twins entail, it’s nice to have little bonuses like this every now and then. If you don’t have twins it might be useful to have your child consistently observe another child (older sibling, daycare friend, etc) pooping on the potty. The reason I believe being a twin helped is the first 2-3 times S pooped on the potty, it was directly after she had watched her twin sister do it and receive a treat. It was so exciting to see how proud S was when she accomplished pooping on the potty too.
To summarize, two keys for successful potty pooping are:
- Not making a big deal if your child poops in her diaper. Don’t forget to also teach that it is not okay to play with or touch poop in a diaper.
- Watching another child poop on the potty and receive a reward for it.
Make Your Life A Little Easier
Finally, over the weekend we purchased car seat piddle pads. Like I said, there are still accidents every now and then. The most likely place we have had accidents are the car seats. Multiply this times 2 and we have been spending too much time taking car seats out, cleaning them, and then reinstalling them. At least now, we will save some time with clean up.
Another item that has proven to be a great investment is a travel potty. We have it in the car and plan to bring it on our beach vacation this year. When you’re out and about, it’s comforting to know you have the potty. It’s also extremely useful when traveling long distances.
Does 3 Day Potty Training Work?
I’m very happy with the 3 day potty training method. If you stay relaxed and have reasonable expectations for your child, I believe it will go well for your family too.
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