potty training twin boys! Help!

Teresa - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have twin boys that turned two this month. They have been taking off their diapers when they get wet or stinky and they will tell me when they have gone stinky. I bought some underwear and they like to wear them but they will not sit on their potty chairs. They are scared of the big potty. So I bought them matching potty chairs and all they want to do with them is play with them. I need help! Thanks

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Jessica - posted on 06/18/2011

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My twin boys potty trained each other. Although I would like to take complete credit for it I cannot. I encouraged them to encourage each other and it helped so much, it wasn't long until I heard them in the bathroom clapping and yelling "good job go pee pee brother" Potty training and good teeth are my greatest accomplishment. The rest is a mess!

User - posted on 06/02/2009

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I have twin boys that are 4 1/2. My boys showed interest at 2 yrs old as well, however I intentionally tried not to be fooled by the seemingly early potty development...boy was that a good idea! I'd say my boys weren't "really" ready until after they turned 3. We took a very relaxed approach from the beginning...in hopes to not create mommy/daddy frustration and anxiety for the boys. It seemed to work, they sat on the little potty when they wanted to, no pressure. The turning point was the summer they turned 3, we let them run around outside in just shorts, no diaper and encouraged them to pee behind the tree in our backyard if they had to go. (they usually waited until the VERY last minute to notice they had to go, so the tree was the closest place to go!). This was fun for them so they started to try to make themselves go and eventually they figured out what it felt like to have a full bladder. It didn't take long and they were both day trained. One of my son's had more trouble at night so he wore a pullup for awhile longer. They are both now trained both night and day. My only advice is don't rush it - the only outcome you'll get for sure is your own frustration. They will do it when they are ready. Good luck!!

Shirley - posted on 06/01/2009

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I never wasted a penny on the potty chairs... i just put them up on the big boy potty because they wanted to be like their dad... and poop in the potty..lol It worked but it took ALOT of consistancy and after a few weeks they knew what to do.. and during the day i made them wear their favorite character underwear and then at night a pull up for a while.

Georgette - posted on 05/29/2009

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I have identical twin grandsons that are 7 and they and their mother lived with us when they were smaller. Potty training came later they really were not ready to potty train until they were over 3 and not completely trained until probably 3 and 1/2. As with everyone else we tried everything...their own potty chairs, the big potty, stickers and different rewards...they just arent going to train unless they are ready...dont push it if they arent willing because it just upsets you. try it ,if they are not ready wait a while longer...they will get there eventually

Trish - posted on 05/27/2009

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My twin boys did the same, they showed an interest early on, but they weren't as ready as I had hoped! I would lay off the training for a little while, they are still pretty young. If they still show an interest, you can always re-introduce it. But all I remember was my frustration....I would have one sitting on the potty and the other one would be over peeing on himself. LOL They will be ready soon enough.

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I started training my twins at 23 months. Luke was more into it than Tyler, who has been about 2-3 months behind Luke on lots of things due to a heart surgery and recovery. By 2 1/2 Luke decided he was done wearing diapers and very quickly trained day and night. Tyler took until just about 3 years old to finish off day and night.

We started out the same way as we did with our oldest child. Put the potty in the bathroom and let them get used to sitting on it fully clothed, then moved to diapers, then naked. Encouraged them to use the potty at home and when we went out - even if they didn't pee - at least they tried so they wouldn't be afraid to only potty at home. Gradually they started using the little potty more and the rest is history.

for the big potty - they do make potty seats that go on them. Not sure if that would help as I'm not sure why they are afraid (too big, too noisy.....). Good luck.

Andrea - posted on 05/27/2009

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Hi Teresa,

I have twin boys they just turned 3. I started with potty training when they were 2. Big mistake. They definatly weren't ready. I have tried everything, spending the day naked, m&m's as rewards (they just got the chair and climbed up and got the whole bag and ate them all), showed then they could make bubbles with their pee or shoot at cheerios both of which they just wanted to put their hands in the pee when they got done. As of right now 1 is fairly well trained during the day as long as he's not extremely distracted. The other is NOT, he can tell me where he needs to go pee and poo but he doesn't go do it. I have a 7 month old so its hard to run them both in the bathroom every 30 minutes. Plus, I need my sanity. All I can say is Good Luck!

Melanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I am a grandmother of two twin baby girls. (now 27 months) My daughter has now had a new baby 6 weeks old. They are all in cloth diapers. She has had no luck either. I have suggested she strap them to the potty chair infront of the TV with some cheerios. When she was little it worked. She went without knowing it and I made a big to-do about it and she trained fairly easy. NOW my boys that was a different story. Sorry, to say they just trained when they finally wanted to. I wasn't much help but thought you might find that in most cases twins or not the boys just are harder to train. Melanie

Karen - posted on 05/26/2009

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We started at age 2 with our twin boys also. We got them potty chairs as well. We sat them on the chairs every 15 minutes for 5 minutes at a time. They got to watch t.v. during that time, and no other time during the day. We also gave them tiny cups of water to drink. We started getting results right away with this method. I also went to the dollar store and bought about $20 worth of reward toys. After about two weeks, my guys were going on the potty all the time. We also started spacing the time out on the potty from 15 minutes to 20 minutes, etc. and eventually we were putting the boys on the potty every hour. We also let them pick out their big boy underpants, and let them run around in just those. That way they could tell when they were wet, and had an accident. Eventually, they started watching my husband go to the bathroom and they got the hang of getting on the big toilet. We bought an adapter seat that fits right on top of the toilet and we bought them a step stool so it would be difficult for them to use the toilet. (They still use the seat to this day and won't stand up to pee.) I threw Cheerios into the toilet and told the boys to sink them and they got a huge kick out of that. When they went pee, we gave them stickers. I didn't do a sticker chart, but let the boys wear them proudly on their shirts. They would go around showing everyone their hard earned stickers! Eventually going poop on the potty happened, but not for a long time. We read "Everyone Poops" at least a dozen times a day before they got the idea of going poop on the potty. When they finally started doing that we gave them temporary tattoos, and they got to call their grandparents to boast about their accomplishments since both of their grandparents live in different states from where we are. My boys will be 4 next month and I have one totally potty trained now, even night time trained. My other boy is being a tad bit more difficult for when it comes to the night time training, but otherwise he has it down pat too. They don't even have to tell us when they have to go anymore. They just run to the bathroom and pull down their shorts and hop on the potty. They usually tell us when they're finished though. Another thing I thought was helpful was training during the summer so that they could run around in just underpants without being cold during the day. Then eventually wearing shorts with just elastic so that they can pull them down easily. In fact, we still wear the all elastic pants because my boys get flustered easily with snaps and zippers. Good luck and they'll figure it out and wake up potty trained one day to your surprise!

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