Potty training twins - Help and guidence.

Suzanne - posted on 01/16/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi All, my indentical twin girls are 2 years and 4 months and I have been trying to potty train for the last year. Had success on the 29th of Dec last year as Julia did a wee wee in the potty while visiting grandma and grandad. However nothing since. Have been trying.

It is very hard with the 2 of them, but keen to keep going as the weather here in Katoomba, NSW, Australia is warm and good for wearing just a nappy, so that is very good for potty training. Last year it was cold and currently we have had mostly wet weather so not ideal, but at least it is warm.

Just wanted to pick anyone's brain or experience with potty training twins and how they did it. The girls are just going through the motions like they have been for months now, wanting to sit on the potty and then they say, all done. Ask for the toliet paper, put it in the toliet and then want their hands washed. So I go along with it as you never know.

Also frightened of accidents and being out and about without access to a toliet.

So I think they have been ready for a while and wanting to do it, but not sure if it them stopping themselves or just me or the complexities of having 2 and a small house and bathroom. Plus a very cold year that stopped the process.

Any advice would be appreciated. I would like to have them potty trained before they are 3 as they need to be well on their way before then as this is when pre-school starts.

Hope all you lovely ladies are well.
Suzanne

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Treva - posted on 01/23/2011

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they are at a good age to learn! If you could stay at home with them for a few days, give them lots of liquids, and put them on the toilet every two hours, they will make a deposit! You may need to let them sit there until they do it :)
Once they do, make a huge deal out of it. Celebrate. Buy balloons and have a party. Call grandma to have her tell them congratulations. Everytime they put something in the potty, give them a sticker or an m&m or some kind of little reward. Make potty time fun by singing songs with them while they are on there or going over animal sounds or whatever.
Did you get a doll that pees in her own little potty? This helped my twin girls a lot to understand the concept. Also, I had a musical potty that played "Old MacDonald" whenever they made a deposit!

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The one thing I realized with twins and potty training is just like any other child...they will do it when they are ready. I had one that decided at 2 he was totally done with diapers, night and day trained at the same time and he was done. The other wasn't day trained until he was 3.5 and not night trained until 5.



They will do it when they are ready. I know that's the worst thing anyone wants to hear for potty training, but it applies for twins just as much as for singletons.

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Laura - posted on 01/25/2011

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I have twin boys that just turned 3. I wanted it done and I wanted it done fast. I downloaded this ebook from a website called 3daypottytraining.com. Totally worth it. The book is short, like a 30 min. read. It has some great step by step ideas. You do have to put everything aside for 3 days or a few more when training two, but it is so worth it to get it over with especially when dealing with two. My boys are doing great. One of them is totally trained even for night time. My other is good at night time too and has has a few accidents here and there, but mostly good. Check out the website. The ebook does cost like 24 dollars. You also get some fun charts and there is a help desk where you can ask the author questions and she will respond back within 24 hours. Good luck!

Treva - posted on 01/23/2011

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Of course, they have to WANT to be potty trained. When I told them they wouldn't be able to ride a school bus if they're wearing diapers, they wanted to be trained! Tell them whatever works. When I gave them a sticker every time, they wanted to pee in the potty in order to get a sticker. It's correct that you should never force them to sit there. When they want to sit there, that's when they're ready to learn. Make it fun and never act stressed about it. However you feel about things, at their age, that's how they're going to feel about it.

Kara - posted on 01/22/2011

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what helped my twin girls who are almost 4 go potty was they have an older cousin. They would follow her around and see how she goes potty. Also, there are books to read about potty time. I also used a potty chart that when they went pee pee or poopy I praised them soo much! They also received a sticker and that helped a lot! They still have accidents once in awhile but are really good now. I would say it took them a couple of months to be completely potty trained. hope this helps. :o)

Dayna - posted on 01/22/2011

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Thanks great Jeannine I also stopped and form of drinks by 6 and it worked well with my girls, I had a mate who forced her son to go potty and he was totally terrified of going toilet in the potty which resulted in him being a late starter but as I have learned they do try in there own time with a lot of encouragement they pick up on the potty faster I hate people who scream and curse when there child has a accident and that is all it is a accident like I said to my babies its ok keep up the good work.

Jeannine - posted on 01/22/2011

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I'd like to clarify what I was saying, and be more specific! When I say I waited until they were ready, I mean I didn't force them to sit on a potty on a schedule! Like every hour...... Or what ever is suggested now a days. After trying to force the first one to be potty trained, the second one I learned my lesson. I put her on the potty at 18 months, she wouldn't even sit on it, but I just left it in the livingroom. All this time i would take her with me, when i went and showed her how. She had a habit of taking off her diaper, at 19 months she did and went an sat on the potty on her own! That's when she was potty trained . So when it was time for the twins, when one of us went we would ask if they had to go potty. Then let them try. My oldest daughter which was around 10 actually potty trained one of the twins. He took a little long than the other twin but it was done so well that he never need a diaper or pull up, even through the night! That's what I really mean by letting you know when they are ready! Then they feel like it's something they want to do. So they can feel like everyone else. I did this also with my other two and had the same success. The twins helped the younger ones to be potty trained in the same manner, all when they were ready and no accidents. One did have trouble through the night but I solved that by eliminating liquids after 6:00 pm. Hope that helps!

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2011

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Hi Suzanne...
Well, I will go against the norm of what some say about "They will do it when they are ready". How does a child know unless you teach them...yes, when they get older they start to realize that others are going to the big potty. I would just tell you as what I experienced. I decided at 2 years 5 months to TRY and teach my children to go on the big kid potty and tried to show them and talk to them about what to do. Initially I tried the pull ups and after about a month of trying that I decided to try the completely loosing all diapers and pull ups during the day. The first day was a mess, I will not lie, but I was AMAZED that after the second day my son was doing EVERYTHING in the big kid potty and my daughter took about 5 days. They were never stressed about it because I never made them feel like it HAD to be done I just made them feel like it would be a great sense of accomplishment to do things like big kids do. All I can say is good luck and every kid is different but I feel as if there is nothing wrong with you showing your child how to become a big kid at what age you want to start working with them.

Jeannine - posted on 01/21/2011

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Ok! I have 6 kids 1 set of twins the first two kids I forced the issue of potty training and always ended in fustration! Now with the twins I allowed them to go on they're own time. One was trained first, I was worried about the second ! He was almost 3yrs, but he went once on the toilette and that was it!!!! He never had an accident, even at night!!! Totally trained, so with the rest of the kids that's what I did! I waited till they were ready, then I wasn't stress about. I never had trouble potty training the last two, once I stopped worrying about it.

Dayna - posted on 01/21/2011

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Some parents have it easy when potty training and others struggle which there is nothing wrong with that kids will do it in their own time, I was quite lucky with my girls as I was pregnant with my son I started potty training when they where 18 months old and to my surprise they took great to potty training it was a hard dont get me wrong but within 3 weeks they where pro's, they never needed nappies during the day and only one of my girls had night nappies until she was 2 and a half, they are now 9, my greatest potty training time was my son he was walking at 7 months, and to my surprise he started his own toilet training at 15 months as he said (I a big boy) like daddy. Good luck to all the parents out there going through this learning phase stick to it because it does pay off in the long run.

Valerie - posted on 01/21/2011

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Hello! I have to say I agree with the "they will do it when they are ready" statements.. my twin girls were late to potty train.. they both have high end ADD/ADHD as well.. which may have played a role and may not have, who knows.. but they didn't potty train until 3 1/2.. and wet the bed until age 6 1/2 (both of them). They were just not interested in potty training.. my son, who is 5 years older than them, potty trained at 2 yrs old and only took 3 days, the girls I tried to start at 2, and they didn't actually potty train until 3 1/2... I was concerned and worried, but thankfully their grandfather is a doctor and I would bring my concerns to him and he would look at me and say "have you ever seen someone wear a diaper to the prom?"- of course my answer was "no", then he said "and I doubt you ever will, so let them do it on their own terms when they feel ready otherwise it will just be an uphill battle for all of you".. So.. I took his advice, let them wear their pull-ups and one day, voila- they were using the potty like big girls! Good luck.. and don't stress yourself out too much about it.. they WILL potty train, just when they are ready! ;) Valerie~~

Heather - posted on 01/18/2011

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Our girls were the exact same way. It really helped one of them to just put her in regular underwear. She can't stand the pee running down her legs, and has made great progress ever since. We do use pull-ups when we are out of the house, but when we are home big girl undies are the way to go.

Ahlam - posted on 01/18/2011

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I started potty training my twin girls at 2 years and 2 months, it took a short while, because I feel they were old enough. You really need to stay concrete with training, this means at least for 2 weeks you should try to stay home all day everyday!! I swear that is the trick! Kids need that kind of consistency! GOOD LUCK!

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