With each passing day, I find myself trying to solve some new challenge with raising four toddlers, aka “quaddlers”. They are a cunning lot who inspires a little ingenuity on my part (and George’s) just to manage day to day life. While my ideas are born from being surrounded by four toddlers, I think many of them could be helpful to any parents of little ones so I’m sharing.
Last week, I shared my tip for holding off the pee pee flood gates in the bath tub. Several of you noticed our huge bathtub mat in the picture I posted. Which brings me to another tip. When the babies transitioned from bath seats to sitting independently, it became apparent that the tub floor was too slippery for them. I picked up a bath mat at Target, but was dismayed when it would not stick to the texture on our bathtub floor. I tried putting a bath towel down, but it floated up and made a huge mess for me to contend with.
That’s when the idea struck, I simply turned the mat we had so it stuck on the sides of the bath tub rather than the floor. It worked perfectly! However, it did not cover near enough real estate for multiple babies in the bath tub. I picked up a second mat and now they are flush against each other, creating a large area.
Anna, from All Bad Things Must End, shared her favorite toddler bath tip and I gave it a whirl. While the bath water was running, I attempted to sit the babies on the toilet (individually of course) without a diaper to encourage them to urinate on the toilet. It didn’t go so well. Rylin had a major meltdown complete with back arching and wailing. The other three sat a little more willingly, but no action. I’m not throwing in the towel on this one yet. I will revisit this idea in a few months because I think it’s a brilliant way to begin the concept of toilet training. I will also try it with a toddler seat, I think the seat would make a huge difference, but I just don’t have one yet. Thank you for sharing, Anna!
What is your favorite toddler tip?
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Good idea on the bath mats, we have the same issue sometimes with one of ours!
Thank you! Just pick up a second mat and your problem is solved =)
To train your boys, when the time comes, I found that cheerios, etc. never worked for my son. But, I would pour a little soap in the toilet, and my son LOVED to “make” bubbles when he went to the bathroom. I tried everything, and this is what finally did it with him.
Lol! That’s a great idea. My mom taught preschool for years and swore by the Cheerios thing, but soap is brilliant!
I refuse to Potty Train my youngest based on my experience with my other children (I finally realized with each of them that no amount of training was going to work…they had to make a choice), but I might try the suggestion Anna has given above. It’s simple, and I would h
ave no expectations!
LOL! True story. Your youngest may take to Anna’s tip. Also, another reader suggested putting a bit of soap in the toilet (for boys) so they can “make bubbles”. I thought that was a good one too.
I’m so glad you liked my tip! Sorry it didn’t go so well. Ha! Every kid is so different. Maybe it will work out a little better in the future.
It’s a great tip! It could even work with some of our kids and not others. We are definitely revisiting!