Potty training in 3 days. Guide + tips!

Skip the potty, in this post, we will be toilet training straight away! Potty training in 3 days just got better with using the toilet!

potty training in 3 days

What is the best age to start potty training?

The best age to start potty training is typically between 18 months and 3 years old. However, every child is different, so it’s important to look for signs of readiness such as showing interest in the potty, staying dry for longer periods, and being able to follow simple instructions.

The thought of having an ‘object’ (a.k.a potty) to carry around with your child’s poop in it, was NOT my take on parenting.

In this post we will discus the methods I used to potty train my child in 3 days straight on to the toilet. Toilet training you can say.

Skip the potty, common on, ditch it!

I will explain below why I chose toilet training straight away instead of potty.

However, the method is the same as you would use to potty train your little one. Don’t worry you are in the right place!

After all potty training is training your child to be nappy free. It’s time for those little bums to ditch the nappies and enter the world of flushes and hand washes.

It’s a big stepping stone in a child’s life. They learn how to control their bladder and learn the etiquette’s of using a potty/toilet.

Potty training can begin from ages 18 months – 24. Sometimes earlier and sometimes even later.

My toddler was much later.

26 months I trained my toddler.

Now before you begin mum shaming me. This is normal apparently. Atleast I got him trained before he turned 3 years of age. Woop!

If you’re a mama or papa out there struggling, or stressing that your child has passed the stage of potty training, then please calm down.

There is no magical number to indicate when your child should be potty trained by.

It all depends on the child.

Some cultures even begin to introduce the potty as young as 3 months old! 

But, the question here on this post is, how do you go about potty training?…

That too in a short space of time?

How does 3 days sound?

In this post, we’ll talk about potty training and signs to see if your child is ready to say goodbye to nappies. 

Then, I’ll tell you the exact steps of how i potty trained my son in just 3 days.

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Signs Your Baby is Ready to Potty Train

So how do you know your child is ready for potty training?

Now, not every child will show every sign, so you’ll just have to use your best judgement (and maybe some trial and error) on whether your child is ready for potty training.

Mine was clearly ready which helped speed up the process. I did try to potty train him earlier when he was 18 months but it failed. Miserably!

He had no clue what to do, no sense of bladder control and it didn’t help that he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes which slowed down the process for us.

However if your happy healthy child is ready they will begin to show these signs from the age of 1.

First things first, can your child do the below?

  • Can walk/run
  • Able to sit still for 2-5 minutes 
  • Interested in using the potty or toilet
  • Intrigued by other people’s bathroom habits 
  • Urinates a fair amount at one time: If you start noticing some dry nappies between 2 hour changes, and then others soaked, then their body may be ready before you know it. 
  • Being dry after sleeping 
  • Understanding potty-related words
  • Can communicate that they need to go: Crossed legs, grunts, squatting, or going to a secluded area of the house when doing a number 2. 

There’s no perfect time or way to potty train your child.

Especially, because every child is different, and what works for one, may not work for another. 

Pros of potty training at an early age

  • No more diapers!
  • Saves you money

Cons of potty training at an early stage

  • More accidents while training
  • Requires more help from you 
  • Takes patience: A lot of patience.
  • Less co-operative

Potty training in 3 days – How to Get Started

First things first – Check for the signs. If your child is ready then this process is 100x easier.

Don’t force it: If your child has no interest in the potty/toilet or doesn’t want to sit on it, don’t force it. Just take them off, let them play, and try again later. You don’t want this to be a negative experience for them. 

They’ll be physically and emotionally ready when it’s their time. I attempted to toilet train my toddler from the age of 18 months, he just wasn’t ready. He would cry and not do anything when sat on the toilet.

The way I knew he wasn’t ready was:

  1. crying when saying lets go toilet- avoiding the situation.
  2. When I did manage to get him on the toilet (bribes ha!) he would just sit there and not do anything. As soon as I would get tired and put his nappy back on, he would straight away do his business in the nappy.

The moral was – he did need to pee/poop, just NOT on the toilet.

I left him for a few months and aimed to try again when he was a little older.

I had my second baby by that time, I just couldn’t do it. I was physically too tired to be chasing my toddler to go toilet and be looking after my newborn at the same time.

Hats of to all mums who do it! You are amazing!

Shortly after his second birthday we attempted again.

He was much older and almost 2 years and a half.

He was more aware, understood what I would say and was willing to try out new ventures in life!

Like I said earlier, if they are ready, then 3 days BINGO! You child will be potty/toilet trained.

Take them when you know they’ll go: Once they get comfortable with sitting on the potty/toilet, then go ahead and start sitting them on it when they’re more likely to go, such as at bedtime. For example, first thing in the morning or right after they wake up from a nap. After lunch and dinners or every drink. Consider using an audible timer set for every 20 minutes to remind your child to try using the toilet. This will help establish a routine and reinforce the habit of using the toilet regularly. Make sure to have your child wash hands after each attempt to instill healthy habits. Additionally, you can provide a stool for your child to rest their feet on while sitting on the potty, as this can help with their balance and comfort. Congratulations on taking these steps towards successful potty training! With easy access to the toilet, your child will become more comfortable and accustomed to using a standard toilet, which is essential for their potty training journey.

Use the potty sign: Every time you take your child to the toilet, sign it. Let them know your going and make sure they learn to use that word. Like, have a code word!

Being honest with y’all, I’m not going to say I taught my child the word “potty” or “toilet”.

Our word was “wee wee”. It just made sense!

Celebrate every win: If they do go pee or poop in the potty/toilet, be sure to make a huge deal out of it. Clap, say “Yay!,” “Great job!,” or “You did it!” and just get excited.

I would reward my child with a treat after washing his hands. You can also reward your child with stickers or anything else they like. This way they will stay motivated to continue their great efforts of being nappy free.

Take them every hour: After your toddler has shown you more signs that their ready to train, then start sitting them on the potty AT LEAST every hour.

Try the naked method: It may help to pick things up a bit by letting your child roam the house naked for a few days. This way you can quickly scoop them up and head on over to the potty/toilet when they start to go.

Stick with it: The downside to potty training is that it’s probably not going to happen overnight. This is a gradual approach to getting your child comfortable with peeing and pooing in the potty/toilet. It will take time, patience, and some cleaning up. 

Tips for Potty/toilet Training

Forget about Pull-Ups: There useless. Most likely they will confuse your child into thinking they wear a different style nappy again. AVOID!

Take them underwear shopping: Get your little girl or boy excited about potty training by taking them to pick out their own undies. There’s so many fun options to choose from these days.

Provide entertainment: You can also provide entertainment whilst your child is sitting on the potty/toilet if there fussy. Have books and toys nearby to help keep your little one entertained.

I avoided this, I didn’t want my toddler to develop a sense of using the toilet just so he could play on the ipad! Ha! I instead would offer rewards, like said earlier, a treat or a sticker.

Always pack a spare outfit: When you start ditching the nappies and switching over to undies, it’s a good idea to always have a spare outfit in the mum bag.

Most importantly, Stay positive and patient: Potty training isn’t going to happen overnight. Remember that every child is different, and they’ll shine when it’s their time. Just be as patient and positive as possible and keep potty training fun. 

My Method – 3 days toilet training

I didn’t use the potty. I showed my toddler the toilet world straight away.

Reason for this was, I didn’t want to have to train him to use the potty and then RE-TRAIN him again to use the toilet. Some children don’t handle change very well.

The methods I used are same as mentioned above, I invested in a toilet seat for his little bum and did everything else the same as above.

After looking for the signs, he showed he was ready. I gradually talked him into not wearing a nappy because his cousins didn’t wear so. Children like to copy there peers – use this as an advantage to get them to abide.

My Method

I went with the naked approach. Literally no nappy all day.

Day 1 – he woke up and we removed his nappy. He had his glass of milk for breakfast and we headed to the toilet. He didn’t do his pee straight away, it was all new. In fact he didn’t pee at all.

As soon as he got up, he peed on the floor.

Disclaimer  – These 3 days were NOT easy. I felt they were worse than child birth, Ha! But now when I think about it, it was only 3 tough smelly days we had to endure.

Now my toddler is trained as he could ever be. So so proud!

Back to the topic, he did this all day on day 1. Would sit on the toilet but wouldn’t pee and then as soon as we got off he would be wet and get everything on the floor wet too.

I wasn’t happy, so to say I gave him praise and all that shizzle wasn’t the case. I explained why he shouldn’t be peeing on the floor and how hard it is for mummy to clean as someone could have an accident.

Advantage of potty training at this age was, he kinda understood what I was saying and what I meant.

During nights I would pop his nappy back on.

Day 2 – same as day 1, however we managed to get 2 pees on the toilet in a day! BINGO! He did listen to me after all. Still no poo though.

Day 3 potty training what to expect: Trained during day – night time is always abit slower.

Day 3 – he woke up and screamed for me to take his nappy of in the morning, as soon as I did, he ran to the toilet and with help from myself in getting him on the seat, he did his pee! Woohoo!.

He whispered in my ear he wanted to do MORE pee.

That meant a poo. Hurray!


Now it wasn’t all that easy, day 1 and 2 were horrendous. I was literally washing under wears all day and he’d wet around 5 to be precise.

Being a diabetic at the same time sucks because diabetics tend to wee a lot as there blood sugar levels fluctuate, however we managed to get through it!

3 day potty training method not working? or 3 day potty training method no progress showing? Give it a few more days, just don’t give up now!

After a few days of being toilet trained during the day, we went ahead and removed his night time nappy.

3 day potty training night time – process will take abit longer than during day time removal.

Dry nappies during the night is a sign that they are fully trained.


3 days to toilet train.

5 days – before night time nappy removal.

Products required for Potty Training

Here is the potty training seat I used to toilet train my toddler.


So say goodbye to nappies with this instant potty training method. 

Leave me a comment if you’ve potty/toilet trained your child and how you found it!

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10 thoughts on “Potty training in 3 days. Guide + tips!

  1. OMG nooooo! All of the signs point that my little one is ready to potty train. I’m bookmarking this because I’m going to need all the help I can get once February gets here.

  2. Hi Sadia,

    I’m happy I ran across your post! I have been one of those crazy mothers to think about introducing the potty to my baby but of course not really enforcing it because she’s only 5-month-old. I’m in a mommy group, and one of the mothers were able to train their 6-month-old baby to use the potty. Of course, as a new mother, I wanted to take the challenge. Plus, my daughter just seems very advance since she tried to walk around month 3 before she could even crawl! I’m not stressing her abilities to use the potty this young, I would just hope she gets the concept by 16 months when we go on a cruise, so she can play in the water zone. Wish me luck!

    Thank you for sharing,

    Kayla | Mommy Blogger | My Motherhood Made Easy

  3. My daughter is 26 months, we tried this method a couple months ago (all signs point to ready!) but it didn’t work! Been talking about trying to again though. Its interesting though, everyone keeps shaming us for wanting to try because its too soon! The moral of the story is, no matter what you do you’ll be shamed for it so who cares! haha

  4. Some great tips. It’s so important to make sure that the child is ready. It’s the main thing I say to all parents, they will take to it so easily if it’s the right time for them.

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