This is the only evidence (photo or video) that I have of our epic potty training weekend we did.
This post is inspired by @nothingdownaboutit
and their next step as a family to face the potty training hurldle. We would love to share our journey and what finally worked for us.
I started potty training Miles just before he was 3. I wanted to see if he was ready before Tyler was born. It was great we were so successful until it wasn't. Miles just stopped going on the potty, and this is how it went for 3 years!
As I was working full time back then I always planned to revisit potty training during the breaks. We would start at the beginning of the week break and see if Miles was ready. It was a very emotional/ frustrating time. I knew it was possible, I knew he could do it, but it was just not clicking. We tried multiple methods/ styles and he was just not ready.
In 2015 I was working with an ABA company and one of the responsibilities I had was to help facilitate potty training with one of my clients and their family. I listened to the strategy closely and decided that the next break was going to be the week!
Tyler was 2.5 and showing signs of being ready too, so we decided that weekend we were going to double down and train Miles and Ty.
We set the date. I told Rob that he needed to take that weekend off. We cleared our schedule completley! I think of the things that add to the frustration of potty training is trying to do the everyday tasks, and keeping up with the schedule. I would highly reccomend setting your expectation to do nothing but potty training!
We stocked up on all kinds of drinks, salty snacks, treat rewards, and new undies. We pulled up the rugs, planned activities that were low key.
We were ready for the 3/4 days it was going to take.
We explained to the boys what we were going to do, we built up the anticipation and the plan for the weekend. No more diapers! They were going to learn to go potty.
We also recorded data, how much fluid they drank how often they went etc.
The weekend wasn't perfect, but it was better than it could have been. We set our expectations, not lower, just in a different mindset.