Category Archives: potty training

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…

At 5 years old, the twins have long since left diapers behind (pun not intended), and are using the potty regularly.  Actually they use the regular toilet, but with a child’s seat on it.

Halle’s ok, as far as nighttime potty trips go. She’s able to wake up, hold it, and get to the potty on time, but Zanna still has a bladder control problem.

About an hour after she falls asleep, we have to rouse her, lead her to the bathroom and prop her up as we coax her to pee.

And a couple of hours after that, we take her there again.

Then-after, she seems to be fine and may get up again in the wee hours of the morning (pun not intended) all by herself.

If we don’t have this kind of intervention, she wets the bed multiple times each night.

Her last drink is usually 2 hours before bedtime, and she even manages to pee before sleeping, but it’s still not enough.

So I’m wondering if I should invest in an alarm for bedwetting, or in homeopathic/herbal bedwetting tablets.

I’m hoping that rousing her before she wets will be enough to train her, but she sleeps so heavily!

 

Somebody peed on Pooh

Yes folks, it’s time for another update on the potty sitch!

Our 4yr old twins are now at the point that they wear big girl undies all day long!

One of them rarely has any accidents, while the other girl gets a little too focused on playtime and sometimes has an “oopsie!” getting to the potty a little too late.

We’re still trying to get both girls onboard with the “wipe from front to back” deal, but they can both use the toilet with potty seat frame on it, all by themselves!

They also don’t waste toilet paper and can wash their hands with soap and water all by themselves, too – although we have to keep an ear out to make sure they don’t get too carried away with the waterfest!

Since they both have figured out how to dismantle the child-proof doorknob covers, and now have unrestricted access to the bathroom, we’ve had to empty out the area under the sink and in the medicine cabinet, to make sure there’s nothing dangerous they could get into, should the notion to go exploring enter their minds.

And….we’ve retired our little hallway travel potty for the most part.  We still keep it at the ready in the bathtub, so that if the potty is occupied, the waiting child can still avail herself of the “facilities” and not have an accident.

Speaking of accidents…

We’re also trying to nighttime potty train the girls.  One can sometimes make it all the way until morning with dry panties, but the other girl is such a heavy sleeper that we’ve decided to keep her in diapers at night for the time being – there are only so many times this tired mama can get up in the middle of the night to change sopping and soiled bedding, and pillows, and various stuffed animals that also got soaked.

And then in the morning have to face the huge mountain of peed-on bedding that needs to be laundered after a moist night with twin trainees.

Other than that, we’re still trying to convince one of our girls that it really is MUCH more pleasant to poo in the potty, and not demand to have a diaper placed on her rump solely for the purpose of pooing, and 1 minute afterwards she needs a fresh diaper.

But we’re making progress!

The PottyTots training chart is still very useful to keep the girls on track with their potty routine, and we’re bribing away with stickers and/or squinkies to achieve desired results – more or less.

So while some of our staff – namely, one Winnie the Pooh, is Really Not Happy At All, with being frequently laundered, most of us have resigned ourselves to now and then taking one for the team.

Happy Holidays!

And may your potty times be smooth ones!

Eat, Pee, Sleep, part 2

Today’s topic:

The Potty Report!!

When we last left our intrepid mama & twin 4yr old, there was some amount of success having been achieved with the PottyTots training kit.  Both the girls could use the potty, usually not be wasteful with toilet paper, and could get their pants down and back up all by themselves.

Halle is proud as a peacock everytime she goes potty and demands an audience.  She would also like stickers upon completion, thank you very much!

Zanna, however, had become a chronic pants-wetter.  She’d keep grabbing her ‘area’, I’d ask if she’d have to go to the potty, she’d say ‘no’, and a few minutes later – wet pants!

So I tried physically placing her on the potty whenever she did the ‘area’ grab, but she’d refuse to pee.  She’d certainly make a good show of grunting and straining, but not a drop came out. So I’d let her go, and sure enough, within a few minutes, wet pants.

Then there was poo…Zanna absolutely refused to poo in the potty.  She’d hold it all day and at night, within minutes after getting her sleeping diaper on, she’d let loose, and we’d have to re-diaper her.

One time she had an epic ‘wardrobe malfunction’ with her pants during the daytime, at a Father’s Day BBQ, and that got her willing enough to use the potty for its intended purpose, but the effect only lasted a few days, then it was back to pants wetting and diaper-pooping.

We were at a complete loss for what to do!

Then I managed to luck out by finding some shiny foil frog stickers, and Zanna used the potty until the novelty of shiny stickers wore off.  Puffy stickers also worked for about a day.  Clearly she had her price and was open to bribery, but then she wanted more and more stickers.

Unwilling to give in to an escalation of bribery, last night I’d had enough.

No diaper, I told her, until there is a sizable amount of poo in the potty.  She willingly sat on the potty for 20 minutes with the usual show of grunting, but no joy.  She wanted her diaper.

I held my ground.  It was bedtime, and she could darn well go to bed with panties on.  No poo, no diaper.  And she’d only get one more potty trip that night.  I was dreading the flooded and poo-ed bed that I was sure would ensue, but I’d had enough.  And I was pretty tired, and perhaps not in the best frame of mind, if I was actually considering such an insane course of action.

Middle of the night, she woke me up.  She’d wet just a teensy bit, but made it to the potty for the rest.  No poo though, so still no diaper.  And in the morning, she woke up dry, and un-poopy.

So no more diapers for Zanna!  Hooray!  Now I’m just hoping she’ll do a poo in the potty and not in her pants while we’re out and about!

And if we can stick with Zanna making it to morning without wetting the bed for a couple of days, then I’m going to try Halle on no-diaper nighttimes, too!

Zanna’s Miraculous Poo

Our twins’ potty training has been coming along quite nicely since we put up the Potty Tots wall chart.

For the time being, though, we’ve left out our bathroom as a place to go potty, and have set up our travel potty outside it.  The rationale for doing so is because we want the girls to get used to going on their own, with no help from Mommy or Daddy.  And since they need to be supervised in the bathroom still, the travel potty is the way to go. (Pun not intended)

Halle’s been getting better at this, though she still shrieks and howls every night around 3am when she first wakes up for nature’s call.

Zanna, though, sleeps like a rock.  This is a problem because it’s A) Awfully hard to train someone who won’t pee at night, and B) Zanna refused to poop in the potty.

Zanna had decided that the perfect place to excrete was in diapers.  During the day, she would wear panties, but she’d hold in the poo until her nighttime diaper was on, then 10 minutes later, we’d have to swap it for a new one.

She would not do it on the potty.  Oh, she’d give a good show of grunting and mock straining, but nothing would come out.  Then as soon as the diaper would go on – whoosh!

So we started to make a big fuss over Halle doing everything in the potty like A BIG GIRL!!
And we emphasized that she was too big for ‘yucky poopy baby diapers’.

Zanna didn’t like that one bit.  Her solution?  She would no longer poop in the diapers.

Of course, she was not pooping in the potty either…

What would happen then, was that after she’d gone to sleep, she’d poop in her sleep, in the diapers.  Which meant that I had to wait a couple hours after she went to bed, to check if she’d done her business yet, and then try to change her in a semi-darkened room – NOT wake up her or her sister – and try to get all the muck off.

Sometimes I’d even have to change her sheets if it was a large payload and the diaper leaked.

Oh joy.  What fun.

So on Father’s Day, at a church BBQ while I was running the facepainting booth and my husband was looking after the kids, Zanna had an accident.

It was bad.

She had a massive loose poop explosion – and my husband had to clean her up!  On Father’s Day!  There should be a special merit badge for this.  Really.

Apparently, the whole experience was very embarrassing for Zanna, and quite unpleasant on an aesthetic level for her, as well.

The next day, nice as you please, Zanna plunked herself down on the potty and pooped.

She was so excited about this and shrieked for me to come and look.  I hurrahed, cheered, gave her high-fives, and let her play with a coveted toy that I’d stored on the shelf for just such an occasion.

She enjoyed the experience so much that the next day she did it again!  Halle was so impressed by her sister’s newfound pooping prowess, that she extemporaneously composed a musical ode to the poop and sang to it before we flushed it away.

Zanna is now riding high on her success, and was even able to keep her diaper dry through the night a couple times since then!

Pretty soon, we’ll be ready for the twins to dispense with the diapers altogether!

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