How to Potty Train Your Toddler in a Week or Less!

Potty training kids is very exciting but it is also can be extremely stressful if not done the right way. So, what exactly is the right way? Unfortunately, the right way still involves lots of input and decision to be made by the parent based on the individual child. That means you need to go through this process with an open mind and a positive attitude! In the article below, I will give you the steps to follow that will help you successful potty train your toddler in about 1 week or less!


The Basics

To set yourself and your child up for success, you need to first be sure your child is ready.  I loved this video from Parents Magazine which explains when you should start to potty train.

At the website, you can find a list of signs that a child may be ready to potty train.
Here are some for the physical and emotional signs:
– Urinates a fair amount at one time
– Has two or more hours of “dry” time between diaper changes. This can include nap times.
– Has enough coordination to walk and run steadily
– Can pull her pants up and down
– Has a desire for independence
– Can tell you when he needs to go, is going, or has just dirtied a diaper
If your child appears to be ready next, you need to …

Prepare Your Child / Get Them Pumped Up

This process is going to be a major change for your child and will require some priming of their outlook. You’ll want to be sure they understand that their diaper will be going “bye-bye” and it’s almost time to use the potty or toliet.

Don’t let this change be a surprise to them. In the days and weeks prior, start to mention using the potty, read books and let them visit the restroom with you and other members of your household so that they can get a visual to associate with your words.

Make them excited about the transition and be sure to stress that they are growing up so fast and becomming a bug kid!

Stock Up on Supplies

Some people may choose to use pull-on diapers or big kids undies to use during the training process but others try to plan to potty train on a week that they will mainly be at home and let their child go bottomless. All options are acceptable but you will need to devise a plan of support and reward system for your child. Flushable wipes are always a good idea to have around to ensure a good clean.

Most kiddos have a strong desire to please the adults around them so finding a way to show them that you are proud and happy when they have a positive potty experience is MAJOR.

Incentive Ideas

You may want to try using snacks, stickers, or even a trip to the local Dollar Store for some cheap toys. You know your child best so I’m sure you know what makes them tick.

Make them “Go”

Have lots of juice or water available to give their bodies the urge to go more often and more. That will ensure you will be able to catch them ready to go potty throughout the day.

If your kid is anything like mine your worry may be keeping them still long enough to get the goods out of their little body. If you have a mover and shaker type child, be prepared to keep them busy during potty time. Books, tablets, toys or even a good counting and ABC song may help.

Give a Gentle Push

During the first 2 days, you want to make potty reminders about every 15 minutes. Even if they say that they don’t have to go, you should encourage them to at least try. From the 3rd day on, your little one should get the hint that when they feel that pressure in their belly it’s potty time.

Summary of the Plan

  • When your child wakes up in the morning, change his soggy diaper and bid farewell. Have your kid throw the diaper out and say “bye-bye.”
  • Change them into an oversized T-shirts you got (or let them go nude) and explain there is no diaper to catch the pee-pee or poop, so he has to put it in the potty.
  • Give him/her breakfast and an extra drink. Afterwards, take them over to the potty or the toliet. It should be a successful trip after all those liquids.
  • Continue your day as normal, but remember, no leaving the house for three days. Play, read, color and watch cartoons.
  • Have a constant sippy cup of water at your kid’s reach. Walk your child to the potty every 15 minutes, all day long for three days.
  • Cut off all liquids and snacks after dinner.
  • Complete one final potty mission before bed.
  • Wake them up halfway through the night to pee. (Yes, set an alarm.)
  • Repeat for the next two days

DO NOT PUNISH THEM FOR ACCIDENTS! It is a normal part of the transition and should be treated as such.

When you are ready to venture out of the house, pack a travel potty and or/seat liners for public restrooms. Be sure your child knows that you will always make time for them to go potty. Have a few spare outfits on hand in the car for emergency changes.

Let your kiddo know that you are super proud of them and that you KNOW they can do it! No more diapers!!




  1. Teresa

    These are great tips in in teaching your little one to potty train. Words of encouragement and plenty of patience and incentives all go hand in hand. I potty trained my little one similar to the tips you’ve mentioned but only on a more steadier period rather than a week.

    1. Ally (Post author)

      HI, Teresa!

           Yes, you are correct! Our little ones love to be loved. The most important thing to remember when potty training is that it will only work when the child is ready. This is a major life change for them so you don’t want to rush the introduction.

      Thanks for your comment!


  2. Claire

    My little one has just turned one, and he has started saying ‘bum bum’ when he has dirtied his nappy. We went out and bought a potty thinking it might be time to start training, but I’m not 100% convinced it’s time yet. He still has terrible balance when he is running around the living room, and we have enough trouble getting him to sit still long enough to eat a biscuit, let alone wait for him to pass on the toilet. Is there an age, roughly, where it’s normal to start potty training, and is 13 months too early?

    1. Ally (Post author)

      Hi, Claire! Most children meet all of these requirements  AND show true interest in the potty around the 3 years old. Lots of parents start having the potty talk at around 2 1/2 and start training from their. I will also add, potty training before a child is actually ready physically can be detrimental to their health. Waiting a little longer will be just fine. 

      Thanks for your comment!



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