There were a few things I had to prepare before getting started.
A potty. There were a few options. For those of you who, like me, despise cleaning, having a seat cover that you can put on the toilet so your little guy or girl doesn’t slip in may be an option. That was my first thought. But the risk here is that your little guy or girl may not allow enough time to set up the seat before they really REALLY have to go RIGHT NOW. Ultimately we went with a potty with a removable pot inside. A pain in the neck to clean, but a bit more likely to set your kid up for success
A doll. It’s preferable to have one that wets, but I couldn’t seem to find one ! A familiar dolly and a squirt bottle would do the trick.
underpants for dollyNope, couldn’t find these either! I just took an old pair of socks of mine and cut off the toe portion, then cut out leg holes for dolly and voila! Undies!
lots of different drinks. Three kinds of diluted Sesame Street juice and 4 sippy cups (1 for water). Check! It’s important to make sure they drink a lot — the more they drink the more they pee. The more they pee, the more practice they get. The more practice they get, the faster they’ll learn.
yummy (preferably salty) snacks. For one day, I made my peace with him snacking on goldfish crackers and chips for a few hours. Any yummy snack that is likely to keep them drinking will do (see above: the more they drink…)
underpants for my guy. Lots and lots of underpants. Expect quite a few accidents, especially in the beginning. I usually recommend that parents count the number of underpants they own (it’ll give you an idea of how often you can reasonably be expected to do laundry) and multiply it by at least 3.
data sheets Don’t be scared! It’s easier than you think. You’ll need to keep track of what time your little one goes to the potty, what level of reminder/ help they needed, whether or not they pee or poop and whether they’re dry when you check their pants. I used a sheet of loose leaf paper I had drawn, but you can just use the download on the behaviormommy’s printables page
a chunk of time (plan on a few hours) when you are alone with your kid, unplugged and 100% focused. Sounds like the hardest part,right? But it’s really essential. The success of rapid toilet training really depends on your focus, so don’t try and cut corners on this one. Get everybody else out of the house and don’t try to multitask for at least the first 2 hours. And enjoy shutting out the rest of the world for a while. How often do we get the chance?
an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Foxx and Azrin recommend developing a “Friends Who Care” list. Keep a list of beloved real and fictional people (though I added a few trains and monsters!) and let your little one know how proud they are of his or her new skill. In the age of cell phones, we can do even better. Have them on call, ready to tell him or her themselves! My dad was prepped and ready, practicing his Thomas the Tank Engine impression (peep! Peep!)
After I had set all that up, I set a date. Let the games begin!