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How to Potty Train in One Day

The technique is focused on the one day, which I like to call the "Big Day". This is the day when the actual potty training is done and your child will give up diapers forever and start using "big kid" underwear.

** Potty Training In One Day **

However, as many other things in life, in order for you to have a pleasant and successful "Big Day" you will have to spend some time preparing and planning for this day.

Planning and Preparation Guidelines:

  • Get ready for the "Big Day". Position yourself for success by making sure that both you and your child are ready to do this and you have everything you will need. My recommendation is that you read this entire guide at least once, before you start to potty train your child.

  • Is your child ready to be potty trained? Go through the child readiness section (page 13) to see if your child is physically and mentally ready for this challenge.

  • Read through the Do's and Don'ts of Potty Training

  • Make sure you have all the potty training products required to potty train your child.

  • Select a distraction free day called the "big day" that you will dedicate to potty training your child.

Summary of "The Big Day"

The Potty Training Concepts Potty Training Guide

Potty Training in One Day focuses on the one day called the "Big Day". Actual time can be anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks.

  • On that "Big Day" you will switch from using diapers or pull-ups to using potty training pants.

  • Then with your assistance and guidance your child will teach his/her potty training doll to go potty. S/he will start by giving the potty doll water. Give your child his/her favorite drink as well. Then your child will remove the doll's potty training pants and will make the doll pee on the potty.

  • You will both celebrate and throw a big potty party for the doll for being such a big boy/girl. You will make the doll feel special and grown up. You will also let your child know that s/he will also have a big potty party when s/he urinates in the potty. Dr. Phil suggested that you also tell your child that s/he could call his/her favorite superhero or person.

  • Continue to give your child fluids and ask him if s/he wants to go pee in the potty.

  • While waiting for your child to pee, make the potty training doll have an accident. In a very positive way, teach your child the consequences (see parenting with consequences) of having an accident - make the doll practice going to the potty 3 times.

  • You also want to encourage your child to practice pulling his/her pants down and sitting on the potty.

  • When your child pees in the potty, you will celebrate your child's success with a celebration of praise!

  • When your child has an accident, you help him clean up and change. Then practice going back and forth to the potty 9 times.

Summary of the Follow-up

  • When your child has an accident, you help him clean up and change. Then practice going back and forth to the potty 9 times.

For more information on this potty training method, please check out Potty Training in One Day: A Guide for Today's Parents. This potty training book outlines a step by step process on how to potty train your child using these concepts.

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Wow,thanks! (9/27/2010) Reviewer: Alicia After reading this. Im very positive that my child will start using the potty. She's almost three now. & still doesnt go. I now feel confident thank you so much! :D Im only 16 so its very difficult...
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