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3 Day Potty Training With Lora Jensen: Day 1

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Yesterday was “P Day.”

“P” stands for pee-pee, poop, and PANTIES. I’m sure you know where this is going.

On the recommendation of a friend I downloaded Lora Jensen’s “Three Day Potty Training” method. It took about 20 minutes to get through the whole book. Gotta love that!

A few interesting things about Lora’s method:

  • She makes a case for not asking a child if they need to go potty, instead saying “Tell me when you need to go potty, ok?” It’s subtle, but I like her point that it helps the child learn when they need to go potty instead of becoming dependent on caregivers to tell them when to go.
  • She considers using training pants or vinyl covered panties “crutches,” saying “You shouldn’t be going anywhere during the three days of training and after the three days, there won’t be a need.”
  • She discourages letting children sit on the potty for long periods of time, saying “Let them see if they need to go, and if nothing, take them down. Your action of picking the child up and running them to the bathroom to do business helps the whole thing to ‘click’ with the child.”

If nothing else, her book helped me shift from overwhelmed to confident and excited. She provides a clear strategy and lists items that will be needed and tasks that should be done ahead of time. Check. Check. Aaaand check!

This morning Katie went pee in her potty right after waking up and received her much anticipated first pair of panties. We don’t use external reward systems in our parenting, but we decided to make an exception just this once and had lots of goodies ready. Totally unnecessary. Katie wore those panties like they were Cinderella’s ball gown.

Early morning was super easy. Loving her new panties (and the action of pulling them up and down) she went pee in the potty a zillion times. I got over confident.

10:24 a.m — First Accident

Poop! I wasn’t even in the room like I was supposed to be. Lora insists that we keep the child in our sight the entire time, but Katie was doing so well I forgot it was my job to ensure her success. So when Gigi yelled accident and Katie started crying I ran her to the potty, chastising myself the whole way. It broke my heart so see her so upset, but I sat her on the potty and cheered because she “finished” on the potty. I’m surprised I didn’t give myself a hernia gyrating and cheering like a madwoman, but it would have been worth it even if I had. The sight of mommy’s funny dance had Katie wanting to try again a couple minutes later!

10:30 am – First Rebound

Goes pee in the potty 3 times! Just getting her mojo back, I think.

Not a Play By Play

I doubt you want a play-by-play, so here’s the short version: Katie had an accident during naptime even though she emptied her bladder a zillion times before we laid down. Also, I got her a little too preoccupied playing in the backyard and she had a BM but she came running to me and tried to make it to the potty. My heart has never before swelled with pride over poop, but it did today. We had a lot of fun outside though.

As day 1 wrapped up, Katie began encouraging me in the restroom. I guess after almost twelve hours of discussing and celebrating every potty success she felt it was fair game ; – ) Overall, Katie had a fantastic day. She received quality time, love and support. She was celebrated and so were her successes. I really enjoyed it too, although it was pretty exhausting. I’m heading to bed early in hopes that I’ll be coherent enough to recognize her “need to go” signs tomorrow. Guess that probably depends on how many times I have to change the sheets tonight.



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66 Responses to 3 Day Potty Training With Lora Jensen: Day 1

  1. Jenni Wiehoff-Hulet via FB says:

    They pretty much did it themselves by age 3 1/2. No fighting or accidents. They were just ready to be like ‘dad’.

  2. Carie Connell via FB says:

    I have 6 girlfriends and I all had sons in the same year…we all used which says best and only time is 22-28months period…all our boys done in 3 days not accidents no looking back…totally works!!!

  3. Kari Hyatt Wagers via FB says:

    Oh, There is so much to say about potty training little boys!! He was potty trained in 2 days at age 2yr+2months. I did a comando style w/ him. Gave him ginger tea (diuretic) and he “got” to take his toilet w/ him to every room. He also “got” to clean up every mess. He went potty 12 times in the first hour. That is a lot of cleaning w/ soap and vinegar and paper towels. He was ready to figure this out real fast. We had a fun day and a got it done w/o silly stickers and rewards. He realized that he didn’t want to clean up all of the time and going potty that often didn’t allow for time to forget. A lot of times children don’t mind it because there is too much time between. We had snacks and games and all sorts to do that had to be interrupted while we were cleaning up. I told him how good he was doing at cleaning up. (He got really good that day ~ for a two year old. You obviously are there w/ your hands w/ theirs helping and stuff. But every stroke had his hands in it. I didn’t pretend he was helping. But we don’t roll that way. If he is a help we express that if not why lie… That’s another soap box for another day. Hope you have fun on your adventure!!

  4. Sarah Trease via FB says:

    So grateful we ECd. Dry all night @ 9 months, in trainers at 14 months totally trained at 20 months (no accidents). Watching her is what got her 2 yr old cousin to finally use a potty. Surrounding them with other kids using a potty is really helpful I think.

  5. Zen Mommyhood via FB says:

    I think it varies between each child. I don’t think it’s age but when they are ready. My little guy all of a sudden wanted to go pee on the potty one day…and I went with it (even though I wasn’t ready!!)…and I’m glad I did. He was trained in a weekend and only had a few accidents at night. It’s a process for child AND mom :)

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  7. benina says:

    just wondering how old katie is, just saw your post…

  8. Linh says:

    I used Lora Jensen’s method as well with both my kids and thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experience with it. However, I felt that although both my kids grasped the concept after 3 days… it really took a full 5 days for me to feel that they really “got it” with minimal accidents.

  9. Amy says:

    I choose this one for the giveaway because I plan to potty train my little one next week! Wish me luck!

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