If you’ve been following my blog you’ve read this post and this post, where I bemoaned the difficulties of potty training and how I failed because I basically didn’t really try. Well, over the summer, my awesome neighbor offered to help me train them on her days off, which happened to be the week before they were going to start preschool. Since she works at a preschool and has experience, she had amazing tips and pointers and came over to help me train them. So we went to work.
The strategy was:
- Put their potties in a separate part of the house, away from the TV.
- Time them every five minutes and have them sit on the potty.
- While they are sitting on the potty, read them a book. Make the time that they’re sitting on it “fun” and something they can look forward to.
- Time them sitting on the potty for five minutes. Five minutes on, five minutes off. You can increase to ten minutes, fifteen minutes, half hour, etc. as you see they are getting the hang of it.
- Rewarded them with something they don’t typically get to eat – jelly beans.
- Let them run around the house naked in the meantime.
- Be consistent, don’t give up, be prepared for accidents.
- It’s okay if they don’t poop in the toilet right away, it takes time.
I give all credit to my neighbor and her encouragement and willingness to help! It really is awesome having another set of hands and just someone to encourage you when you feel like giving up. She was great.
We are a long way from where we started in the best way. I would say one is pretty much totally potty trained and the other is 85% there! THIS MAKES ME FEEL LIKE WE ARE GROWING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS. And I’m so proud, thrilled, emotional because they’re just not babies anymore. One wears pull-ups but stays dry the majority of the time, going on the potty while the other is in his underwear now all of the time. Hooray!
The thing with having twins is that they encouraged each other! This helped and I think going to pre-school and watching all of the other kids do it pushed them forward in a big way.
This whole potty-training thing is a journey! It is imperfect, messy, crazy…but we are well on our way!
My encouragement to you:
- Don’t give up like I did right away.
- Don’t be discouraged.
- Be persistent, steady, consistent.
- Dedicate several days, or a week to this completely.
- Realize, they will go eventually. Don’t be hard on yourself.
These are the things I wish I told myself! But I’m really thankful that I had someone to tell me these things! But we have progressed, and for that I am proud!