Those of you who’ve been reading along for the past couple of years have been treated to a ring-side seat for our amazing Potty Adventure!
I’m sure that you all feel appropriately honored by this 🙂
For those of you who are just now joining our non-stop whirligig of fun – a recap:
The twins, at two years old, while giving all the signs of being “potty ready”, were nonetheless still interacting with their potties as though they were wild orangutan babies – though thankfully without the throwing of excrement.
At three years of age, their nursery school teachers – Miss Amy & Miss Rhonda – were of IMMEASURABLE help to us in getting the twins steadily going to the potty during the daytime – but at home, potty-going was still an ordeal of epic proportions. Halle would gleefully run around piddling little puddles while my husband and I would be desperately mopping up after her, and Zanna would refuse to admit she had to use the potty until the countdown was T-minus 1 second and counting! We were hard pressed to find a clean dry pair of pants for her by the end of the day!
Now, at nearly 4 years of age, the girls hardly ever wet their pants, Halle no longer creates her own fun with wee-wee, and will even wake everyone up several times a night so she can use the potty. We had reached a plateau: not quite ready to let the girls use the potty on their own unsupervised at night (they still exhibited the alarming signs of orangutan-hood in the bathroom), and our last nerves were being frazzled everytime a daytime trip to the potty was due.
Then I won a giveaway at a twitter party. I was told I had won a “Potty Tots Training Kit for Girls”. At first, I thought that would be rather useless, as we were already (sorta) advanced (wishful thinking) in the potty business. But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try – maybe we could learn a few new tricks. (I just hoped it was better than the “Once Upon A Potty” series that shows the little girl putting the potty ON HER HEAD! Trust me, my girls do not need encouragement to do annoying things like that!)
So about a week later, I got the Potty Tots training kit in the mail. They have an online component that the kids can meet the Tots online and learn about them, and I checked it out – it did look interesting – but I don’t usually let my kids use the computer at home.
There was a Potty Tots storybook, a DVD, a Potty Chart, and a Potty Game.
The girls demanded to see the DVD right away. We popped it in and they were riveted! They wiggled and danced around during the two extra bonus Potty Tots Music Videos.
Next, they demanded I read them the storybook – they loved it! They insisted that I tell them each Potty Tot’s name, which they repeated until they could name them all! Zanna seems to like Leilani most, and Halle seems to like Shamika most.
Then the girls demanded to go potty.
We trooped in to our bathroom, where I had already set up the Potty Chart and Potty Game. I was floored when my girls started pointing and following along with the steps on the Potty Chart! I didn’t even have to chase them around the bathroom first or pull them away from the sink or tub!
They got their pants down, sat down and did their business without long drawn-out dawdling, then they carefully counted out the appropriate amount of toilet paper – “!!!!!” (I was shocked at this point, because usually I have to wrestle them for control of the toilet paper before they waste half the roll!) then they wiped, hopped off, got clothes back in place, flushed (and didn’t try to swish their hands in the toilet!!!) and then went over to the sink to wash hands – with soap! – and they DIDN’T EVEN SPLASH!!!
Then, triumphantly, they went over to the Potty Game and advanced their marker to the next position. Then they simply exited the bathroom and went on playing!
Instead of 20 minutes of toilet torture for me, everything was over and done with in less than 5 minutes!
They’ve even been managing this consistantly for a week now, so I’m actually thinking of setting out a portable potty in the hallway for Halle to use by herself at night! I think that thanks to the Potty Tots, she might be ready for this next big step! (And my husband and I might actually get some sleep at night!)
You can buy the Boy or Girl version of the Potty Tots Training Kit at the Potty Tots website for $19.95 USD.*
* I received no compensation for this review, and it is my own honest opinion. The product I received was a prize at a party and was not in exchange for this review.