“Do you have to go potty?”
This phrase has been said quite a bit recently in my household. Currently, we have two children in diapers/pull-ups. We may have got a late start in trying to potty-train the three year-old, so we are attempting to start in with the two-year old at the same time.
I think what we’re really hoping and crossing our fingers for, is that one of them will finally “get it,” and the other will follow her sister’s lead.
It’s been a long time since I’ve helped potty-train my oldest two daughters, so I’m a little out of practice on this. I heard that you can throw a cheerio (basically a target) in the toilet for a boy to aim at. Most females that I know, however, have been trained to go #1 and #2 sitting down. Sitting down on the toilet doesn’t give them much of a visual target to aim at. I’m not sure of any other tricks to try besides moving the tub directly next to the toilet, filling it with warm water, and dunking their hand into it (all the while, having a waterfall track playing in the background).
We’ve tried different methods, but none seem to be working yet. We have tried the whole “go without a diaper and let her pee in her big-girl panties.” We’ve tried the whole “sit there until we both fall asleep method.” We’ve tried to sit next to them and show them all the right faces to make as they strain to get it out. We’ve given them books to read. We’ve sang songs.
Another thing we have done a bunch of is “Do you have to go potty? What about now? Well, let’s just try. Well, let’s just try again. You sure? Now? Please?”
We’ve come to realize that our children are very determined to drive us crazy. They are extremely stubborn. My wife and I know this phase will pass, soon they will be officially “potty-trained,” and a couple of years down the road we may even laugh about it. However, daddy is just about sick of buying diapers—I don’t care how stubborn they are.
In the meantime, I may just have to break down and buy a swimming pool. Kids love peeing in pools…