We have finally done it our potty training days are almost over. We used the Christmas break to try and get the boys sorted and what a great choice it was. Edwards still needs help. We still have a few accidents but are now nappy free during the day. How did we manage it and live to tell the story. Well let’s just say the washing machine needs a vacation. On a serious note though it was perseverance and lots of praise and treats.
We started off potty training by putting the boys in big boy pants (underpants). It was then about popping them on the potty every 15 mins in the hope they would need a wee. We did this using an alarm on our phone so they had something to prompt them. This really got their attention and made it fun rather than mummy and daddy stopping them playing. We still had our issues with this though. Edward would say done after about 10 seconds and Euan wanted to sit and watch TV on it. Having the potty’s in the living room on a towel was so much easier than running up stairs every two seconds and I personally think it has helped Euan become independent. He was able to just get on when he needed it without shouting for our help.
After a few try’s and wet pants Euan did do a wee and that sensation made something click for him. After a few days he was using the potty every time no accidents both number 1 and 2. Edward however was just not getting it. We continued trying him but spaced it out a bit longer between attempts in the hope he would take a pee pee.
After a week of trying Euan has nailed it and pulls his own pants up and down and even poops in the potty. Edward was still not getting it. I had decided though we were in a position that we couldn’t go back. Edward understood what the potty was for and he just couldn’t get his timings right. It just needs a bit more perseverance from us and lots more washing. Then by chance my mum was looking after Edward yesterday and tried him on the toilet instead of the potty and I am please to say he has done a few tinkles now and seems to be getting the hang of it.
One of the biggest things to understand is that they are individuals and what one does the other might not like. Just because they are twins and identical twins as well they are 2 different people and individuals and you have to therefore treat them as individuals. For us it was the potty Euan loved it Edward clearly hated it. I just hope now that we are there and nappy free during the day. It’s been hard work lots of washing but lots of great memories.
Must have items when potty training twins:
A Toilet seat (potty style one)
Lots and lots of underpants even if you think you have enough you don’t.
Lots of pants (we used Pjs and Tracksuit pants).
An alarm – you can download apps but the time on your phone works perfectly good.
Paitence and lots of it.
If they poop in their pants bin the undies, your saving the cost on all those nappies. You have enough washing to do without trying to rescue little boys pants. Save your sanity mum’s.
Good luck with your potty training remember they are little people and it takes time. Be patient and give lots and lots of praise when they do a tinkle or a poop.