If you’ve read the title of this blog post you’re probably going:
“No… is this really possible?” or
“This must be some kind of a joke, right?” or even
“Yeah right… who do you think you’re fooling with this!”
I understand. Truly.
And I would be feeling the same way if I didn’t know for a fact that potty training a child in 1 day can be done.
If you came here to read about how potty training is a huge nightmare and that most parents are completely overwhelmed and frustrated with the training process – forget it! I’m not going to tell you that.
What I’m going to do instead is introduce you to a potty training method I’ve had the chance to test out recently and it’s called The One-Day Potty Training Party.
The person behind this toilet training method is Teri Crane, a best selling author who’s already appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, SIRIUS & XM Radio, The Pat McMahon show, and local television and radio on both coasts, including Canada’s CBC Today and City News. She has also been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Men’s Health and The Washington Post (not to mention being quoted in hundreds of parenting blogs and newspapers!).
Teri teaches the potty training party method in her book Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro, which you can find on Amazon.
But enough about her, here’s what the potty party method is all about.
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Why the “Potty Training Party” method works so well?
It may seem hard to believe but Teri’s potty training method works and it works well.
If you really think about why shouldn’t it work?
I mean it’s a party and that means fun, games, candy, cake and of course prizes, lots and lots of prizes.
For a toddler it doesn’t get any better than this, I’m I right?
For parents, a potty training party is an easy and fun way to motivate their child into learning a new routine, in our case peeing and pooping in the potty.
The potty party method is meant to be fast-paced, fun and rewarding for both you and your child.
How to prepare for the potty training party
Every minute spent on planning saves 10 minutes in execution
The potty party is most likely the fastest way to toilet train your child, but it won’t be that fun and rewarding process unless, #1 you carefully prepare for the big day and #2 you follow all the steps in the correct order.
If you think about it, even if it’s a one-day job, potty training is no different than a marathon.
…and the “secret” to successfully finishing a marathon is, yep you guessed it, preparation.
Now, before planning anything you need to make sure that your child is physically, mentally and emotionally ready to start potty training.
But if you’re waiting for your toddler to say -I want to use the potty- you’re gonna wait forever. That’s just like waiting for a teenager to say -I want to clean my room-. Not gonna happen.
What you need to do instead is keep a close look for signs. These are signals through which your child let’s you know that he or she is ready to be potty trained. And here’s a quick video to show what exactly you need to be looking for.
Ok, so once you’re confident that your child is ready to be potty trained, all you have to do is plan the party and you do that just like planning any other party for your child, but with a little twist.
Part of the planning process involves shopping for the essentials, like real underwear, a potty chair, potty training board books or DVDs are also very welcomed and the most important item, a doll that wets.
Before picking the date make sure that everyone who’s onboard is free and will be able to make it. I’m talking about close family friends, grandparents, in-laws and older siblings.
The potty party is broken down into 3 parts, each of them with it’s own goal and purpose.
Part 1 – To Teach is To Learn Twice
The first part of the potty party stars you, your child and his brand new doll. In her book, Teri encourages parents to nicely gift wrap the doll and present it to their child while in the bathroom on the morning of the potty party.
The party begins. You, with the help of your child teach the doll how to use the potty.
You do this while playing games, watching potty training DVDs, and other fun and entertaining activities.
The purpose of all this is to teach your child about the potty and how to use it, but without the usual pressure that comes with having to use it himself.
Normal potty training is all about you telling your child to do this or do that. To teach is to learn twice.
So by helping you teach the doll how to use the potty, your child is already learning without even realising it. Powerful stuff, right?
Also, accidents are normal so make sure the doll has 1 or 2 of her own. Your child will understand that they happen to everyone and will feel less stressed when it will happen to him.
Part 2 – Pulling the Ol’ Switcheroo
The party continues, but now your child is the star.
After helping you all morning to potty train his doll, it’s now his turn to go through the routine.
For this part to work you need to find your child’s “dangling carrot”.
This means finding that one thing, he or she would do anything to get it. If you’ve been involved in your toddler’s learning activities, finding the ultimate reward will be an easy task.
Your child may hesitate at first. It’s important you maintain a positive attitude and keep with the program.
Part 3 – Happy Pottyday
The 3rd and final part of the potty party begins after your child has successfully completed the potty routine. So everyone comes to congratulate him for his success potty training his doll and for using the potty.
The 3rd part is the one that comes closest to a real party. All the family and close friends are cheering on your toddler who now pees and poops like a big kid.
Have your child throw away all his diapers while everyone is cheering for him, let him make a big show out of it. In most cases this helps solidify the commitment to only using big kid stuff.
Wrapping everything up
The potty party is one of the least complicated potty training methods available for parents and it’s one with some of the highest success rates I’ve heard about.
Hopefully, reading this post has made you a smarter and more prepared parent, and potty training does not scare you anymore.
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