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3 Day Potty Training: My Experience

Day 1

I was concerned when I woke up on "Day 1" because my 2-year-old daughter was already up. She rarely wakes up before I do. Why did she have to wake up early today of all days! I was sure that she already went to the pee pee and when I went to get her, she had already gone in her pull-up. Grrr. I took off her pull-up and put her on the potty. After she got off the potty we put her in big girl panties and started on the dreaded first task.

According to Lora Jensen of 3 Day Potty Training, you need to throw away all your diapers and pull-ups with your child, so I went and got a trash bag and went to work. My daughter was really excited about throwing all the diapers away and she was ready to throw away the pull-ups, but mommy wasn't ready. After all, can I really send my daughter somewhere where she has only been potty trained a few days? I don't want them to have to deal with the mess if she has an accident. I guess that's why Lora Jensen calls these items crutches.

My daughter went pee pee in the potty several times in the morning and was able to wear her "potty crown" that I bought her at the store the day before. However, around 11:30 a.m. I asked her to let me know when she needed to go potty (she was probably really annoyed by this phrase at this point) and she said, "no" so I quickly went to the kitchen to throw something away and when I came back I sat down on the couch and she came up to me to sit on my lap. I quickly realized that she had had an accident, so I took her to sit on the potty. After she got off the potty, I made her help me clean it up. I went on and on about how nasty it was and how pee pee belongs in the potty.

I noticed in the afternoon that she doesn't like to tell me she needs to go potty. She just likes to run to the bathroom, so she was keeping me on my toes. She did that until she needed to go poo poo. I could tell that something was going on so I grabbed her and ran to the bathroom. I carefully pulled off her panties because she had already gone a little. I put that poo poo in the potty and she sat down on the toilet and finished the rest. I didn't make a big deal about her going a little in her panties but I did act really excited for the poo poo that she did get in the potty.

In the afternoon she had another accident, but after that she went in the potty for the rest of the day.

Day 2

She woke up dry and didn't have any accidents.

Day 3

She woke up dry and had one accident because she couldn't carry her stool over to the toilet fast enough. (She likes to use the stool to turn on the light and then carry it over to the potty. Note to self: buy another stool.)

Day 4

When I woke up she had gone pee pee in her pull-up. However, she was already up before me and she can't get out of her room by herself. (Note to self: leave the door open a little bit.)

Day 5

She woke up dry and didn't have any accidents.

Day 6

She woke up day and didn't have any accidents. However, this day is a BIG DEAL. Today was the first day that we left the house. We went to Chuck E Cheese and Costco. Later in the day we went to dinner and on a few errands.

Day 7

She went pee pee in her pull-up sometime during the night or early morning. She had Mom's Day Out from 9am to 2pm and didn't have any accidents. We also went to dinner accident free, however, she did ask to go potty 6 times and she only went potty 1 of the 6. The rest of the day was accident free.

I am happy with 3 Day Potty Training. I do believe that my daughter would have been potty trained in 3 days, if I had followed the rules exactly, but I'm at peace with the rules I broke.