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Potty-Training Your Toddler

Like many of our day-to-day activities, we oftentimes have no clue what we’re doing. In fact, I didn’t even think I should be teaching my son to go potty on the toilet yet because he still has more sizes to go up in diapers! It wasn’t until many people started asking me, “have you started potty-training?” that I thought it might be a good idea to do some research and put a plan together.

It turns out, there are actually SO MANY methods for potty training. “Potty training for the working mom,” “potty training for the busy parent,” “potty training for boys,” “potty training for girls,” and the list goes on. To simplify (I’m a huge fan), I’ve chosen only two methods to try out. The Child-Oriented method can be implemented as early as 18 months so I’m going to give that a go as my son is now 19 months old. This method can take more than a year to work fully! Toddlers should be able to go on their own when they’re three years old according to this method. If this method fails, perhaps I’ll isolate myself and my toddler and use the 3-day method as a backup plan when he is about to turn three (as the literature suggested).

Below, I’ve included a brief summary of each method and how to use it.

Here are some tips from the pros to potty-train your toddler:

 Child-Oriented Potty-Training:

About: This method generally takes more than a year from start to finish for a fully potty-trained toddler. The starting age of potty-training begins at 18 months and the child should know how to use the washroom themselves by the age of three.


  • At around 18 months, sit the child, fully clothed, on the toilet
  • Then, sit the child on the toilet without pants and/or diapers
  • After a poop, sit the child on the toilet without a diaper or pants and put the poop in the toilet
  • After repeatedly familiarizing the child with the toilet and what happens on the toilet, it’s time to go diaperless.

Source: Notes from

3-day Method:

About: This method is really “short-term pain” for “long-term gain”. Three long(short) days of isolating you and your toddler up inside the house with constant access to the bathroom. This method is said to work really well, but takes a full-three days of dedication. The author of suggested prepping all meals in advance, getting a long t-shirt to cover private parts (your child is going commando for 3 days), and getting a rubber bathmat to place on the couch for accidents.


  • Isolate you and your toddler for three days: plan meals ahead of time, plan activities and make sure you run all your errands well in advance
  • For three full days, your child will not use diapers or pants so use a big t-shirt
  • To encourage washroom-going, have your child drink more than usual and encourage them to go potty when they’re finished
  • During the day, you and your child should go to the potty every 15 minutes
  • Cut off drinks and liquids after dinner
  • Wake your child once during the night to take them to the washroom.
  • Repeat for day two and three.

Source: Notes from


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