3 Day Potty Training: Does It Really Work?
Ask any parent who’s ever tried potty training their little one, and chances are, they’re going to tell you, it’s NOT easy. A lot of times it’s very frustrating and downright gross. But then comes this mother of 6 who claims she can help you potty train your child in just 3 days.
Lora Jensen is the author of the Amazon bestseller ebook, 3 Day Potty Training, and she wants to show you how to do it using her method, which she claims is very effective even for the most stubborn 3-year-old.
Does her method work? Let’s find out.
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What Is The 3 Day Potty Training Method?
Think of the 3 Day Potty Training Method as a kind of bootcamp for little kids, but it can also be fun for you and your child (I was kidding – it’s NOT fun for us parents at all). Lora emphasizes the importance of spending all your waking hours with your child for 3 straight days and you’re not allowed to have any “me time” during this whole period.
Many parents who’ve tried it recommend that you take Friday off, so you can continue with the training on Saturday and Sunday. You’re going to have to make sure you get rid of all distractions at home, and just be able to spend time with your child.
Lora believes that kids are already ready to be potty trained by the time they are 22 months old and as insane as that idea may be, the thought of not having to let your kids wear nappies is really exciting, isn’t it?
What Is The 3 Day Potty Training Bootcamp?
This refers to the same training method being taught by Lora. Some parents fondly refer to it as a bootcamp because it’s pretty intensive and very challenging for both parents and kids.
How Does 3 Day Potty Training Work?
The idea behind the 3 Day Potty Training is that kids who are 22 months old and older already have the ability to pee and poop in the toilet – they just need to be guided and trained to be able to achieve this feat successfully.
So to get started with the program, you’ll need to get rid of your child’s diapers. But you don’t just throw it into the trash bin. As soon your child wakes up in the morning, you and your child need to throw his soggy diaper into the trash, and say “bye-bye” as ceremoniously as you can. Unused diapers and pull-ups should be thrown out as well.
Let him wear a t-shirt and nothing else so that he gets reminded that nothing will catch his pee or poop, which will prompt him to use a potty. If your child is not comfortable with going commando for 3 days, it’s OK to let him wear undies but no pants please.
Another point that Lora reiterates is that instead of “telling” your child to pee or poo, you should just gently “remind” him to tell you if they need to go. She believes that if a child knows he has some control, then they become more open to learning and following your instructions.
You need to give your child lots of liquids so he will frequently have the urge to pee. Give him a sippy cup as often as possible. The more opportunities he has to pee, the more time you get to practice the method with him. Similar to puppy training, you’ll need to walk your child to the bathroom or potty every 15 minutes for 3 days (except when he’s sleeping, of course).
After dinner, you need to make sure your child doesn’t drink or eat. Then take him to the bathroom or potty one last time just before sleeping. Then about halfway through the night, you need to wake him up so he can go to the bathroom.
And don’t forget to give prizes. Lora is against punishments and instead, encourages parents to give rewards. If your child will have an accident within that 3 day period (and believe me, there’ll be plenty!), you simply have to zip your mouth, clean up the mess and encourage your child to go to the toilet next time. And when he does it successfully, make sure you praise him every time.
Will It Work For Your Child?
The ebook is very informative (it’s 44 pages) and her ideas are really sound. But there are mixed reviews from parents who have tried the 3 Day Potty Training method.
On Amazon, majority of those who bought and used the ebook (47%) gave it a full 5 star rating. Many of these people have tried more than 1 method before but failed so they were very happy with the results they’ve had after applying the 3 day potty training bootcamp. The thought of being able to train your child to no longer need diapers in just 3 days is really something to be thrilled about.
However, it’s not a foolproof method. In fact, Lora herself does not guarantee it will work for your child. But it seems to be the most sensible method there is and if you’re willing to invest time, patience and a lot of effort on this gargantuan endeavor, you just might succeed.
Why Does 3 Day Potty Training Fail?
One possible reason why it won’t work is that even though Lora herself claims 22 months is the perfect time to start potty training your child, experts say that the ideal age is between 18 – 36 months. You also need to check for signs of readiness, and you simply cannot insist that your child goes through with the training just because someone says you should.
Some parents reported that their child threw tantrums when being “reminded” to go potty. A lot of young kids are also not too happy about being awakened in the middle of the night to go to the toilet.
There are parents who have commented that the method may be too harsh for a very young child and there’s also the issue of whether or not you have the patience and resolve to see it through until the very end.
We’ve heard stories of moms and dads who drove themselves crazy while trying this method. Their kids may be very stubborn or just plain mischievous and cleaning up all the mess (as in urine and feces) will eventually get to your nerve. One accident a day may be fine but can you stay calm after cleaning their mess for the 6th time in one day? Probably not.
So these are things you need to really think about before you try the 3 Day Potty Training ebook. Many parents were indeed very successful implementing this method but it’s really not for everyone.
Is There A Coupon For 3 Day Potty Training?
The ebook costs $7.99 if you get it from Amazon (kindle) but there’s also the option to get the downloadable guide from Lora’s website and it will cost you $27, but what makes this better is that you also get mentoring. That means if you have any questions or clarifications, you can ask some help from Lora herself.
And yes, there’s a coupon available to enable you to get this deal at a discount. You can get $3 off if you use the coupon code PARENT when you go to the checkout page.
The code backtoschool gives you $5 off on your entire order. But here’s an even better deal – you get 25% off when you use the code labor. The coupon’s a year old though so we can’t guarantee it will work when you use it.
Should You Buy The E-book?
Most people who have just come across the 3 Day Potty Training are initially doubtful that the method will work for their kids. I can’t really blame them. They have probably spent weeks trying to get their kids to use a potty and failed each time. However, Lora Jensen’s guide is based on her own experience with not just 1 or 2 kids, but 6 kids of her own. Aside from that, she also trained 3 of her 6 foster children in the same way.
But there’s really no way to tell if this training method will work for your child, or more importantly, if you as a parent can even handle the amount of work required for this “bootcamp.”
So going back to the question – should you buy it? Let’s re-evaluate what this program has to offer.
- If you decide to give it a try, you need to take away all your child’s diapers and promise to never revert back to them. He or she will only wear underwear from here on out.
- You’ll need to spend 3 full days with your child – you can’t go to work, you can’t even leave to buy groceries, or watch your favorite TV show, nada.
- You have to keep feeding your child high fiber foods and make sure he drinks lots of liquids – so he’ll want to poo and pee.
- You can’t scream at your child if he has an accident, even if his idea of fun is splattering poop into the bathtub, or worse – the kitchen.
- You also need to wake up in the middle of the night to “remind” your child to go to the toilet and he’s probably going to cry because you woke him up.
So now the question is – can you do all these things? Are you willing to put in some serious effort without any guarantee that it will pay off?
If your answer is YES, fantastic.
Many parents (thousands in fact) have made the same choice and a lot of them were happy with the results.
Just make sure you set realistic expectations of what’s going to happen and what the most likely outcome will be.
The thing is, the success of the 3 DAY POTTY TRAINING is not something you will achieve in just 3 days. You absolutely cannot expect that after the 3 day program your child will never ever have an accident again. Even if he passed the bootcamp with flying colors, there’s still a chance that he will wet the bed a few nights a month. Even preschoolers still have accidents in school. Besides, it’s more difficult for a child to control his bladder when he’s in deep sleep.
Another point I’d like to emphasize here is that some parents may not have the stamina for this kind of thing. Lora’s method is do or die – there’s no in between. You have to follow everything she says to a T, or else you don’t even stand a chance.
So unless you are 101% sure you can do all the above for 3 days then you might want to re-think your decision.