Potty Training My 3 Year Old

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Potty training can be stressful for both the parents and the kid. We’ve been there and sometimes it also comes with a bit of frustration on both parties. So yeah, my 3 year old is already potty trained.

It started when my son’s ABA therapy supervisor said that they think he is ready. So I said, “I’m all in.” I was a little skeptical at first because I bought him a bjorn potty chair when he was 2 and he didn’t like it. So we just use the regular toilet seat and bought him a dual height stool for potty training which works great. I tried bringing him in toilet but failed. So this time, we’ve got a little pointers from my son’s therapists which helped big time.

The first week was definitely more of a miss than hit it the toilet. He peed on our couch, floor and bed. He couldn’t say yet that he needs to go pee-pee but he knows where should pee-pee goes, he’d say, “in the potty.” We brought him in the toilet every 45 minutes and had him sit there for a minute or more if he tolerates. He would hold his bladder and he’d pee right after he was off the toilet. He was crying and I knew he was probably tired of going to the toilet. But I had to have a strong will power so I could get him into a routine potty schedule. Reinforcement and words of encouragement are what your child needs during this stressful time of their toddler life. πŸ™‚

On the second week, Hallelujah! A huge improvement! He probably had 2 accidents in the second week and he also tells us when he needs to poo-poo. I was not expecting he’d learn that fast since the first week had been sort of a struggle for him but my son’s efforts paid off. He learns pretty fast. He just needs to learn how to wipe on his own. The next week after that, no more pee-pee accidents except for occasional poo-poo accidents.

Now, he doesn’t use pull-ups during the day even during his nap time. We only use it during night time. I bought incontinence pads which I put on the bed just in case but so far he’s doing really an awesome job! Sometimes, he’d wake me up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet. Sometimes, his pull-ups are still dry in the morning and he’d tell me he needs to go to the toilet as soon as he wakes up. Last week, he learned how to pee standing up but the thing is, he doesn’t want to hold his private part. So that’s the next thing he needs to learn and practice.

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