I have been trying to make a more concerted effort at potty training this last week. With Josh back to work and life getting more back to normal, I figured it was time to try again. And it’s not just my desire to stop buying diapers that is prompting me: my twins started showing renewed interest in the potty and a new dislike of having new diapers put on.
This time around I am not potty training both of my twins at the same time. I’ve decided to start with Lisa. As the older (2 minutes) and more demanding twin I figured I start with her. Plus she has been more adamant about wanting to sit on the potty and not wanting a new diaper put on. This has been so much easier than training both at once. It’s not nearly as nerve racking for me. So for now Alison stays in a taped on diaper all day (because has been taking hers off all the time lately too…)
This time we have a reward system set-up, pull-ups (which is the only type of diaper Lisa wants to wear now) and the potty chair in the living room for easy access. It seems to be working.
Via several things I have heard from others and their success with it, we have been letting Lisa run around without any pants or diaper on. With the potty seat near by as we play, she can easy run over to it when she has to go. There have been a few accidents, but twice she stopped and finished in the potty. And if she does have an accident I have her help me clean it up, and encourage her to try going on the potty next time.
Today we have been doing very well. All morning she’s been diaper free and peed four times in the potty seat, all unprompted by me! She knows when she has to go! She then brings me the potty insert with the pee (yeah… we need to work on that) to show me she went and so I can dump it in the toilet.
After Lisa goes potty I let her pick out a sticker to put on her potty seat. We had some fun Disney character ones and recently got a sheet of 100+ stickers of random things. My girls love stickers and I feel it is a good reward for them. We only put them on the potty chair or stool, so they don’t end up on furniture or walls or who knows where and they like seeing the stickers, pointing out and saying what’s on the sticker.
So far Lisa has only pooped once in the potty, but it was unprompted! I found that trying to get my girls to go potty on my time wasn’t working and I was spending too many frustrated minutes in the bathroom with them. They would get on and off the potty, want to wipe or flush or whatever, but never actually do their business. That’s why I decided to bring the potty into the living room and let them know what it was for, and the rewards have been good!
I don’t have all the answers for potty training… I have no idea what to do about potty training them during nap time or during the night since they are still in their cribs and I don’t know if we’re all ready to transition to toddler beds. It also seems that the girls usually go poop before/during nap time and I’m not sure what to do about that either since she doesn’t usually yell out “Mommy I need to go poop!”
I also don’t know if Lisa would be ready to go without a diaper when we are out and about or at someone’s house. Maybe that will come when I fully transition her to panties? After she has her first accident outside of the house?
If any of you have “finishing” tips for potty training I would love to hear them, because I am not sure how to go about finishing the job. How do you know when they are fully ready to not wear diapers anymore?