I’d planned on blogging our progress on potty training as it unfolded, but by the end of the day I’ve been completely “wiped out”. Teaching 4 BOYS to use the potty has been no small task. This transition has tested our patience and worn us out in a way that we haven’t experienced since the newborn stage.
All that considered we’re over a week in now and making really great progress. #1 is Done! And #2 is getting there…(naps and 1st thing in the morning are the only thing keeping us from getting it completely).
I know there are a lot of you who have toddlers approaching the potty training stage and might be looking for the perfect plan to conquer this milestone. I wish I had more to offer. I looked to my quad mama friend, Gen, LOTS, as someone who has been through this with four already (3 girls and 1 boy). However, just as no two kids are alike, neither are 2 sets of quads. It sounds cliché, but every child truly is different and there’s not a magic formula for any child, unfortunately.
However, I’m all about sharing our own personal experience and offering what has worked/failed for us. The greatest thing I’ve learned so far, is ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. Stress, impatience, frustration are all extremely contagious to your entire family. Likewise a positive attitude can have a huge impact on your progress. Celebrate every little success. Jump up and Down. Sing a Song. Scream and Yell. Do the Potty Dance. Make an absolute fool out of yourself. (See video>) I think encouragement holds more motivational power than any tricket, sticker, or piece of candy.
Here’s how it’s all went down so far:
A few days before we went all out on Booty Camp ‘10, we got the potty chairs out. Talked up the “big boy” theory. Had them try first thing in the morning and before bed, and other times if they showed interest. They were able to pick out their own underwear at the store.
Goodbye to Diapers during the day. They wore underwear around the house all day. If they had 2 accidents they had to go back to diapers until they kept them dry for a stretch of time. We hunkered down, watched a couple of movies (including Elmo’s Potty Time) and everyone tried to use the potty every 20-30 minutes. Talk about an exhausting day! We introduced M&Ms; or Starburst Jelly Beans for successful attempts along with noisy exaggerated celebrations. We made it to 11:30 am without an accident. There were a handful of messes throughout the day, but we were encouraged to get started and have some success on the first day.
Here’s some of the video footage (non-graphic) from our first day of “Booty Camp”:
That’s about all the “potty talk” I have in me for the day…
Thanks for your encouragement, prayers, and well wishes during this major milestone!