As you can see though, George isn't naked in the picture! Instead of being naked, we like to use an unbuttoned onesie for modesty. George seems to like it better and so do others when they walk in the door. Last time he was potty training, the Missionaries stopped by for an unexpected visit, and both shouted "Woe!" as George flew around the corner and screamed hi while butt naked. That was hilarious.
Underware simply does not work for the 3 day meathod, but a onesie works great for modesty if that's what you want. Children run around with loin clothes in a few places around the world for modesty, and in the home it's perfectly fine. If you have a boy though, keep a good eye on his hands because they'll naturally tug at his parts, especially if uncircumcised.
A few more tips are;
1. Have them cornered in a part of the house where there are hard floors! Italians hate carpets because they can't clean them. Sprays don't fully clean a carpet, and the pee will just sit there unless you have an actual carpet cleaning machine to suck out the pee. Keep in mind, poop is 10x easier to clean on a hard floor if its not solid too! On a hard floor, with paper towels and 409 cleaner (or your natural cleaner of choice) cleaning is a breeze.
2. Dont scold them for accidents, they will happen (more so on first day). However, don't say "it's ok", because it isn't ok to pee and poo on the floor. Just direct them to the potty and tell them that's where they go and praise them for sitting on the potty. Positive reinforcement is super important, or else they'll digress back to the diaper.
3. TV is awesome for the 3 day method. Distracts them from being upset and makes the whole experience a treat and an exciting time.
4. Dont use diaper wipes to clean their hands if they refuse to wash up! My son got sick twice last time and if they are sick, its no time to train! Miserable children and potty training do not go together. Use some hand sanitizer, let the germs die, and then you can wipe their hands with a baby wipe if your afraid they'll stick their hands in his/her mouth.
5. Make it a fun and exciting time! Have lots of small snacks out and keep their sippy cup full!
6. Lastly, ask them if they need to go to the potty, or put them on the potty every 20 minutes.
After they get the hang of potty training, they'll still need to be naked from bottom down in the house (if using 3 day method to kick start potty training) for around 3 months and you'll still need to remind them to go potty! They're still toddlers after all :)
When going out, you'll also want something like the Piddle Pad for your car seat off Amazon (or line car seat with plastic and then a towel), and maybe get a foldable child potty seat or keep your training potty in the car. You can hold them over an adult seat in a public restroom too, just bring a sticker to cover over the automatic flush detector. Go search Pinterest for the 3 day method to learn more about it if you like! Its basically just staying home for 3 days and dedicating it to potty training with no diaper, naked waist down.
Anyway, we going for another try, and hopefully life in general won't get too much in the way! We really don't have a choice with this major rash! Once it clears up in a day though it'll be hard to not revert back if things get in the way (tomorrow we'll be needing to go down the mountain). Anyway, we'll try to pull through it all! Wish us luck!
Just one more thing! Potty training videos got George excited yesterday to try the potty, and that's what gave us the idea to give it another go! Two videos we're letting George watch for potty training are Daniel Tigers Neighborhood, episode "Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty/Daniel Goes to the potty" (on Netflix its episode 10 of volume 1), and Bear In The Big Blue House - When You've Got to Go, on YouTube. We might find more later, but George's favorite is Daniel Tiger.
UPDATE: To see our updated success story, click here. George did successfully potty train in three days, but we had to try again later. It's important to note that not all children are ready (or parents ready for the commitment) for potty training. Success will be great only if both toddler and parent(s) are ready. It turned out great, so I encourage you to check our success story for a few more tips and even more info: George Potty Trained! In 3 Days...