Sounds great - doesn't it?
Or does it sound too good to be true?
It all comes down to perspective and expectations.
If these words evoke the idea
of a magic pill image in your mind - i.e. all I have to do
is spend some money here and boom, my child will be potty
trained in one day - that's it - s/he will go from
diapers/pull-ups to potty training pants and will not have
accidents and we will all live happily ever after.
Well, a magic pill it is not!! It will take effort and
energy on your part and yes, you will have to clean up
accidents. We all learn from our mistakes and your child
will not be any different.
It is however a proven method that has successfully worked
for many parents. The one day is the "Big Day" (see Figure
1 below). This is the day when the actual potty training
is done and your child will give up diapers forever and
start using "big kid" potty training pants.
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. The planning and
preparation could take anywhere from one hour to a few
weeks depending on how ready you and your child are. The
time required for the follow-up after the "Big Day" really
depends on your child. Some children do not require any
follow-up, but others may require more.
You can read a summary of each one of the steps from the
excerpt form the Parents Potty Training Guide: How to
Potty Train in One Day . The PTC Potty Training Guide also
discusses each step in detail to address the what, when,
why, where and how.
So, what is Potty
Training in One Day?
It is a proven method to potty
train your child; Your child will give up diapers on this
day and will learn to pee on the potty and will also learn
what is expected of him/her as far as going to the potty
You on the other hand; will have to expend some time,
effort and energy before this day by getting all the
supplies together and then preparing your child and
yourself for this day (you are already doing this by
reading this article!!). You will have to mentally and
physically get ready to handle potty accidents and clean
ups from these potty accidents. After the big day, you
will also have to clean up more potty accidents and follow
up with your child and make sure that s/he is clear on
what you expect from him/her.
Most people who choose to use this method are surprised by
how quickly their child learns and that the potty
accidents are limited to a few days. Most children will be
accident free in one week, however, you have the ones that
never have accidents, and then you have the ones that will
have accidents for a couple of weeks.
Stick with it and your child will be accident free in two
weeks or less!! No more diapers or pull-ups!!
Still skeptical? Read how well this potty training in one
day method has
worked for other parents.