So here I am in the throws of two 2-year-olds who are giving me all the signs of readiness for potty-training. But I feel like a deer in headlights with no direction whatsoever! You’d think I would have a clue since I have successfully trained my two older daughters. But no, boys are different and twins are entirely different! I still can’t trust them in the bathroom for 5 seconds or they will dump everything possible in the toilet, turn the hot water on in both sinks and bathtub simultaneously and lock me out. Yes, this happened to me today. Lucky me! But these boys are ready. They tell me they want a diaper change because they have a “stank”, they hide in a corner when they do their business, and they are OBSESSED with everyone else’s bodily functions. It’s pretty funny when I have to take my posse into public restrooms because at least one of them will announce “mommy poo-poo” when I’m just going tee-tee!
So what is the difference between training boys and girls and where do you start? I’m thinking that the potty books are the very first step. My favorites are A Potty for Me, Everyone Poops, and Once Upon a Potty Boy/Girl. My girls were fascinated by Everyone Poops since it accurately shows every kind of creature going poo-poo. They read it for a full year after they were potty-trained! The next step is to get new training potties in every bathroom and stools by the sink/big toilet. We may also pick up a few potty dvd’s for long car rides or if we’re just hanging out sitting on our potties. A very important step in the process is to let your children go to the store and pick out big-boy pants or big-girl panties. I also think that training pants, ie. pull-ups, seem to defeat the purpose. When my girls wore them, they took it as a free pass to skip the potty since they really didn’t feel wet. Plus, they cost a fortune. We did use them at night for a while, but never used them during the day. I may be eating these words with these crazy twins of mine! I’ve been told to put blue food coloring in the toilet because when they go tee-tee, the water turns green. That sounds pretty fun. Another trick for boys is to put Cheerios in the potty since they can aim at them (Cheerios float nicely). What I’m struggling the most with is the reward system. We did peanut M&M’s for the girls and that worked like a charm. One for tee-tee and two for poo-poo. My oldest loved the M&M’s and she learned to do a little bit at a time to maximize the # of M&M’s. I wasn’t opposed to this because it seemed like she learned how to control herself quickly. Many of my friends did potty charts with stickers and that worked great for them. I’m just not sure what to do this time around. One thing is certain, I will wait to start after school gets out and we’re not really on a schedule. That way, we can run around naked in the backyard and get used to the potty sensation.
Do you have any tips to share? Here’s my big question – do you think I should train my boys separately or together? You don’t have to be a mom of multiples to offer up tips! Thanks for your Smarty advice:-)