How to Potty Train a Toddler Boy in One Day

By Lisa Baker
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Potty training doesn't have to be a long, drawn-out process. Depending on the age and readiness of your toddler boy, he might even be able to get the idea in one day. Don't expect your son to be completely potty trained after one day; completing training is a complicated process and will take longer for most children. However, one day is enough for many boys to learn the concepts and lay a foundation for potty training. Even if he continues to have accidents, he'll be on his way to potty training after a day of focusing on the skills of using the toilet. Be patient and keep in mind that one day is a short time to change a habit that your son has formed over his entire life.

Prepare for Potty Training Day

Step 1

Ascertain that your son shows the signs of potty training readiness recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, including staying dry for two hours during the day, having regular bowel movements, being able to follow instructions, the ability to walk to the bathroom by himself, and asking to use the toilet.

Step 2

Prepare your son for the potty-training day. You can read potty-training books and talk about the transition he'll be ready for soon.

Step 3

Plan a day when you can spend the day at home with your son focusing on potty training.

Potty Train in One Day

Step 1

Take off your son's diaper in the morning and help him dress himself in training pants or underwear. You can also let him go naked for the day (or have him wear just a long t-shirt) to make it simpler for him to get to the potty in time.

Step 2

Let your son practice going to the bathroom, pulling down his underwear and sitting on the potty, or climbing onto the stool and toilet insert. Praise him for sitting on the potty or toilet even if he doesn't pee the first time.

Step 3

Give your son plenty of water or juice to make sure he will have ample opportunities when he needs to use the potty.

Step 4

Remind him to pay attention to his body and tell you when he needs to use the potty. Encourage and praise him when he succeeds in peeing in the potty. Celebrate with a special reward like a treat, a sticker or a phone call to someone he admires.

Step 5

Carry him to the potty quickly if you see him start to pee on the floor. This will allow him to finish peeing in the potty even if he started somewhere else. Be careful not to frighten or startle him by moving him too suddenly. If it bothers him to be moved in the middle of peeing, skip this step.

Step 6

Help him clean up when he has an accident and then have him practice several times going to the potty, pulling down his training pants and sitting on the potty. Do not punish him or get frustrated with accidents.

About the Author

Lisa Baker has been a professional writer since 2001. She has published articles on parenting, environmental issues and religious topics in a variety of print and online venues, including "HomeLife Magazine" and "Pink & Green." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sweet Briar College.