Loads of you asked, so a quick update post 3 day potty training!
The method we used:
- UNDERWEAR: After searching for hours, I found inexpensive ethically made undies that were 100% organic cotton. They’re made by PACT and if you click HERE you can get 20% off your order. I went with 2 sets of the training pants, but I’ve since bought a pair of size 4-5 yo boxers so that they’ll be lose and easy for him to pull down by himself – that’s what you need, and what we didn’t have. And given they’re more expensive I only had 6 pairs but it worked well for us. I hand washed with Dr Bronners at nap time, and then threw on laundry at night. It let me buy good, ethical underwear and still stay on budget!
- TREATS: The system works on rewards so we bought Trader Joes Honey Mints and split them in 1/3s for treats. I also asked on a local forum if anyone had small plastic animals they didn’t want, or leftover stickers, so I could buy them second hand without the waste. I got both in the end for free. Win win. Ask around before you buy!
- TREATS: I searched everywhere for an eco friendly potty – if you find one tell me! I bought a recyclable plastic on in the end, and we put it out 2 weeks before the 3 days so he got accustomed to talking about it and seeing it.
Reality of 3 days:
One week on…
We’re very much in the same place but he’s learning to communicate more clearly without me asking. We have an accident here and there (every other day I’d say but all at home thanksfully.) He’s gone on errands, had time with a babysitter, and gone out for dinner twice all with zero problems. I’m still pretty intensively watching him through my days and asking him a lot to remember to tell me when he needs to go, but I’m happy we went for it and we’re not going back.
The one place we backtracked
I read a lot about the nights. This method has you quit diapers/nappies fully even at night and assured me it would work from 22 months – which is why we started then. I’m going to be honest here and say I don’t doubt her methods BUT, knowing that in 10 weeks I’ll have no options about getting up in the night, I’m happy not to do it right now. I’m going to keep doing cloth diapers through the night until he’s naturally dry, then we’ll switch back to no diapers 24/7.