Potty Training. Ugh. Those 2 words just make my heart sink a little.
As you may know, the twins have had absolutely no interest in using the potty…until very, very recently! It’s a bit of an exciting development, and I don’t want to jinx anything, but Big C actually made a poopy on the potty.
Yes. It was only one time. And yes. He hasn’t done it since. But still. Hooray!
So, even though they may not be totally ready, I’m going to get prepared for the day when they are.
First things first. I need to get all the supplies to entice the twins to want to go on the potty.
The most important thing…The Potty, of course. I went over to Amazon and purchased 2 Thomas the Train Potty Chairs. Not only do they look like that silly blue engine, but they also play the Thomas theme song when you make a pee pee…or when you press the button underneath, which the twins have already figured out.
PoGO Potty Panda
Next, PoGO Potty Panda. What is PoGO Potty Panda, you ask?
I had a company contact me about trying their new potty training system. Since I need all the help I can get, I, of course, said yes. Also, the system was developed and inspired by Dr. Maria Darcy, a licensed psychologist, and her potty training experience with her children…who are TWINS! Perfect for us.
We received 2 systems, which each had a stuffed animal (PoGO Panda,) a book (PoGO Potty Panda Book,) and 2 sets of stickers for each. From their website:
All three were designed to be incorporated into a comprehensive potty training approach, “Positive Potty Training,” that Dr. Maria utilized successfully with her own children. Positive Potty Training centers around the principle of positive reinforcement aimed at fostering a child’s self-esteem and self-efficacy. Positive Potty Training is also designed to minimize the occurrence of power struggles in the potty training experience.
The boys were super excited about their Pandas. They pressed each button, listened to what he said, and hugged him a lot. They also insisted their stickers be put on their potty chairs, so we put one set on each, and will save the others for when they are ready to use the potty.
The stuffed animal is really cute and cuddly, plus they loved listening to him talk. Big C thought it was pretty funny that he said poo.
We then had PoGO try out the potty chairs too. He seemed to approve of Thomas.
Next, we read through the book a couple of times. I love that the pages are nice and strong, with bright colors and adorable illustrations. It was a cute story that reinforced the phrases that the Panda says.
I also have plenty of underwear (Thomas the Train, of course,) Pull-ups for night, and wipes. I have fun, purple soap, a stool to reach the sink, and a Thomas towel to dry hands.
As soon as the boys give me the go-ahead, or when we run out of diapers, the fun will begin.
Since I’m not going to force the boys to use the potty before they are ready, we’re just going to keep getting used to the idea, get excited about using the potty, then find a couple days when we can devote the whole time to training. I’ll be sharing a follow-up in a few weeks.
The PoGO Potty website has a ton of great tips for how to tell if your child is ready, and how to start the process when you are. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit their site www.pogopottypanda.com, and check them out on Facebook or Pinterest. You can also win your own potty training system by just clicking right HERE.
Have you been successful with potty training your little ones? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?