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Staying Strong and Consistent: How to Potty Train Your Child in a Week

Potty training doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult and is possible for most to accomplish in a week or less. Each child is different, but here are some standard tips to get potty training accomplished quickly and without all the struggle. 

Make Sure Your Child is Ready

It will be quicker and easier if your child is physically and cognitively ready to potty train. They should be asking to use the potty, staying dry for an hour or two at a time, and able to follow simple directions. It also makes it a much easier process if your child is in a cooperative phase. 

How to Start

You will do “sessions” of potty use. For a couple of hours in the morning, have him or her sit on the potty every 15 minutes. Make sure you are telling, not asking, your child to use the potty because toddlers love to say no. Take a break mid-day and put a diaper back on, then have another potty session in the afternoon. By day three you should be doing all day sessions. Continue putting a diaper on at nap and bedtime until you are more confident your toddler will wake up dry. If you are leaving the house, try to bring a travel potty and make sure to visit the public restrooms if needed.

Keep Them Motivated

One way to keep your child focused on potty use is to keep him or her naked from the waist down. They will have no place to hide an accident and fewer clothes for you to wash. And if you are trying to get to the potty quickly you won’t have to pull anything down. One way to motivate your child is to use rewards. Some parents choose to use stickers, small toys, or even a scoop of ice cream. Most importantly, express your happiness and pride for a job well done. Encourage your child with a silly potty dance or song to show that you are excited.

Be Consistent

If you want to be finished with potty training in a week then it is very important to keep trying. Choose your best methods and stay consistent and strong. Some days will be more difficult than others, but it’s important to keep a positive attitude. If you feel your child is struggling then it might mean he or she isn't ready. Some parents say that taking a few weeks off and trying again makes a world of difference.

Last Updated: June 18, 2017