When do I start potty training my twin girls?

Nicole - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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When can I start potty training my twin girls? Their a

1 1/2 still not using too many words. And only one of them is walking?

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Tonya - posted on 05/12/2010

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I introduced the potty once my twin boys showed signs of readiness. (able to follow two step directions, awareness of wet or poopy diapers, etc...) I read two books; All Aboard the Potty Train and Potty Train in a Day. Both were very helpful. At 17 months I set out the potties in the bathroom and the boys began watching the All Aboard the Potty Train dvd which uses sign language to help kids communicate their potty needs (really helpful for non verbal kids). Once they turned 2, I locked the three of us in the bathroom for "a day" (it really took four total). We read books, demonstrated the potty how to with a doll, played games and they sat on the potty a lot! It worked - four days later we were successfully diaper free during waking hours. My kids are now 3.5 and still talk about that Potty Train dvd. They loved the song that went with it. In the end, you know your kids and what they're ready for. My only advice is to capitalize on the age where they want to please you. If you wait too long it could be a bigger battle than necessary.

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Vicky - posted on 05/24/2010

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THEY WILL START THERE POTTY TRAINING WHEN THEY ARE READY. DONT FORCE THEM TO DO IT. I STARTED MY KIDS'S TRAINING AFTER THERE 2ND WINTER. IT WORKS LIKE A BOMB. YOU MUST TAKE THEM WITH YOU TO THE TOILET. I WAS LUCKY WITH RIANETTE, SHE JUST CAME TO ME ONE DAY AND SAID SHE WANTS TO WEE IN THE TOILET. SHE SAW WHAT HER SISTER SIMONe WAS DOING. DONT WORRY IF THEY TAKE TO LONG. IT WILL COME. GOOD LUCK!

Nete - posted on 05/22/2010

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I got the potty's left them on a low shelf for later, meanwhile I was reading them a cute book about ''potty bear'' and one day after bath time they marched over got the potty's out on their own and began using them, this was at 19 month, I never forced the issue ... they are now 2, usually they use the potty in the morning and at night, but still use the diapers during playtime ..I ask if they want the diaper or the potty out and they point to what they want ... and are very good at telling me if they need to be changed ... figured the rest will come on its own, no pressure ... obviously I always tell them how clever they are for using the potty... but really I think it might all be an avenue for them to get to play with the water in the sink ...lol,

Jennie - posted on 05/22/2010

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I have twin girls turning 5 next month. From the moment they were born, the idea of potty raining terrified me! I waited until they were nearly three to even start! I know that's a bit late, but the upside was...one was trained in about a day and the other in about a week. Good luck!!

Melody - posted on 05/21/2010

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I read the book potty training in one day. I swear by it. I potty trained right before my girls turned two.

Jillian - posted on 05/21/2010

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I have 19 month old twin girls and I am contemplating to start the training but have decided not to force it. My one daughter will come and tell me when she has poed but she isn't exactly consistant. I think I will just let them try the potty's out and if they do something I will praise them. My mom told me that they will probably tell me when they are ready and she is probably right!

Lynn - posted on 05/21/2010

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Vanessa is right! Every child is different. You need to be tuned into their signals and just don't sweat it!
My sister always says, "If they aren't potty trained by the time they get married, their spouse can do it!" Kinda' brings it into perspective!

Vanessa - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hi, I have twins, a boy and girl. My daughter was trained by the time she was about 14 months old (only because she didn't like wet pants) but my son was about 4 1/2 before he was fully trained. He just wasn't interested in the toilet or potty no matter how much I tried. So....sometimes it depends on the individual....and it wont matter how much time you spend trying to toilet train. Yet on the other hand, other are easier to train and maybe trained really quickly. So I think it really depends on you having the time and on the girls developmental stage. I hope this helps. Good luck :)

Ashleigh - posted on 05/20/2010

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I have 2 sets of twins, the first set are 5 y/o b/g. We had fun trying to potty train them. My daughter trained a lot faster then my son did. She would go w/o hesitation and my son would just freeze up and incidently have an accident, which he still has occasionally now. We didn't rush them and let them get used to the potty in the bathroom. Then we had to get a toilet seat because they ultimately refused to use the potty's.
My other set are 2y/s and this summer they will be getting potty trained as they kinda need to be trained before they turn 4. Right now they not interested in the potty but in using the big toilet standing on a step like their big brother ( really cute to see) I'm waiting for them to tell me when they are ready. Because we planning on going camping and really don't want to be carrying diapers.

Kristy - posted on 05/20/2010

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hi there i have boy girl twins, almost 3 and ive just started a few months ago,my lil girl has been going very well. but my lil man seems uninterested, my mums past on (rip) and her mother daughter 2 me was u will know when theyre ready eg- grabbing at their nappy n stuff every mum is diff when they decide 2 start on the potty my 8yo daughter has helped my lil girl twin by takin her 2 the "big girls loo" n explaining to her its important n i think thats helped but i am thinking myself its gonna be a LONG road ahead and a tiring one but well worth the reward, best of luck, and heaps of love, Kristy xxxx

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I am a mum of twin girls and like routine in my life but with all these milestone events I let them make the play...you will know when they are ready...they will show interest in the toilet as they will have watched you and daddy and want to do the same. I also found that as they were older they "got it"quickly as their level of understanding was better.
I was not stressed by having to take them all the time...and with 2 you would spend all your day in the bathroom with them....it will happen!! Hope this helps.

Kathleen - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi Nicole, My twins are turning 3 on Saturday. They are struggling a bit with the potty training. At night they still sleep with a diaper but during the day they wear panties. I have to take them to the toilet they now and then tell me they want to go but if I don't take them then there are usually accidents. According to book, pshycologists and other moms I have chatted to say there is no rush you can take your time right up until they are 4 years old. They sleep with a diaper at night because it's winter here in South Africa and then in summer will I concentrate on the night sleep. My friend's child started when she was 18 months old and only just turned 10 has stopped wetting the bed. So I believe don't rush them, good things come to those who wait... Good luck !!

Lynn - posted on 05/19/2010

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When my boys were able to sit up, I would set them on the potty a couple of time a day when I was changing their diapers. (mostly the messy ones). I would talk about what the potty is and what they were to do in it. They would only sit for about a minute each time. Before they were 2 years old, they began to make the association. Eventually they each came to me when they felt a BM and used a word that I had inadvertently said to them, (each a different word/signal), when I changed them. It was pretty funny when I figured out what they were saying, but they wanted to go potty! They were both trained by the age of two.

Rhonda - posted on 05/19/2010

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i started my twin girls at 2 and wished i had waited until later it was really hard they are almost 3 now and still not potty trained so im just kinda waiting until they are more ready

Shirley - posted on 05/19/2010

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Don't rush it - it will come. It will help if they can speak or sign that they need to potty.

One of my girls all of a sudden wanted to go Pee Pee @ 22 or 23 months (they started a preschool @ 20 months). Her teachers were amazed that she did it so well right away. She doesn't do as well at home. Even when you offer to go to the potty, sometimes she says "NO!" and refuses to even sit on it.

Her sister wanted to sit on the potty, but nothing happened. Then, eventually, she was successful, so we started her on big girl panties at school @ her 2nd birthday. She still has lots of messes at school, but she is slightly better with us at home. We use real panties at school, and then pull-ups at night (and when we are going to travel).

I've also heard some times kids have relapses even after they have been so successful.

We've had potties for quite some time now - so they are used to them. They see us go potty - so they know the idea. Sometimes, the hard part is managing two of them when their potties are in different places. It also slows you down when shopping (if they need to go) and you need to carry extra clothes with you (if using real panties).

We have not used any incentives besides clapping and being really happy.

The bad thing about them training at the same time is that you will need so many panties at one time! If they train separately, then they can share.

Our potties are also travel types as well - where we can use bags and just toss the bag (instead of worrying about the dirty bucket).

Teresa - posted on 05/18/2010

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i have twin girls that are 9 years old now, and i think they were train at 2 years old but they pretty much did it there self they never like being wet..was funny if they got just a little drop of water or anything wet on them they would have'nt to have clean clothes yes girl we went thou/some clothes lolll.but thank god they out grow that...good luck...teresa.

Sheila - posted on 05/18/2010

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My girls are little over 2 and they are very interested and go sometimes. I got the potty chairs out at 18 months, but just let them get familiar with them first. First, sitting on them fully clothed and then had them sit on them before baths. Once in awhile they will have a dry night so I'll put them on them in the morning and they go. They are just starting to tell me when they go in their pants so soon we will really start training. We are going to do the thick training panties with the plastic covers that way they can feel it. Right now they want to sit on the "big potty" so we got a kids cover for it and they fight over it. Neither one of them want to use the potty chairs :( Hoping they will get over this soon. Good luck!

Yolanda - posted on 05/14/2010

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Mine are in the same boat, except both are walking. We got two potty chairs, and put them both on at bath time. I've also kept one in the living room so they can get used to sitting on them. That's worked out pretty well. Also, I take one with me when I got to the bathroom, and sing a 'pee pee in the potty song' when I go. They are starting the like the song, and they hear the sounds. I also let them flush. They have a cousin that is toilet training now, so that helps to increase interest.

Christina - posted on 05/14/2010

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My girls are almost five, the baby of the twins PT'd at 18 months. The older of the two...still refuses to go accident free because she is so worried about playing. I can't break her to save my life. It's up to them really.

Stephanie - posted on 05/13/2010

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I've heard of a few people that potty trained that early but they need to be able to tell you that they have to go and they need to be able to feel that sensation. My twin boys are 2 1/2 and they like to sit on the potty but haven't done anything yet. I can tell that they aren't ready. I have a 4 year old son as well and it took time with him. But boys are usually slower than girls when it comes to that. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 05/12/2010

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my twins are 2 and are probably ready, but we are driving on a really long road trip, soon.So I am going to start as soon I we get home. So I will be starting in about 2 months

Ness - posted on 05/12/2010

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Hi I have identical 3 yr old girls and i started at about 1 and a half, just letting them play with the potty and watching me go to the toilet, then after a bit i just put them in knickers all day, yes there were alot of messes but that's how they learn, i used to tell them when they did it, when you need to do a wee, tell mummy and i'll you on the potty so they did so i put them on the potty and they wouldn't do anything, but i just kept putting them on the potty when they asked and even just asked randomly all through the day, do you need to wee and would put them on again, we were outside playing a couple of times and they decided to just do it on the grass but i didn't care coz they did it all by themselves, then at 2 they just clicked one day and did it on the toilet when i put them on there, and have so ever since it was so exciting lol..., they dont even wear a nappy anymore at night time, i think it really just depends on the child and when you feel they're ready and it is hard work and you have to keep teaching them, no matter how frustrating it is you just got to smile,

Raeleen - posted on 05/12/2010

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boys are easy i agree, but girls are a differant story anyone would agree, i have many nieces and i had a boy a big differance......easy. but now i have twin girls and i can see its gonna be just fun and games

Liesha - posted on 05/11/2010

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Wait until they are ready! I have 4 boys, so I know that makes a difference. However, I was so overwhelmed with the idea of potty training 2 at the same time, I decided to wait until they really showed an interest. We would talk about it and sit on the potty before bathtime, but they weren't interested. All of a sudden they decided they were ready and within 2-3 days there were completely potty trained, no accidents. It was the same with all of my boys. You can probably get them trained earlier, but it will be way more frustrating and can cause them serious potty anxiety. Just be patient. The only thing worse than changing a poopy diaper is changing poopy training pants!

Kristina - posted on 05/11/2010

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My girls are 2 1/2 and have no interest in potty training. They will go on the potty once here and there when it is convenient for them or for a reward, but nothing consistent and they arent interested either. So I say, they arent gonna go to kindergarten in diapers so when they are ready, I am here to assist them..... Hope this helps

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Hi Nicole,

I have twin girls who are now 4. Do not rush potty training, it will come. When we went to visit my mom over Christmas the girls were 2 and they went on potty; pee and poop. A couple weeks after we got home they just stopped going. About 9 mo later (2 1/2) one day Samantha decided she was not going to wear diapers or pull ups, that night we put her in big girl pants and she stayed dry. Emily didn't want to be in big girl pants until almost 3 months later.

I have heard mixed opinoins on putting diapers or pullups on at night. Once they are done with diapers, be done day and night, that's what we did and we only had a handful of accidents at night. Limit what they drink after 6 pm. Like our ped said you have accidents until they are 6 yrs old.

You will drive yourself crazy if you try to start and they are not ready. I tried twice and stopped twice and sure enough they decided when they were ready.

They should be able stay drive for several hours at a time. I also believe it would be better when they know to walk so they can make it to the potty quicker, granted you should take them every hour whether they have to go or not.

I did give them an m & m when they went on the potty themselves (but they were a lot older).

Good Luck!

Jessie - posted on 05/10/2010

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From what I am to understand the general rule for potty training is after a child eats solids/bottle and they do not urinate, it is time to conisder potty training. Every child is different and you may want to consider starting potty training with one child before the other. The good thing about this is that since you are have twins they help each other learn new things, so if you start potty training one child they may in turn help when it comes time to help child two.

Khadijah - posted on 05/10/2010

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Hi Nicole! Its always nice to meet g/g twin Mommies.

My g/g twins will be 16 months next month and I too was contemplating the exact same thing. When to start? Both my girls are walking (which I decided I wanted to wait until they started before starting training). I wanted them to be able to walk to the pot on their own. I am concerned that my girls does not say "potty". However when they want something they will point to it and say "this", so I am hoping that will suffice until they actually do know how to say "potty" (which I'm sure will come once they known exactly what a potty is).

I think that you should set your own timeline line for your little girls. If you want to wait until they are both walking or maybe saying more words...you know your little ones best. Even if they aren't both walking I don't think it would hurt to introduce them to the pot. I plan to get my girls started in the next week or so. They are 15 months now, so I figure by 16 to 17 months they will be more than ready!

Lesley - posted on 05/10/2010

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I have twins boy and girl who will be 2 at the end of the month. they are just starting to tell me when they have done a poo occasionally..given they are telling me, I was going to start in the summer. I did buy a potty each and kept them in the bathroom so they could get used to sitting on one..I think it's down the the individual but I know my twins woudl not have been ready at 18 months. Hope this helps

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