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Tales from the Potty

 Word of the Day: Pee

Potty training has arrived in our house. We’ve been dabbling in the concept for quite some time. We bought the girls little pots back when they were 18 months old and they instantly became part of their toy stash. Stuffed animals sat on them; they were carried around the house and used as castles. They make fine hats. We have been reading potty books of every kind for at least six months. Once they started watching TV, Elmo’s Potty Video was stuck into the machine weekly. When I asked them if they wanted to use the potty themselves, the answer was always “no.” Elmo, Ernie and a myriad of other famous friends used the pot, but not Lyra and Ripley. Lately, the girls have been putting their princess or Barbie dolls on the pot and saying “PEEEEE.” I have also been educating myself with adult potty training manuals. I know the checklist for when they’re “ready” to start. I know that “no pressure” is the key. The girls can go all morning without a diaper change. They are ready. Who knows how long it’s going to take – but no pressure!

Our main strategy is practice. The girls practice twice a day, morning and night. They can choose either the little potty or the big potty with the potty seat. And if they pee or poo – THEY GET A STICKER! My girls will basically do anything for a sticker – except pee or poo on the pot. I can’t believe that the sticker trick isn’t getting that pee flowing into pots on a daily basis. Each girl has had one clear success (not an accident swiftly moved onto the pot.) A few weeks ago, Lyra had a tremendous morning delivery on the small pot. We must have praised her too much because she hasn’t done it since with one of us. However, last Sunday when we were visiting my Dad, their God Aunty Catherine took them off for a jaunt. They returned 15 minutes later claiming that each had gone on the pot. Catherine confirmed. She had held them over the toilet and each had contributed a little something. We were thrilled. Stickers were awarded when we got home. The next morning, they sat and sat on their potty seat, and not a drop was had from either girl.
 

And so, the journey continues…

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Potty Time Advice

Dear Annie,

We are going through some of the same challenges. My daughter, Samantha, will be 3 years old in January. She is all involved in the potty process i.e. flushing, toilet paper, washing hands and will most of the time sit on the potty. She has actually pee peed and pooped once or twice but not since. I may have pushed her too much. Any suggestions? I am open. We just ordered Elmo Potty time video and doll. I hope they help.

Laura


Dear Laura,
 

Sounds like we’re in the same exact bathroom, so to speak. The girls will happily sit on their side-by-side potties and listen to stories, play dollies, sing songs, then stand up 20 minutes later and pee on the rug. I’ve been trying very hard not to push despite the fact Lyra has been having some bad diaper rash and it would be basically a non-issue if she was potty trained. So, I can only commiserate and share this one bit of wisdom from our Pediatrician.  “It will happen when they are ready.” Lately, we’ve been asking if they want to wear underwear or diapers in the morning.  Often they choose diapers. Ripley asked to wear underwear last night and I told her that means she needs to tell me if she needs to pee-pee. Next thing I know, she comes and says she needs a diaper and pulls me to the couch where she just had an accident. Sigh. Other tidbit: Pet carpet cleaner does the clean up job with paper towels nicely. 

 

-- Annie

More Tales from the Potty

Word of the day:  Perseverance

We are in the thick of it. The potty trenches. Every day. We have potty breaks every two hours depending on how much fluid has gone in, guessing when it should be making its way out. Our girls may be twins, but they’re on the opposite ends of the potty spectrum. Lyra knows when she has to go, but doesn’t want to use the potty, insisting she have a diaper. We oblige, backing off as the experts say, but are encouraging her slowly to sit on the potty to try and go with the diaper on. She is happy to be diaper free for practice sessions, but when it comes to the immediate need she wants that diaper.

More tales from the potty
Ripley, on the other hand, uses the pot often when we have placed her there. She’ll sit a long time with a book, playing with a doll or my cellphone. However, she still seems clueless about when she has to go and will have accidents willy-nilly, coming up to us saying, “my underpants are wet.” As far as telling us she actually has to go, well she just hasn’t the time yet, playing is too encompassing. We’ve introduced “training underpants” which can help them know they’re wet but makes accidents a little less wet for us on the floor. Still, we’re hoping for a breakthrough before we have to every rug in the house steam cleaned. So, it’s not easy with one girl actually withholding more than we’d like and the other being rather laissez-faire about it all. Our goal is to stay open and healthy, but it’s been the most difficult milestone so far, and it ain’t over. 

Any helpful stories you have to share? 

Tales From the Potty - Mail

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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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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