This post is sponsored by Acorn.
Potty training is my least favorite part of being parent. I have long said that if I could pay someone to do one element of parenting for me. It would be potty training. When I first started thinking about potty training my oldest, I felt overwhelmed. So many people said they could do it in three days or one day. How was I supposed to teach her that in 1 day? Then I talked to my sister. My sister has five little boys and she is something of a super mom. She promised me that potty training in one day was absolutely doable. I followed her advice and it worked fantastic for our first child, now I am getting ready to do it with out second! The secret? A potty party.
When you say the words potty party, people look at you kind of funny, but it isn't like a typical party at all. The point of a potty party is to make potty training fun and exciting for your kid. Take away the stress and make it a party. You don't have to invite guests, you just have to let your little one know that this is a special day! Here are all my tips for making 1 day potty training a success.
You will need:
- a lot of treats and juice. Their favorites.
- Small prizes. Since you are giving them so many treats, sometimes a different kind of prize is better for successes. We are using plastic bracelets.
- Small decorations
- toilet paper rolls (we use Charmin Ultra Soft because it is soft on little bottoms)
- A baby doll
- training underwear
- things to clean up accidents (wet wipes and a big roll of Bounty!)
- Make sure they ready to potty train about 2 or 2 and a half.
- Make sure you buy them their favorite drink. You need them to be drinking all day long to have successes.
- Don't get frustrated. You don't want them to associate potty training with your frustration.
- When you have a success call someone who will make a big deal about it. For us this is an aunt or grandma.
- Let them know when they have an accident that cleaning up an accident isn't fun, but make sure to make it about the accident and not about them!
- Be consistent, don't go back to diapers!
- Let them know they are a big kid. One of my daughter's favorite things is to see me put chapstick on in front of a mirror. So we gave her a tube and let her put it on over and over because she is a big kid now!
- Play some fun games. One of the things my kids love that is that they have my undivided attention all day. I don't answer the phone. It is just me and them. We play some silly games and make up silly potty training songs to keep them excited. My kids LOVE to play bowling with rolls of toilet paper. It is silly and something we don't normally do, so they love it. We bought a large pack of Charmin Ultra Soft at Sam's club that have an extra 1,000 sheets per roll. I didn't want to have to run out to the store on potty training day.
- We also love playing a toss game with toilet paper.