If you tell experienced moms that you plan to potty train your child in one day, you may get reactions that range from a chuckle to a patronizing look that seems to say, “Now, now dear, we all wish we could have potty trained our children in one day, but that just isn’t possible.”
However, using a book, “Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day” by Teri Crane, I was able to potty train my oldest child in one day. Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t. Potty training your child in one day is possible. Crane uses a two-fold approach for success.
First, as the parent, you must look for signs that tell you that your child is ready to potty train, such as his or her diapers staying dry longer, and if he or she is expressing interest when others are using the bathroom.
Second, you need to create a fun atmosphere for your child on the potty training day. In fact, you’ll have a potty training party! Using Crane’s method, the entire day – from the moment your child wakes up until bedtime – is completely devoted to having fun and teaching your child to use the potty.
Steps to Potty Train Your Child in One Day
- Read Crane’s Book Completely. This book is an easy read and should only take you a few hours. Be sure to read it at least a week or so before you plan the potty party day to give yourself time to assemble the materials you will need.
- Choose a Party Theme. Crane outlines 12 potential party themes for your child’s potty training party, such as “cartoon carnival express.” When I taught my child, we used a modified version of the “party magic carpet express.” For party supplies, I just went to the dollar store to purchase a small tablecloth, plates, and accessories, and then used other items I had around the home.
- Buy Necessary Supplies. Besides the party supplies you may need, you should also buy a doll that “potties.” Your child will spend part of the day “teaching” the doll to go potty.
- Borrow Materials From the Library. Another part of the potty party involves reading books and watching videos about using the potty. Rather than spending money, I just borrowed them from the library.
- Line Up a Babysitter. During the potty party day, there should only be the child and one parent at home. The other parent and children should be out of the house. If the other parent is not available, you will need to hire a babysitter to watch your other children.
What Happens on Potty Party Day
On potty party day, you will be working with your child from the time they wake up until bedtime, so be prepared for a tiring, yet fulfilling, day.
- Surprise Her When She Wakes Up. Your child will wake up and be surprised by a new doll wearing doll underwear. The area where the party will take place should also be decorated.
- Spend the Morning Having Fun and Teaching the Doll. Spend the morning alternating between watching potty videos, reading potty books, playing games, and giving the doll lots of water and potty breaks. You will praise the doll every time it correctly uses the potty.
- Take a Nap Break. If your child normally takes a nap, stay on schedule.
- Train Your Child. The afternoon follows the same pattern of videos, books, and games, but now you need to entice your child to drink quite a bit by serving drinks that he or she may not normally get, such as juice or some of the suggested drinks in the book. You are aiming to have your child use the toilet four to five times in the afternoon.
- Celebrate. At the end of the day, after your child is successfully using the potty, either take your child out to celebrate with the rest of the family, or celebrate at home.
Potty Training Tips
Be Lenient With Food and Drink
Of course, you want your children to eat healthy and have healthy drinks. On potty party day, however, consider throwing caution to the wind. Every time my child used the potty, he got a few M&Ms. My husband and I are normally quite strict about his junk food intake, but the candy was a great motivator, as were the fruit drinks that he normally didn’t get.
Feel Free to Cut Corners
One complaint against the book is that parents must spend a great deal of money to have the potty party. Yes, buying a doll, underwear for your child, a potty seat, treats, and other supplies can add up, but you can decide how much you want to invest. Also, keep in mind you are saving more over the long term by not buying diapers.
Potty training your child can be a frustrating experience. However, “Potty Training Your Child in Just One Day” offers a way to escape the frustration. After our potty party, my son was completely trained, even through the night. In the weeks that followed, he had no more than five accidents. He was literally done after one day.
Have you read “Potty Training Your Child in Just One Day“? If so, have you had successful results?