Are you getting ready to potty-train your Twins or are you in midst of a potty-training currently and need some tips and possibly a giggle to lighten the mood. Our resident Twin Love Concierge Mom, Kate DiRienzo-Payne from Kids Kill Coolness shares her journey so far with her twin boys 22 months. It is certainly never easy dropping the diapers and if we can offer even one helpful tip then that makes us happy. For the Twin Moms and Dads that have been through it already please share your tips so we can continue to grow this list.
Investing in their future – Potty Training Twins 101
- INVEST IN TWO POTTY CHAIRS – This is something you have to invest in. Inevitably they are going to have to go at the same time and if they are on the same schedule as mine are, this will be the case many times throughout the day. Also in the beginning there may be just some sitting with nothing happening and you don’t want anyone to feel rushed. It also helps you if you need to be in another room you can always have a potty chair close by.
- INVEST IN A LOT OF UNDERWEAR – We went commando the first two days but that isn’t realistic in how they will present themselves to the world so I put on underwear around day 3. They went through them quick. Underwear reminded them of the diaper so there was a bit of regression once they put them on but that quickly changes as pee runs down their leg.
- INVEST IN EXTRA LAUNDRY DETERGENT – Whatever you use for your twins detergent get an extra bottle before you start training. You will be doing a lot of laundry. I always wash our clothes separate from the boys but given they were only in underwear and we used up a lot of towels every day I just threw everything that was pee-soaked, including my clothes, in together using their detergent.
- INVEST IN SOME REWARDS – I don’t care what any advice book says, it works!!! We started with a shared sticker chart. (I didn’t want anyone to feel bad if his chart didn’t have as many stickers). Then I upped the ante to a mini chocolate chip every time they went in the potty. For two boys who don’t get sugar this was a huge incentive. For poop they got a matchbox car. That may seem extravagant but pooping in the potty is scary for kids and mine were no different. My boys are obsessed with cars to this made something scary seem positive.
- INVEST THE TIME – I quickly realized potty training is a marathon not a race. Some people swear by the 3-day method, others a week, some by putting their child on the potty every half hour and others, as soon as you see it coming race them to the potty chair. However you decide to tackle potty training give yourself and your twins at least a week when you are home and have absolutely ZERO on the schedule. If you are a stay at home mom like me with no help, then start on a week-end or even better, a long week-end, when your partner is home to help the first few days. Having an extra set of hands is everything during this time.
- INVEST IN SOME WINE – You are going to need it. Potty training twins is the ultimate test of patience and perseverance. It really does take all you have to get through each hour of each day. It may seem like a journey of 3 steps forward 2 steps back but the more patient and positive you are the better off they will be
Other small tips
- Don’t give away the smaller sized pant just yet. That diaper filled a pant size and once the diaper is off their pants start falling down. You may have to go back down a size for a bit.
- Forget about the house for 2 days, you won’t be able to get to it anyways. Just order some take out or prepare an easy meal ahead of time because you won’t have time to cook or will be too tired once they have gone to bed.
- Lastly, remember each child is different. The toddler I swore was going to train faster has taken the longest while my other guy figured it out rather quickly. This can be daunting for them especially given that is another secure that is being taken away as they become a “big kid”
Good luck and let us know how you go!