Potty training in 1 week. Why is this positive parenting?

When you were expecting your baby, you may have come up with a nickname like, cupcake, sprout, jellybean, wiggle bum, sweet pea… and meanwhile you also thought about his or her official name.

You may also have ideas on how you would raise your ‘little sprouts’ in the future.

Positive parenting or positive education, a commonly used term. Indeed! It sounds a bit strange somewhere, isn’t it? Because who wants to raise their child negatively, nobody right?

But positive is exactly the right term and positive parenting is what you have naturally too, because you are all over the moon and you also want the very best for your baby.

But what is the best? And is there a “best” way or is every child unique?

And does every child need a different approach? Absolutely!

We started our Potty Training Programme from scratch and gradually build up all the knowledge and experience over the years. First, we googled our way through parenting, just like many other parents probably. That’s how we started our potty training when we wanted to train our first child, who was 2.5 years old by then. But there were so much information and so many tips out there, we got confused and never get a grip, nor a step-by-step plan or any support that could help us to handle our difficult situation. That was certainly not the way we wanted to do potty training for our first child. Yet, we stayed perseverance and worked exhaustively, so that our first child could be nappy-free for real within a week or so.

We found a lot of tips on the internet and there are also many ways describing  how to do potty training in three days. The idea was very similar to what we had in mind. We do not have to complete the potty training within three days, but yet we didn’t want to spend months with a potty again. Therefore, we started working on our own way, trying to search for needles in a bunch of haystacks. Finally, we found our own way of potty training that could be completed within a week.

Our friends were curious how we had done this, because their children were very often a lot older and still not potty trained yet. We wanted to help more parents out there, thus we decided to develop a programme for potty training.

Potty trained in one week. Why a week then?

We have been potty trained three of our children. When it came to day 4 of our potty training, we always found it frustrated and exhausted and thinking we had had enough.

Lots of accidents, our girl didn’t seem to get it yet… Was she ready? Or maybe too young? All kinds of questions that we are often asked now.

We decided to take a week to record the whole potty experience for ourselves. We had to work our fingers to the bone when we were also mopping up the umpteenth accident.

For our little girl, the turning point did not come until the 6th day and after that it went so fast. Basically, she caught us by surprise. We were so proud and our girl was so proud! It was really the best decision for us at the time to continue the potty training, and it was all worth in the end.

Please allow us to share three critical elements here with you:

Reward-oriented; we use reward cards with happy animal stickers; children love to stick the stickers on their card and soon they would realize they have fulfilled an achievement in order to get the stickers, and they can also earn a ‘small’ gift through out the process. We emphasize on “small”, because the intention is not to increase the pressure.

Coaching; through the private Facebook Community we guide parents with all their questions until their children have graduated from our Potty Training Programme and earned their certification. You can also discuss on the Facebook Community with other parents who are in the same boat.

Undivided attention; we ask parents to set aside a full week for this Potty Training, so that your child(ren) can learn it in peace, and you can look back on a successful and enjoyable week full of love and the joys of spring. Despite of all the mopping. 😉

These are the core of our positive parenting that appeal to us the most, and we have designed our Potty Training Programme based on them.

We have guided and supported more than 20,000 parents with our Potty Training Box now, we have continuously improved the programme and it is no longer in pieces, but a thorough step-by-step method.

203 million pounds! of the yearly waste we produce is from nappies.

yearly waste from nappies

Nappies are made from plastic, absorption material and paper pulp. It takes a lot of paper and petroleum to make a nappy. Besides that, a nappy is not easy degradable. Still, we need them. The important question is: How long will you use them?

A child of 2.5 years old is physically ready to be potty trained. But as a parent you often don’t pay attention to it because the use of a nappy is very easy.

When you have potty trained children, you will realise that it’s much easier to have them out of their nappies because you don’t have to change them at that very inconvenient moment. And it will save you a few pennies too (Approx. 210 pounds per half a year.) But don’t forget the confidence that it will give your toddler when they are potty trained. They will be so proud when they can go to the same toilet as mum and dad.

But first you -just- have to go out of your comfort zone and we often don’t like to do that.

‘If all British toddlers would be potty trained half a year sooner it would spare 101 million pounds of waste. That’s a lot!’

Pay attention to the signs your toddler is giving you. This way you can have a guess if your child is ready or not.

  • Can they sit unsupported?
  • Can they walk?
  • Do they let you know that their nappy is full?
  • Can he/she say no?
  • Does he or she understand (simple) tasks and carry them out?
  • Can your toddler imitate something or someone?
  • Can he/she pick up an item?
  • Is your child interested in the potty or toilet?

If you can tick 3-4 signals, they are ready to start potty training!

How would it be for you if your child is potty trained next week?

When you buy our programme you also get access to our private Facebook Community. You can ask other parents (or us) for help when you need that bit of extra support.

We’d like to help!

Discover our Potty Training Box here.

High sensitive and potty training

My child is high sensitive, how do I teach him/her to get potty trained?

When something changes in the life of a child who is high sensitive, it can be a challenge for the parents. In the past you might have not seen these situations coming but after a while you just get prepared. It’s not that they are not surprising you but you know in advance how to handle things because you know it can go different with your child.

Cutting of the pacifier or potty training can take longer or be harder with a child that is high sensitive.

“We’ve got 3 children, one of them is high sensitive. We put our experience in the programme.”

If we look at our own children, we have seen that one got potty trained faster than the other, but that’s okay. Every child is different. Let your toddler lead and don’t force anything.

Don’t delay potty training to avoid disappointment because we are sure that with our help, you are going to succeed!

Don’t force anything; a high sensitive child hates that. For those kids it is extremely important to let them take initiative and you don’t put them on the potty or toilet. They need to have control over the situation.
Use their imagination. You could read a book that is about the human body. Tell them how digestion works. They like to visualise things and a book can help with that. It will make them less anxious.

When your child is still anxious about potty training you could explain all the steps that you are going to follow together. Tell him or her that he/she can say when they are ready for the next step. But be clear that once the nappy goes off, it doesn’t go on anymore. That will help them a lot.

It is possible that your child is more tired than usual. Keep that in mind and plan some more moments to relax. Stimuli are much more intense for a person who is high sensitive. Help him or her at the end of the day a bit more by reminding them to stay dry and make physical contact.

A high sensitive child needs to be slowed down and aware and that is a beautiful thing!

Questions? Ask them here!

When to start potty training?

When to start potty training

When to start potty trainingWhen to start potty training?

Potty training…. One will start when their child is 2.5 years old and another will say: “I’ll wait until they are ready!” But what if that doesn’t happen? Are you going to wait until the very last minute just before they go to primary school?

If we’re talking about potty training most parents feel insecure and/or called upon. So many people have an opinion about it. Parents, Parents in law, friends, teachers. “Is your child still wearing a nappy?” Or: “Are you starting already?” You are never doing it the right way. 😉

Signals vs. age

We recommend to look at signs. Because from these signs you can tell if it’s useful to start potty training.

The signals are:

  • Can they sit unsupported?
  • Can they walk?
  • Do they let you know that their nappy is full?
  • Can he/she say no?
  • Does he or she understand (simple) tasks and carry them out?
  • Can your toddler imitate something or someone?
  • Can he/she pick up an item?
  • Is your child interested in the potty or toilet?

If you can tick 3-4 signals, they are ready to start potty training!

Are you ready? Can you take time off to start?

Teaching your child to get potty trained is often not something you look forward to and is most of the time not something that happens overnight. But, when you do this together – in a week time- you will rock this!

The feedback we receive from parents is often that they wished they would have started sooner. The results are amazing and it saves some penny’s too ( around GBP 350 per half year!) and we haven’t even mention how thankful the environment will be when you stop using nappies.

‘In the end it’s amazing to see the confidence boost your child gets from starting this adventure with you!’

So….. What are you waiting for? 😉

We’d love to help and guide you. Click here to read more about the Potty Training Box.

Potty training in 10 steps

Potty training

There are many ways to potty train your child. Some parents introduce a potty and regularly put their child on it to get familiar with it. Often, they do this in combination with a pull up so chances of having an accident is small. Some kids are potty trained overnight. If this happened to your child you are really lucky!

Are you not fuzzed to work on potty training for months and would you like to train them in a short time period? You can! And that is what we were thinking too. No dreadful months of accidents but an intense week full of fun and positivity. That is our way of getting your child potty trained in a week.

Another positive about this training is that you are bonding with your kid. He or she gets a lot of undivided attention and they will LOVE it!
Besides that, their confidence will grow massively when they have achieved such a big milestone at the end of the week. You both will be proud. Mopping will not be the nicest part of that week, but the attention and the result will make it all worth it!

Step by step for potty training:

  1. Take of the nappy and leave it off. Children like clarity and predictability, it can make them upset when thinks are not clear and we don’t want that.
  2. Throw away all unused nappies. (In a clean bin) You can take them out later on to give them to someone else but by throwing away the nappies you give clarity to your child.
  3. Get him or her knickers on and give a compliment about them.
  4. Protect your furniture.
  5. Give lots of fluids so you can practise better.
  6. Leave initiative at your child by saying: “Will you tell me when you have to go?”
  7. Never get angry when he/she has an accident. They learn from it!
  8. A success is celebrated with a big cheer and a sticker on the sticker card.
  9. Does your toddler still nap in the afternoon? Use a pull up and call it a “sleeppants”, this avoids confusion.
  10. Hang in there.

If your child refuses to drink, we advise you to be creative. Buy nice new cups, give them his or her favorite drink (don’t think of the sugars, you can go back to normal after this week). Still no success? Buy or make ice pops, every child loves them!

Go for it!

Ps. Do you want our support? Check out our Potty Training Box.