Yesterday I posted about 1. Routine Charts, 2. Reward Systems (and how vital IMMEDIATE rewards have been to training the boys) and 3. Attitude. Today is about Accidents, Clean Up and how my twins are going four weeks in.
4. Accidents happen. Roo has been day trained for well over 4 months now. She still has the odd accident. It’s no stretch of the imagination to think that an 18-24 month old will also have accidents, even if you think they’ve “gotten” it. The best solution is to make the clean-up as easy and carefree as possible for YOU, so that you don’t let on that this is a massive inconvenience. Once again, as soon as that kid realises this is no fun for you, or thinks you are cross, the toilet will be a no-go zone for them. Who wants to do something they are going to get in trouble for?? Not me.
My clean-up system is as follows:
If the room is mostly clear of the daily debris, I get the child out of it’s own wee (or poo), grab a towel and throw it on the accident. I take the child to the toilet to reinforce that this is the office of all things toileting, and while I am there I fill up my mop and bucket with boiling hot water and floor cleaner. Said child is cleaned off, hands washed. I return to the disaster zone, pick up anything that needs picking up with flushable wipes, and mop the floor.
Then, once the kids are in bed for the afternoon I do a big mop of the toddler all-access areas of the house (the play room, the lounge room and the hallway).
If there is stuff all over the floor, I mop up the wee with the towel, grab my can of spray disinfectant and go on a germ killing spree until I have a chance to go and grab the mop.
I don’t have carpet, and only one rug, in all of these areas, so it does make clean up and accident time a lot less stress free.
Seeing as Fraser took to the loo so happily and clearly, I’ve been concentrating most on his toilet training this past week. He can now:
1) Tell me he needs to go to the toilet in his own way. Which involves much whiny and loud yelling of “yee-yee” and/or copious amounts of self-gropage.
2) Ask for his “lollol” as soon as he is finished weeing, and ask for his sticker as well.
3) If he does have an accident, he notifies me with crying, yelling and a look on his face that says: “Mum, this kid came along and wee’d on my feet! How gross is that!?” or by stamping in it in his own rendition of the Broadway hit, Stomp.
Oscar isn’t actually particularly fussed on going to the bathroom or the toilet, but he DOES love the one on one attention he gets in there, and I take the opportunity to sing him a song. If, after a round of Twinkle Little Star, Five Little Ducks (he likes this because there are ducks on his toilet seat) and Incy Wincy Spider, he still hasn’t give the toilet gods a urinal sacrifice, we wash our hands and leave, no harm done.
Both my boys have limited langauge skills. They can say Mum, Dad, Sis, Bra-ya (brother) Occar and Eassa (Oscar and Fraser), Di-di (drink) and Tacdar (tractor), and not a whole lot else. And within four weeks Fraser has learnt to communicate his need to go to the toilet, or alert me to the fact that he has already gone. I’d consider that a success!
My plan is to give Fraser another little while of intense training while Oscar gets around in a cloth nappy, and then to concentrate on Oscar. Hopefully, within the next two weeks I’ll have three day trained kids and begin night training Roo!
What are your toilet training tips? Would you ever consider toilet training twin 19 month olds? Wanna finish mine off for me…