Sometime last week, I saw this on Pinterest:
It was a link for potty training "in one day". I knew that Lizzy was 100% capable of going to the bathroom in the toilet, but just preferred to be able to play all day. Also, in our previous attempts, I hadn't done a very good job of being really, really consistent. I also hadn't done a great job of giving Lizzy my absolute, undivided attention. So, I thought this might be a good fit for us, and immediately started telling her that on Friday, we were going to have a "special potty day". On Thursday, we went to pick out special snacks and juices, and started talking about how the day was going to go on Friday.
Honestly, I was totally skeptical that it would work. I thought the method was pretty corny, and couldn't imagine myself running back and forth 10 times every time she had an accident. But, I did it, and I do think it worked.
The first day we had lukewarm success. I felt like we'd have strings of successes and then strings of accidents, and it drove me crazy. But overall, she really seemed to "get it", and by the end of the day, Lizzy was hopping up and running to the bathroom on her own whenever she needed to go, not just when the timer went off.
The second day was great--Lizzy had no accidents all morning and so we celebrated with lunch at Taco Bell (her choice). We had no accidents into the evening as well. I was shocked that this was working!
The third day we began to encounter some resistance. Lizzy wanted to do everything all by herself and wanted no one in the bathroom with her,. Only sometimes she wouldn't sit on the toilet long enough and would go as soon as she hopped down. Also, I was totally stir crazy--I had pretty much been sitting on the bathroom floor since Friday morning. We went on a few errands while she wore a pull-up. Lizzy did a great job sitting on the toilet in public, but didn't ever actually go. She did end up going in her pull-up without telling us, but I think that had more to do with the fact that we ended up staying out longer than anticipated and sort of lost track of time and waited longer than usual to take a bathroom trip.
A few things:
-We elected to continue doing diapers at night for now, even though the plan recommends against it.
-We also elected to occasionally do a pull-up when we're out and about (or when one of us isn't the person who is responsible for her primary care, such as in nursery or at Mom's Group). This is partially because Lizzy still isn't great at actually telling someone when she needs to use the toilet. But we do strictly underwear at home when it's not time to sleep. Honestly, I feel like this is a good first step!
So, is Lizzy 100% potty trained in a day? Nope. But she's miles away from where she was last Thursday, and I'm happy with that.