My twin boys are 2 and 1/4 years old, and potty training has just begun for one twin. Mason showed all the signs that he was ready to start the process, whereas his brother was not (read about that here). As you know I faced my fears of training the twins and started last week when the snowy weather was bound to keep us home.
I loved what “What to expect ” had to say about training twins. In a nutshell – don’t use a reward chart as it will make the other twin jealous, and point out how far behind they are in the training. Do celebrate by doing a dance or a song. Make the twins go without undies as you will have a ton more washing to do. Bring in help while you train – baby sitters or friends so you can catch them before the accidents.
We are now on day 7, but for us day 2 was the worst! We had such a great start, nothing too terrible, and then…….
POOP CITY! It was not for the faint of heart. I had to sacrifice a few undies that I couldn’t bear cleaning! Day 2 we also put the twin that was not really “ready” for training in the pull ups and that caused most of the issue. DO NOT start training before they are ready! That is what I learnt from day two!
So I continued just with Mason. He is doing so well! He is using the toilet at home and in public bathrooms. He has asked to go a few times, but mostly it is us asking him if he needs to go. He often says no, so I have to rephrase how I say it and actually say, “It’s time to go use the potty”, instead of giving him the option of saying no. When he has said no, it’s then been a struggle to get him on the loo. Learn from my mistakes
I did break down and make a reward jar.
We went and bought stickers, plastic animals, a car and noise makers. I got the idea for the noise makers from Huggies. They have a potty training kit (you are welcome for the free advertising Huggies! 😉 ) that has been incredible. Mason LOVES the car pull ups, and the noise makers made both boys giggle and laugh when they heard them!
The chart and hats are not that great for us. Anyway we haven’t really used the rewards because Mason is going without an issue and I don’t want him to expect something EVERY time he goes. I do think they will be useful when he is dry for a long period. We have been doing a lot of praise and high fives!
Anyway – we are on day 7 as I said before, and I have read that some people are done within 3 days! I’m not too worried, because we are very active and so I haven’t really stayed home much. We are relying on the pull ups mostly and not undies or naked. I think I need to let him wear more undies and less pull ups when we are home.
Well that’s the update. As always I welcome all encouragement, need your tips and love hearing your point of view.