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I read a few different '3 day potty training' methods.. In the end I took my 21 month old into the bathroom where her potty was and locked the door. We both sat in the room for up to 2 hours a day. Her in just a shirt and no pants and every time she started to go potty I put her on the potty and said good girl. You go potty on the potty chair.. And after 3 days of absolutely no success, she started to use the potty all the time when she had to go. She still doesn't use it to poop but she always runs to the toilet during the day. She wears diapers to bed at night and poops in the morning before I get to her. So I'd say for the most part it worked.
I don't give her any rewards or treats for using the potty. I simply clap and say 'good girl' and give her a huge hug and kisses and have her help me clean it up. She picks up the top of the potty chair and I carry the little container to the toilet. She opens the toilet lid and gets to flush the toilet and close the lid.
I don't think the method I used is officially considered a 3-day potty training plan, though several testimonials claim first day training. My son (26mo) started last Monday and by day three, he was trained. We've had no accidents since last Wednesday morning. He is bladder and bowel trained in the day time but is still wearing a pull-up for naps and overnight. Once he is more consistently waking from sleep being dry, we'll move to night training.
I think our success was due to consistency, finding the rewards that were most motivating to him, being willing to drop everything else to focus on training, and most importantly I think this method worked because instead of potty performance being the goal, staying dry and clean was the goal. Even though we had 0% success in the potty on day one, I was still rewarding him for staying dry, so there was still something to positively reinforce. Day 1: 5 accidents. Day 2: 1 [pee] accident. Day 3: 1 [poop] accident. Day 4 and beyond - zero accidents.
Here is a 30 min video explaining the theory and method. They also offer a book by the same name, but the video really covers all the bases. Potty Training 1-2-3 on Vimeo
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