I know I’m not alone, ya’ll: I can see you out there shaking in your big girl panties. Your kiddo is pushing three and you’re thinking about what the heck you’re going to do when the preschool says your little stinker is going to spend a few extra months in the two-year-old class. 

We can argue all day about whether or not it should be mandatory for a toddler to be fully potty trained before they can be promoted to the three-year-old class (we beg to differ), but the fact is it’s required by many preschools and daycare centers. Not cool when you’re the one whose toddler loves rocking his diapers. 

I’m serious when I say I feel your pain–my kids were diaper loving monsters. Unless you’ve gone head-to-head with a tiny tot who enjoys playing trains with a hot load in his pants, you have no idea the battle that we face. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you best keep your advice to yourself if your 19-month-old magically “took” to the potty. 

For those of you who are feeling me, here are FIVE things you know about potty training a stubborn three-year-old:

  • There is no magic under the sun that can potty train your kid in three days.

  • Your diaper-rocking tot isn’t “slow” to understand the concept. Nope, she’s actually the resident Einstein in her class. (Believe it or not, we’ve done some unofficial research and the results are in: smart kids are the hardest to potty train.)
  • Going commando solves nothing. Stupidest idea ever.
  • Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT need parenting lessons on being “consistent.”
  • It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to win a power struggle with a diaper-craving phene.

If you’ve been blessed with a healthy child, he won’t be heading to college in diapers, so take a chill pill and maintain perspective. Take it from me–a mom whose kids barely made it to the three-year-old class and I still spent the year praying they never had to poop at school–chilling out is easier said than done. Relaxing is certainly one of those things that is easier to preach, not practice. 

After you’ve found your zen, take a minute to download our free potty training guide. You’ve tried everything else, so why not hear us out and give it a shot? We promise our approach is the perfect remedy for your little smarty pants.