Saturday, May 31, 2008

An Update on Potty Training Twin Boys

I have made a few unsuccessful attempts at potty training the boys since my last posts on the subject (see here, here and here) Honestly, I had pretty much given up on the whole potty training thing, and then it happened...

I was getting the boys dressed one morning and, I asked Twin 1, "Do you want to wear a diaper or undies?" (a half-hearted question to somewhat convince myself that I was still attempting to potty-train) To my great surprise he chose undies. And, to my even greater surprise he actually asked to use the potty throughout the day!

He even made comments like, "I like to go pee in the potty mom." and "Going pee in the potty is fun mom."

This is the same child that days (maybe even hours) before would say things like "I go pee in the potty, NOT mom."

Even more surprising, he continues to ask to go potty. I'm not sure what happened, but the thought of having only one child in diapers is thrilling!

Part of the continued motivation could possibly be the bag of starbursts I have in the cupboard. Although, the starbursts were not around when he first made the surprising choice to wear undies. The first time he used the potty that day, he asked for a treat. At that time the only thing in the cupboard was a half eaten chocolate bunny from Easter, so I tore off a piece and gave it to him. Strangely, it seemed to be as motivating as the starbursts (but a half eaten chocolate bunny can only last so long).

As for Twin 2, he sees Twin 1 getting treats, wants the treats, sits on the potty to get the treats, goes as little as possible to attain the treats and still prefers diapers at this point. Hey, at least we are making progress!


sarah.flyingkites said...

hey, looks like you're moving in the right direction! yay!

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Oh yes, I remember the potty training days!

I offered m & m's and they worked like a charm.

I love bribery if it means no more diapers!!!

Can't wait to see you at She Speaks in just 3 weeks!!!

Renata said...

I stumbled onto your blog through Jill Savage's. I also have identical boys - who are just turned 2, so we have all of the potty training ahead of us! Any tips????!!!
Renata :)