How to potty train triplet boys....all at the sametime or seperate?

Jessee - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My little men are 2 1/2 and 2 of them really want to use the potty. I think it's great but my husband complains because he feels like we spend more time in the bathroom than anywhere else.

Thoughts or ideas on how to make this easier?

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Sarah - posted on 02/06/2010

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I am a nanny caring for my 2nd set of triplets. My "little" triplets are 4 onths old and my "big" triplets are 3 and have started pre school. I found that if we treated the kids as individuals and didn't force one to potty train, eat, wake up etc just to be on the same page as the other 2 things went much smoother. With my "big" triplets 2 were ready and 1 was not so we went with it. The 2 that were ready were potty trained in a week and the 1 who was not ready, we waited until he was and he was also potty trained within a week. We did NOT use pull ups except for naps and long car trips and we also let them run around naked which in my opinion helped them. For some reason I've found that if kids are allowed to run naked, they sense when they need to go better.

Leeana - posted on 01/14/2010

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I have GBB triplets...the first time we tried to train them was at 18 months....we went through 21 pairs of underpants in the first 30minutes! We tried again at 2 and they were a little more aware of what was happening this time, but we still used a lot pairs of undies. When they are 2 and a half we decided that we were going to do the full on potty training thing. We told them that they were big kids now and that they didn't need nappies anymore. We took the change table out of their room and started training. The first two days we sat them on the potty every 15 minutes with a bowl of water to play with. The got 1 M&M and a sticker on their chart for a wee and two M&M's for a poo. After a couple of days we started to leave it every 30 minutes - 45 minutes. We then changed it to every hour and then to every two hours. For rest times they had "bed-time undies" which were just pull-ups. We started this in January 2009. By April, our girl was totally out of nappies all the time, and the boys were totally out of nappies by September. The boys will still have the occasional accident, especially when they get too busy playing and forget to go to the toilet or not leave themselves enough time to get there!
It does feel like you spend all day in the toilet to start with, I would sometimes even sit them on the potty infront of the tv, especially if I knew they were due to do a number 2....would help them to sit longer with the distraction of the tv! Even though it does feel like a very time consuming exercise to start with, just think of how wonderful it will be when you can finally say your triplets are totally nappy free!!! Good luck!

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Yes, I had them wear underwear. We only did the pull-ups at night time and when we went away. They weren't stupid, they realize that the pull-ups were just like a diaper! Hang in there, it will happen and you will feel so proud when it does!

Jessee - posted on 01/13/2010

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Thank you so much for the advice! I can't wait for the day when we are done with diapers! I have one little guy who will stay dry already for the most part, but the propblem i am running into is he would rather run naked then wear underwear. At daycare this is not really an option. did your boys wear underwear?

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have two boys and a girl! I feel your pain. We did them all at once. They were about three when they were completely trained. We rewarded them with one M&M when they went potty and 2 for number 2! Then we would give them goals that if they stayed dry all morning then they would get a bigger surprise ( a ride with Dad on the 4wheeler) and when they stayed dry all day - we would give them a bigger surprise! The surprises are up to you, we also rewarded them when they would let us know if they had to go! They are now 5 and it is a huge relief to say "NO MORE DIAPERS"!! I hope this helps, good luck!! Amy

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