Monday, February 25, 2013

Potty Trained... in 3 days!

Yes, you read that right... and no, I'm not exaggerating.  I successfully potty trained Bellamy in 3 DAYS!!!  At 27 months I decided it was time to seriously start the potty training adventure.  I found an awesome post through Pinterest about potty training in 3 days (you can read it here) and I thought I might as well at least give it a try... surprise surprise, it WORKED!  I followed the tutorial pretty closely but changed a few things here and there.  Here are the main things that worked for us:

1) I planned to devote 3 full days to potty training.  This meant no outings, no laundry, no household chores, etc.  We basically lived within 20 feet of the bathroom for three days.

2) If you have two levels in your home, have two pottys.  We have a toddler potty in the upstairs bathroom and I put a toddler seat on our toilet in the powder room on the main level.  This way, where ever we were playing we had quick and easy access to a potty.  I also liked having both types of potty seats to get her used to going in the big potty as well.

3) Understand that there WILL be accidents.  Be prepared to handle them with a good attitude and don't get discouraged.

4) Before beginning potty training make sure that your child is ready.  I believe the longer you wait the easier it will be on both you and your little one. 

Okay, so let's get down to it.  Here's how we potty trained in 3 days:

Day 1:
I told Bellamy that we were going to have "Big Girl Day" where she'd get to use the potty all day long just like Mommy.  She loves to run around naked so I took advantage of this and told her she didn't have to wear a diaper or pants all day!  I set the timer on my cell phone to go off every 20 minutes, which meant it was time to try going to the potty.  Every time she tried she got a goldfish and a "big hug" (she loves giving big hugs).  When she actually went in the potty we would clap, cheer, and sing a silly song.  We made a game out of it.

Results: Bellamy only had two accidents this day.  The benefit of having no pants on was I could easily know when she was going and I would scoop her up and say "hold it for the potty!" and run her in to the bathroom.  Yes, it meant a little more cleanup on my part but it helped her to understand that the goal was to get the pee pee or poo poo in the potty.  I put her in a diaper for her nap and bedtime.

Day 2:
We started the same way as the day before with the timer and treats.  It was another diaper-less, pant-less day. 

Results: Day two was full of accidents (probably around 5).  She was a little more resistant to using the potty but the treats kept her going for the most part.  When she didn't want to use the potty I led by example and would go first and then she would get excited to try after me.  Or, if we were upstairs on the toddler potty we would try going at the same time.  When that didn't work, we would see if Suzie (her baby doll) had to go potty, and then Bellamy would show her how to try.

Day 3:
Today was the day we introduced "Big Girl Undies".  I used Gerber's training underwear and highly recommend them.  We stopped setting the timer on this day but I continued to consistently ask her if she had to go.  She only got a treat if she asked for one after going (which I believe was only once) and we still did big hugs and clapped after every pee pee or poo poo in the potty.

Results: I call this our turning point day.  Bellamy woke up dry (which is extremely rare for her!) She went straight to the potty and went all day without a single accident.  I put a diaper on her for her nap but she woke up dry from that as well (again very rare for her).  She only told me one time that she had to go potty but that's probably because I was constantly asking her before she got a chance to express it to me.  She did amazing!  I put a diaper on her again for bedtime but she woke up dry the next day as well!

We are currently on Day 6 and Bellamy is doing AWESOME!  I still use diapers for bedtime and I will most likely continue to do so for another week or two, but naps she stays in her undies and has woken up dry every day. We've been on two long shopping trips for about two-three hours each and I put her in a diaper for those (with the training undies over top), but both times halfway through she told me she had to go potty and we ran to the restroom and sure enough she pee peed in the potty. After she went I let her get rid of the diaper and she did great and went again when we got home.  I still can't believe it only took 3 days to potty train and I am forever grateful to Happy House of 5 for the inspiration and ideas.  I am beyond proud of my big girl! WAY TO GO BELLAMY!!!

Side note:
this is the potty seat we use, purchased from Walmart, highly recommend!


  1. Wow. This is so great. Thanks for taking time to post this info. I am starting w dd in march. So scared. Nickole from bbc nov board

  2. This is awsome! Thanks for sharing the ideas, I'll try them with my LO.

  3. I will try it with my 25 mos old DD. Thanks!

  4. YaaaYYY for Bellamy. We also have that potty seat and the little froggy one and her Grandma got Isabella the potty baby doll that has a matching froggy potty. Good tips on the treats. Thanks for posting.

  5. My daughter is 19m and I feel it's time to begin potty training but how did you know Bellamy was ready? I love this article it's thorough and inspiring. Thank you kindly.

  6. SophisMom, Bellamy has been showing me ready signs for a while now. She started telling me when she was going pee pee or poo poo in her diaper and often wanted her diaper off. Some people say that a sign of readiness includes waking up dry after naps and bed time but this was not a factor for us (she always woke up wet). Now that she's potty trained she's always dry after naps and most times in the morning as well. Hope that's helpful, good luck!

  7. Will definitely be bookmarking this for when our little guy is old enough to start!

  8. I love this. I am a working momma, so i will have to work it out. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I've been having some difficulties trying to potty train my 2.5 yr old son. I'm going to try this with smarties...crossing my fingers it works...thanks for posting!

  10. I'm a teacher-Momma, so home for the summer. My last little one will be 3 in October, and has been fussing about diapers (and undies, honestly...I think he's just trying to be strong-willed and independent). I'm going to try this starting Sunday! Here we go!

  11. Wow! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to my next stretch of a few days off of work so that i can get my daughter, McKenna potty trained! She tells me all the time "pee pee" or "poo poo". And I have sat her on the big potty (holding her of course) a few times and she's peed once. And got really excited when she did. I took her to walmart to pick out her own potty (she picked her favorite, Minnie mouse) . I am definitely going to dedicate a few days her soon! Thanks again for sharing!

  12. I would just like to thank you for posting this! I started this method yesterday and today my daughter has not had one accident! On the 2nd DAY!!!! WHAT??!?!?!?!!? OMG i am beyond EXCITED at how AMAZING she has done!!!!! she is 31 months!!! GO MY HOLLY WOLLY!!!!

  13. I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for posting this! I started this method yesterday and TODAY she has NOT had 1 accident and is going on her own!!!! I cant believe it!!! OMG i am just beyond excited!!!!!! she is 31 months old! GO MY HOLLY WOLLY!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  14. I'm trying this with my daughter who just turned two.. she had accidents yesterday then finally peer before bed. Today it seemed like she just wanted to go in the bathroom for her treat and when I told her she had to try and lofty first she would sit down for maybe ten seconds and do nothing. She had no accidents this morning but wouldn't pee on the potty either its like she was holding it. Then at naptime she woke up with a soaked diaper.. any advice???

  15. Ive been trying to potty train my daughter who just turned two the past couple days using this method. Today she had no accidents but didn't pee on the potty.. its like she was holding it all morning then after naptime her diaper was completely soaked with pee. Also, she seems to want to go on the bathroom to get her treat for trying to potty and when I tell her she has to try to get it she will sit for maybe ten seconds... any advice or suggestions? I do try to read her a story or sing songs to her as she sits but she didn't want any of it this afternoon..

    1. If she doesn't seem interested at all I might try just waiting another month or two. She may just not be ready yet. Good luck!

  16. This TOTALLY worked for my son! We took a 3 day long weekend and got it done! Here's the video of the song we sung every time he pee'd on the potty... we sung it when he blew out the candles on his "big boy cake" which he helped make.
    What a great big boy weekend we had!
    Every twenty minutes when he sat on the potty we read a book... and if he pee'd on the potty, he got some m&m's!

  17. I'm so excited to hear all the positive feedback and I'm glad that our experience is working for you all as well!

  18. Potty training in just three days! That is amazing. My boy keeps telling is fed up of nappies, but I am dreading it.