Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Need Your Opinion!

Potty training boys is sure a challenge. Potty training Emma was a cinch, we started her early and did not push it, she was potty trained at two and a half. It would have been sooner, but we were just finishing it all when I went to the hospital, in pre-term labor with the boys, so we fell off track for a while. I thought it would be pretty easy with the boys, too, just plunk 'em on the potty every so often, let 'em go if they wanted, and having both of them do it at the same time would encourage them to go. Keep it low key, and have them potty trained before we go broke buying diapers for three kids at the same time. Well, that might be unrealistic, we'll be broke before the new baby comes home. OK, fine, we're broke now, but I'll save that for a later post.

Naively, I really thought that the little raised edge on the front of the potty seat was there to catch any wayward pee that might shoot up when boys were going. Now, I know that it serves no purpose whatsoever, since when the boys start to go, they get the giggles and their little tummys contract which pulls everything up and it's fire hose time. I am still shocked how far little boys can pee, and how a small bathroom is worse since the spray hits cabinets and bounces off and goes all different directions. I'm thinking of installing a drain in the middle of my bathroom floor so I can just hose the whole place down every day and call it good. I'm pretty sure my bathroom scale has started to show the effects of being peed on so often. That must be it, there's no way my nightly bag of extra-butter microwave popcorn is the culprit in why I am not following the guidelines for healthy weight gain in pregnancy, right? Yup, gotta be the scale.

Something that was brought up to me, if urine is sterile, do I really need to disinfect every time? Or can I just wipe it up with a wet cloth and call it good? A little part of my brain says that if it is scientifically proven to be sterile, all I would need is a damp rag, but the whole rest of my body says to disinfect the whole place after every pee episode. What is your opinion?

4 comments:

Kristl said...

Hi Tiff....
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I learned in my Anatomy&Physiology classes that urine is indeed sterile.... to the person who produced it. But, I'm positive that because YOU indeed produced said urine-producers, you're in the clear.

Hope this helps.

-Kristl

The Campbell Family said...

I have to vote for cleaning, sorry :( Regardless of the sterile 'dilema', it's going to stink after awhile...

Love my babes said...

Clorox wipes are a God send. I have them in almost every room. The sprinkler hoses boys posess are relentless I am afraid. I like your hosing down the entire bathroom concept w/a drain. YOu are very good to be tackling this while pregnant. Best of luck!

Erin said...

Remember, we have a stand-up boy potty for you if you want it... I could bring it tomorrow!