I originally thought this post was going to be about how we potty trained JR in 3 days. It will actually be about how we attempted to potty train him in that time frame, specifically during the Thanksgiving weekend. If you aren't familiar with this method, you can take a look here at the Babycenter post that I used in order to learn the steps to complete a "potty training weekend" or what I like to call potty training in 3 days.
As a first time mom, I've often heard things regarding potty training like "you know, they will do it when they are ready right?" As far as I'm concerned, this is one sided experience talking. I know every child is different because I know of many parents who have potty trained their kids as young as 15 months using this method. Not everyone is old school and just makes their child sit on the potty for a long time after the age of 2. My thing is, if you never show your child the potty or attempt to expose them to it in some way even if it's not with a method like this, how could you know whether or not they are ready any earlier than you would have anticipated?
As far as I'm concerned, the pros list for this method in our situation outweighed the cons. We are in an ideal situation to try it.
The BIGGEST Pro:
-I'm a stay at home parent so follow up with the potty training weekend for the recommended 3 months afterwards can be done by me most of the time. If your daycare or caregiver is willing to follow up on it for that long, you would also be in an optimal situation as well.
The BIGGEST Con:
-As far as I was concerned, I didn't realize how exhausting it would be following around or keeping a 19 month old to a specified area for a full day. It actually became very stressful the first day between me and hubby because even though we knew he would pee and or poop on the floor, it happened pretty frequently and one of us had to keep watching him all day like a hawk so we could put him on the potty when this happened. Imagine us doing that and trying to do things like get something to eat, etc. We didn't have a lot planned or anything, but I'm warning you, it is definitely harder than I thought.
We never made it outside (which is recommended that you do for day 2 for up to an hour). It didn't seem like JR knew when he was peeing. He would just let it go even after we told him repeatedly that pee pee goes in the potty. We even put his hand on the rag and ours over his to help us clean it up. I wonder if the expert put that tip in there with the notion that most kids don't want to help clean up. Well my son loves to! So I'm not sure if he saw that as a punishment or something fun he would help mommy with. Knowing JR's history with helping around the house, I'm pretty sure it was the latter.
In conclusion, JR was not ready to be potty trained. If your child isn't showing about a 75% success rate or if they seem to not notice the pee coming down his or her leg, it is suggested that you stop and try again in 6 to 8 weeks. This is what we intend to do.
I realize now that JR pulling down his pants and trying to take off his diaper isn't really a sign of readiness. He just enjoys being nakey. :)
How was your potty training experience with your little ones?
Have you ever tried this method before?
Would you try it with your kids when you have them?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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