I spend so much on diapers and wipes that I have opted to start teaching the triplets how to use a potty. People say I should wait till when they are around 18 months to 2 years or when they can talk back and start having their own opinions but I want to start right now (they celebrate their 1st birthday next month, October). As they begin to imitate me, every morning and evening I put all three on their potties and sit down next to them whistling to get them used to a potty and hopefully have a go, with time I believe they will start associating bowel movements and urinating with the potty. This has not been easy and it makes our morning and evening routine longer than usual but I realize it is a sacrifice we need to make.
According to babycentre.com, there are physical, behavioural and cognitive signs one should look out for to know if one child is ready to be potty trained:Physical signs
- Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.
- Urinates a fair amount at one time.
- Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.
- Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
- Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.
- Can pull his pants up and down.
- Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.
- Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).
- Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.
- Demonstrates a desire for independence.
- Takes pride in his accomplishments.
- Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.
- Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.
- Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.
- Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."
- Understands the value of putting things where they belong.
- Has words for urine and stool.
I must say none of my three is 100% there yet but we are determined to give this a go and see how things pan out. What I have noticed is that they are very adaptable and tend to go with wherever we steer them. They have eaten every single food I have introduced to them without any fuss, they sleep wherever they find themselves; their crib, bed, on the floor, anything goes with these three. They are easy children and I thank God for this. While potty training may be a different ball game altogether, I believe they will get the message and adapt easily. In a couple of months, I intend going entirely cold turkey potty training them. Would stop the diaper totally and start putting them on the potty every 30 minutes to one hour; I will brace myself over a weekend and just get this done. No diaper, just a lot of potty sitting, every now and again throughout the day and night. Will definitely need to get more hands to achieve this. I expect all my three to conform and will introduce gifts. I’m told with luck, by the end of the weekend they should be good, safe for few accidents. They tend to compete with each other so this should be fun.
So far, the boys seem to be getting used to the potty, eventually, something comes out but this tends to take forever, over the 15 minutes mark I set. Since this is the morning and evening routine and they still have their diaper on for the rest of the day, I am glad that they at least are beginning to understand the game. By the time we go diaperless; I believe they would have gotten a hang of things better.
My little girl thinks sitting on a potty means just peeing, she has refused to do the other one since we started a couple of days ago. Wondering how else to whistle to get her to move her bowels. The most has been the occasional pee, unlike the boys. From my research, I understand girls are usually faster than boys and she may catch up and even overtake the boys once she eventually understands what we are trying to achieve, I wait patiently for this. And since she is the most uncomfortable once her diaper is wet, I expect her to overtake the boys soon or later. Will keep working to see how things go for another couple of weeks. *Huh*