It’s been 10 days since we started potty training our twin girls. They are 2 years and 10 months old. During a visit with our friends,they told us they used the 3 day potty training method for their daughter when she was the same age and it worked! This was awesome news, you can potty train in 3 days??? I wanted to know more, so I googled “3 day potty training” and read up on it. These are the articles I read:
I found the Lucie’s List article to be the one I followed closely and it has a very realistic take on potty training using this method. Will your child be completely potty trained after 3 days? No, but there is a good chance she will have the basics down. I did not read any potty training books, I relied on the articles above to understand the 3 day method and that was good enough. I also made sure my husband read them too.
As far as how ready I felt each girl was to use the potty, one of the twins, we will call her S, has been asking to use the potty and successfully peed at least a dozen times on it. The other twin, who I will call J, had only peed on the potty once because I made her sit there with a tablet for a good 15 minutes. I was definitely nervous how this would go for her. Another consideration was the age of our infant. The pediatrician had told us not to bother potty training when I was pregnant and it seemed impossible to try when he was a newborn. We ended up starting potty training the day he turned 6 months old.
We have one bathroom downstairs and I was worried about both of them needing to go at the same time. We bought one small potty and one seat insert and a stool for the regular toilet. This worked very well. I definitely prefer them using the “big potty” because there is minimal clean up. After a couple days they started taking the insert out of the small potty to dump it into the big potty because they saw us doing it. Ummmmm…this is just a little bit gross and messy. While I’m writing about it, check out this Etsy shop, we got solid wood stools with the girls names engraved for $25 each! Steve was wonderful to work with too, very responsive:
The twins absolutely love their stools. It worked out nicely that we gave them their stools right before potty training, so they were very excited about using them for going on the big potty and for washing their hands.
I’m not going to go into all the details of how to use the 3 day method, just reference the articles above. We followed the Lucie’s List article almost exactly. The purpose of this post is to tell you how it’s been working out. Day 1 went surprisingly well. S had no accidents and J had one pee and one poop accident. We used jelly beans and M&Ms as rewards. I was surprised that J had the one pee accident, and after that she figured out how to pee in the potty. I was so happy for her and she was so proud when she did it. I only give out treats if they ask, the number of times they ask has decreased as the days have gone on. We are on Day 10 and they still ask a few times a day for a treat. The other thing I told them is when they poop on the potty we will go out for ice cream. We also decided to keep diapers for naps and bedtime. S has been pooping in her diaper at nap time. Today was the first day she had a poop accident and she went in her pants. Maybe that’s a sign she will get it in the potty next time…I’m hoping.
Day 2 morning also went well, so in the afternoon we decided to try underwear and pants. We bent the rules a bit this day and hung out with our neighbors at our house, which was probably too much excitement. We had some refusals to go potty which led to accidents. Since we had company, I was expecting it. Day 3 we had to work and their nanny came. This change led to quite a few accidents and we made the mistake of wearing underwear. I think we were set back a day by this decision, but no big deal. The afternoon of Day 3 and all of Day 4 we were back to no underwear, and there were no accidents! Day 5 was a big day, again no underwear, and in the morning J pooped on the potty. We went out for ice cream that night and there were no accidents in the car.
Since Day 6 we have been wearing pants, but no underwear. The ice cream trip was also our first adventure in the car. This is the confusing part for me, how do you go out as usual, it’s definitely a trial and error process. Luckily, we have not had to go anywhere that it matters if there is an accident. Over the weekend (Day 7) we attended a birthday party at a friend’s house. Each twin had one accident when we were there, but they also had successful potty trips. We had to drive about 1.5 hr each way to the party, so we put diapers on them. This might have been confusing because J had a couple accidents over the next two days, one in the car and one while watching TV.
Another note, the first few days we did not have success going potty before bed or before going outside. But, after a couple days they started going potty, most of the time, before these events, which has been encouraging.
10 days in and I’m still worrying about accidents when being away from the house, which I think is normal. We have had a few days with no accidents for both twins. At worst, each twin might have one accident per day and this is exponentially more likely when we are away from home. One thing I came to terms with yesterday is they do not always tell me when they have to go. Sometimes they do tell me, which is great. Sometimes they say they have to go, but nothing happens and they goof off in the bathroom. But, if they are excited about an activity they are doing, they will not go potty on their own. I decided going forward if it has been 1.5 hr since going I will tell them they have to go. If they still refuse to go (pretty much guaranteed), I will tell them that we will have to completely stop doing the activity we are doing, but if we go potty now, we can continue it. So far, this has been enough motivation to get them to take a break.
I definitely like the 3 day potty training method. It has taught my girls the basic understanding of how to go potty. I was especially happy that J, who did not seem ready, was able to easily start using the potty. As expected, it’s a big undertaking potty training two at once, but it’s doable. That’s all I have for now, I plan to give an update in about a month on our potty training progress.
Click below for an update on potty training status 1.5 months later: