Twin Potty Training: A Mother’s Confessions



Twin potty training is like a walk in the park. A walk in the park on a sweltering, hot summers day – it gives you the sweats just thinking about it!

I’m only (slightly) kidding!

We have been training one twin since March 7th. Mason was 2 1/4 years old at that time and showed all the signs of being ready. Cameron showed some signs but less than his brother and refused to potty train. (See what you missed here and here where I share the signs, strategies and rewards we have been using).


This morning I said to Mason while we were snuggling in bed:

“Mommy goes to the potty as soon as I wake up in the morning, because I haven’t gone all night. Wanna come potty with me?”

No response.

“I go potty, Mommy”, responds Cameron. Cameron the twin who has not shown much interest at all for the last 5 months we have been working with Mason!

“Really?? Ok let’s go!”

And wouldn’t you know he was VERY successful. A nice strong flow! LOL could I give any more details??

So Cameron, today is YOUR day! We are so proud of you!

An older shot of Cameron

Yesterday he actually tried to go but no luck and he has actually gotten on the loo another handful of times, but without success.

SO what is my confession?

Well, Mason has been a champ at potty training – doing all he needs to on the potty. I just haven’t taken the next step – training pants or big boy undies. I am just too chicken! Well I tried the pants a few times and had an awful mess to deal with.

The thought of one never mind two boys running around marking the territory on my rugs, on my floor, on my couch just leaves me shaking in my boots!

I just feel too tired to take the plunge.

But I am getting close.

As with all the major changes and milestones in the twins’ lives: giving up the bottle, the crib, the pacifier…. it’s more about the parent being ready than the kid being ready. Don’t get me wrong the child needs to be physically or emotionally ready for the change, but often time they are, and the parents need to catch up and embrace the change that is to come.

So I am getting ready for that change. I will stock up on cleaners, plastic covers for the furniture, some fun undies, and perhaps even a few extra hands and give it a go.

Well soon anyway! 😉

Cameron, keep up the good work – as all the moms out there are going to tell me: I bet you wont be going to college in diapers!  Here is our man Cam:

How did you handle this stage for your kids?

* Just for my own records this happened on August 14th*

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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22 Responses to Twin Potty Training: A Mother’s Confessions

  1. Clare says:

    Well done Cameron. So proud of you. X

  2. Michele says:

    Children, even twins sometimes, get ready for things at their own pace–both your boys will be ready and trained before you are probably!! Then they will be off to school–so enjoy while you can! Even though it can be scary.

    • Twin Mom says:

      I agree about kids being ready in their own time – that’s why we trained one at a time…
      They sure are off to school soon! Where does the time go??

  3. Pamela R says:

    job well done with both boys…let them get it at their own pace—many big changes keep chugging away at what’s comfortable for them—but YUP stock up on the plastic covers for the big boy pants!! We didn’t buy a new couch until after my son was potty trained for 6 months! =)

    • Twin Mom says:

      Our couch was awful! We just got “new to us” couches that are so much better! So I am trying to keep them nice for a little while longer!

  4. My son is potty training as well and I just bought a brand new box of diapers a week ago, of course, my son decided on his own that he was ready to take the next step. I just blogged about the next phase and have some ideas for you. I typically wait until they are having few accidents before I make the switch to big kid undies, just my preference. I don’t care to clean up #2 accidents from big kid undies. Check out my post from yesterday. 😉

  5. Cynthia says:

    Our guy is still has accidents but is getting better at using the potty. We are taking it at his pace, and you’re right he’s probably more ready to be a kid than I am ready for him to be.

  6. Congrats Cameron! And congrats to you too, Leigh! :)

  7. Karen says:

    I love knowing that you are just as calm and positive in real life as you are on the blog! :) good job, Cam! Keep surprising mom. :)

  8. When I decided to potty trained my kids I made a decision that by 2 they would be potty trained. I didn’t have a lot of money for diapers so I took the plunge and never looked back. It worked out fine I did have to deal with messes on occasion but it wasn’t too bad. I was always prepared.

  9. Rosey says:

    How awesome that you’re encouraging them consistently, but still letting them move forward a their own pace. That’s what we did too.

  10. Love the chocolate smile. I do not envy the potty training for sure;)

  11. OUPA says:

    Well done Cameron. OUPA is proud of you .

  12. Sista says:

    YAY for Cameron!!! And Mason too, for using the potty. I suggest you get a lot of big boy pants, and make sure they have a picture on the front, of a train or a car or a shark or Elmo, then it’s fun and exciting to put them on. I made the mistake of getting Branner big boy pants with Scooby Doo on them. Everywhere we went he pulled down his shorts to show everyone his smart new big boy pants. That certainly did put a huge smile on our faces, use to laugh at that alot!

  13. Lexie Lane says:

    Ok, if you can do it, I can do it! You have twice the fun here! But of course they can both work on it together and help each other out which is awesome! I’m sure Mason will follow along now that Cameron has just done a good job!

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