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Dear Annie and Marty, 

Like your family, we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Lke one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

Dear Sommer:

Thanks for writing about your potty training journey. Yes, we have had some success. For the past month, Lyra has been in underwear and is almost primarily using the potty (the occasional bathtub or shower will bring on a pee).   She sometimes asks for a pull-up at night, which she doesn’t need since she has bladder control we can all envy.   Still, we give her one whenever she wants. Occasionally, she’ll want a pull-up in the day, but rarely uses it. She loves to choose her own underpants out and I promised to try and find her “horsey” underwear online.

On the other hand, Ripley still needs a pull-up in general. Although she pees on the pot every morning and will go if she needs to on pots around town (their favorite is the mall since it’s tiny sized for them), she still doesn’t tell us if she needs to go and will have accidents anywhere. She also is still unwilling to poo on the pot. We’ve got bribery set-up (a Rapunzel doll), which she knows she gets when she finally does a poo in the toilet. She has at times let on that she’s scared to do it, and I also think that physically it’s something that still comes on her very suddenly and just wants to be safe with her pull-up. Since she only just turned 3, we aren’t pushing her at all yet. If she’s going number 2, she really gets upset if you suggest moving her to the pot and will say she wants “privacy.” She’s usually the leader in most things, so the fact that Lyra wears underwear all day long doesn’t seem to make her want to copy her.

Yes, many pre-schools want the kids potty trained before they attend. We’re very lucky that the “play school” we send them to once a week doesn’t require it, nor does their pre-school in the fall, although I hope Ripley has made the transition by then!

I know some people discourage the bribes, but I see it as a way of life for a while yet. In fact, we have a pee-prize box, and a poo-poo prize box. The pee prizes are stickers and M&M’s, the poo-prizes are a little bit more substantial, plastic toys and dolls and dolly clothes. The Rapunzel doll is a bigger carrot that I hope will eventually prompt Ripley to be brave. She asks about it all the time so I know she’s thinking about the whole process.

Good luck! It’s really something that I have found very stressful, although I’m TRYING my best to keep cheery and positive about it in front of the girls and I’m relieved we’re more than halfway there!   

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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