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Potty Training in 3 Days: The Step-by-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers Paperback – November 15, 2016
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Quick Answers to Common Questions
Q: What do I do when my kid has an accident?
A: First, stay calm, which I know is hard to do, especially when you thought your child had this potty-training thing in the bag. If you are at home, treat the accident just like you would have when you were potty training. Scoop up your child mid-pee and redirect him to the bathroom as quickly as possible. Then say (without anger and frustration), 'Little Bob, you are supposed to tell me when you need to go potty. Did you forget? Now your underwear and your pants are very wet and yucky. You have to tell me every time you need to go potty, because peeing on the floor isn’t a choice. Your pee always needs to go in the potty, okay! Let’s go clean up the pee that went onto the floor instead of inside the potty.'
If you are out in public, I’m very, very sorry. Even though accidents in public are embarrassing for everyone involved, for some reason, it bothers me when people tell their kids, 'It’s okay. Accidents happen.' Yes, accidents happen, like spilling the box of cereal on the floor or dropping a cup of milk, and those are okay. It shouldn’t, at this point, be okay if your child pees anywhere else but the toilet, and you can let her know this by being firm without yelling or getting angry. If you just tell her, 'It’s okay,' every time, then you are, literally, saying it’s okay to do this! It’s not okay!
You can say, 'Oh no, you peed on the floor at [fill in the blank]. I don’t have extra clothes for you now, so your underwear is going to be wet until we get home, and then you can put on clean, dry underwear. You need to tell me every time you have to go potty, even when we’re not home, so I can help you avoid accidents like this.' There are consequences to actions, so this is a lesson to be learned.
Q: What is my next step if the initial three days of potty training didn’t work?
A: As I have said before, persist with this plan for at least 10 days before stopping. While three days is long enough to introduce something new, it definitely isn’t long enough to create a new habit for your child, especially when she has had three years of peeing in a diaper and only three days of peeing on the potty. Try to maintain perspective on that point.
Q: What should I say to my child if she tells me she is scared of the potty?
A: I’ve come across children genuinely scared of or intimidated by the potty and also children who use 'I’m scared' as a tactic to avoid doing things they don’t want to do.
When a child says she is scared, most parents will coddle her and say something like, 'It’s okay, you don’t have to do it if you’re scared,' instead of saying, 'It’s okay to be scared, but being scared shouldn’t keep us from trying new things.'
If you think your child is genuinely intimidated by the potty, it’s most likely because it’s bigger than she is, she isn’t really sure what it is, it makes loud noises, and she has no personal experience with it. For these reasons, I encourage people to introduce the toilet to their kiddos and explain it isn’t something to be scared of. Allowing your child to flush toilet paper down or flush after you have used the toilet are good ways to get her to feel more comfortable before you start potty training.
Parents Who Have Worked with Brandi Say...
I’m so grateful for the information that Brandi gave me and my family! Her knowledge was priceless. This book will make any parent feel like a hero!
– Jenn Taylor
Brandi’s potty training system fit perfectly into our family’s regular routine. And best of all… it works! She left everyone feeling happy, and kept the underpants dry for good.
After the disastrous experience I had potty training my oldest son, I was dreading the process of potty training my twins. Brandi accomplished in three days what took me nine months the first time.
Per Brandi's suggestion we devoted 3 days home to the process. My son was completely trained within those three days with minimal accidents after. I will most definitely use her plan to potty train my daughter next year!
Brandi made potty training easy with a step by step plan. Not only that, I started training Addison's younger sister at the same time, and she is doing wonderfully, too! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
―Betsy, John, Addison, and Samantha Hinojosa
About the Author
BRANDI BRUCKS, CPST, is the Director of Your Village Consulting in Austin, Texas. As a Potty Training Consultant and Behavior Specialist, she potty trains children as young as 21 months up to 4 years old. She also helps children correct sleep issues and establish healthy sleeping habits. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
DR. FREDRIC DAUM is a Harvard graduate with 45 years of experience in Pediatric Gastroenterology. He is Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, and Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Scholar in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.
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