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Even though day 1 of potty training went well, I decided I didn't want to have to use pull-ups during outings or at night, so on day 2 I started a new method: The 3 Day Potty Training method by Lora Jensen. So day 2 of potty training was really day 1 of the 3 day method.
Here's how it went: After breakfast we took off Paige's nighttime diaper and she put on big girl underwear. I told her she was a big girl now and got to wear big girl underwear because she knows how to go in the potty. I also told her that she needed to keep her big girl underwear dry and let me know when she needed to use the potty. Paige had 2 accidents that morning that I caught happening and she finished in the toilet. Both times she announced that she was going ("I'm POOPING!", but again it was just pee). The method is all about getting the child to recognize when they have to go before they actually go and these "accidents" are all part of the learning process. She got extra drinks so that she'd have lots of chances to use the potty. I gave her constant reminders throughout the day about keeping her underwear dry and letting me know when she needed to pee. The rest of the morning she told me every time she needed to go in time for me to get her to the potty. The method strictly forbids pull-ups, even during naps and nighttime (with the goal of daytime and nighttime training at the same time), and so I nervously put P down for her nap in her big girl underwear. I didn't let her have any fluid for an hour before her nap and I made sure she went potty twice during that hour. She also usually has a sippy with milk right before her nap, so I was afraid she'd notice the change in routine and not be able to fall asleep. We read a few books and skipped the milk and she didn't even seem to notice. Nervously, I waited for her to wake up. I was sure I'd find her soaked, but when she woke up from her nap 2 hours later she was dry! When she woke up I asked if she needed to use the potty and she did. She had one more accident that afternoon, but she realized again as she was going and we made it to the potty in time to finish. The rest of the afternoon and evening went smoothly with Paige even telling me she needed to go potty right in the middle of her bath. I wisked her out of the tub, quickly dried her off, she did her business on the potty and got back in the bath. As bedtime drew nearer I decided to commit to the method's no pull-up rule even though I was convinced I'd have to change the crib sheets and Paige's clothes at least once during the night. So I didn't let her have any fluids after dinner (I gave her her usual nighttime milk with her dinner), made sure she used the potty twice in the hour before bedtime, and put her to bed. Let me tell you, I hardly slept a wink all night, worrying about Paige, wondering if she was laying in a pool of urine, listening to the monitor for any sign that she was waking up and needing to go potty. . . when 8:30 am came and I finally heard her stirring I rushed in her room to find Paige . . . completely dry!!!
Day 2 of 3 day potty training went even more smoothly. We stayed home all day, and Paige consistently told me in time for me to get her to the potty. She woke up from her nap dry, and she had only one accident the whole day. It was at the end of the day and I think she was just getting tired of the whole dropping everything routine and running to the potty, because she told me she needed to go, I said, "you do?" and came toward her, at which point she said,"NO, NO, I don't!". I backed off, said "okay" and then 30 seconds later she was peeing on the living room floor with me standing right beside her. However, the rest of the evening went great and she slept through the night dry again (I slept better too).
Today was day 3 of the 3 day potty training method. It was COMPLETELY accident free! We left the house for the first time in 2 1/2 days to go to church from 1 to 4pm. Before Sacrament meeting, I showed her where the little potty was in the building and she wanted to try it out right then. She asked to go again about an hour later (during Sacrament meeting) and we made it all the way out of the chapel to the little potty which is way down the hall. I was SO proud! Then the last 2 hours of church she was in nursery (which I am in with her because I am one of the nursery workers). I was a little nervous she would get preoccupied playing with the other kids in nursery and not tell me when she needed to go. However, she proved me wrong again and went on the potty twice. She stayed dry the rest of the evening and is now sleeping through what will hopefully be another dry night.
I'm sure there will be more accidents in the coming weeks, in fact I'm expecting them, but it seems to me that the worst is over. And, honestly, it wasn't too bad. I realize I probably had it easier than most parents, and I've felt a little bit guilty about that as I write this, but I wanted to post this because the majority of people who look at my blog have children who are or who will soon be potty training and I thought I should give a shout out to Lora Jensen and her 3 day method.
With all that being said, the last 3 days have been some of the most exhausting days of my life! I can't even imagine what I would feel like if it had gone poorly. My hat goes off to all mothers everywhere. The things we have to do are astounding!
P.S. I'd love to hear your potty training experiences. Anyone else tried a method that worked well or didn't work? Have you tried the 3 day method? Ideas on the best age to potty train? Funny (or frightening) potty training stories? Please share.