You are absolutely going to hate me for this. The answer is you do NOT potty train your child in 2 hours, or 2 days or 1 weekend, or 2 weeks. It just doesn’t work like this.
Your child potty trains themselves when they are ready. Saying one should potty train their child in a weekend is like saying “Lean how to ride the bicycle in 2 hours when you haven’t recovered from leg injury” You simply do not have the capability so you will not learn in 2 hours. You will only learn when your legs are all okay.
It seems every time I scroll through Facebook I find a miraculous easy peasy way someone has potty trained their child and it worked. Guess what? It was coincidence that it worked when their child was ready.
Our potty training story: From zero to zero
My son used to poop on the toilet since he was 3 months old. I tried to get him to pee in the toilet since then, and more seriously since he was probably 9 months and it simply didn’t work. Being an obsessive reader (like any first time mom) I read every book and blog post about potty training. Since then I’ve found 120 vlogs about the topic. At around 20 months (a little before his 2nd birthday) I was ready for my intensive potty training adventure as I read 20-24 months seems to be the magic window. I did the whole chebangbang. Let him pick a potty, introduce the potty, put him on the potty and do a hiss noise, ask if he wants to pee every ten minutes, put him on the potty once an hour, put him on the potty after he wakes up, I let him go naked for 2 days where he peed on the floor, the couch, the bed, the cushions and almost pooped on the floor (I swear I am never that lucky).
You can read about the first time I tried in a blog post I wrote about it
Potty training underwears – my experience
I also got him Mothercare diapers that make him feel like he peed but won’t let the pee get to the floor. All F.A.I.L.E.D.
I stopped trying after around 3 months of active potty training attempts. A week after my potty training break the nursery teacher tells me he’s the last boy whose not potty trained and is worried it will start to affect him socially. I refuse to try again for 2 days then my mother, and sister (whose not even a mom) tells me “Khalas” it’s time.
I try again. I get the genius idea of getting him his favorite cartoon character in underwear (Mcqueen). I tell him Mcqueen will be sad if you pee on him.
Lo and behold, he pees on Mcqueen and starting crying hysterically because McQueen is sad. I let the whole thing go again.
Potty training break – A break every mom needs
So I tried again. Failed again.
At this point, I followed my gut instinct which I had all along. My gut instinct and feeling was, screw the world. Including my family. When my son is ready he will pee in the toilet on his own. I don’t care if he does it when he is 5.
Potty training – what worked?
Best Decision Ever. Why? Because one day when he was around 2 years and 6 months he told me mom I want to pee. He took my hand to the toilet and peed. He was 2 years and around 5 months. That is how you potty train your child in 2 seconds. You let them be ready. Just like everything else.
I did throughout those months though inform him every time I felt he was peeing or pooping, by saying you just peed or you just pooped. When you are ready to pee in the toilet. Let me know. I also let his dad pee infront of him and did so myself. That’s it.
He has an accident with peeing once every 2 months or so when he’s so excited he forgets to pee. He is now 3 and something and has been potty trained day and night for around 8 months.
by Mirna – The non-potty training expert.