A little over a week ago, I started potty training the twins again. I have tried a couple times, and then left it alone because I didn’t think they were ready. They have been showing signs of being ready for a couple weeks now, so I decided to try again. I refuse to start and stop again, so this is it. I’m going to potty train them.
When I first started potty training Jack, my oldest, it took about a week. He understood the basic concept after a couple days and then it was pretty smooth sailing. I thought I had it all figured out. I was SO. WRONG. Training twins is so. much. harder.
They girls are ready to use the potty. They hold it for hours, and then go outside and pee. On my deck. Like dogs. I would consider that they weren’t ready if they were just having accidents, but they aren’t. They wait to pee outside. And those hours they hold it? I spend that time fighting with them to sit on the toilet. It’s SO frustrating!
Key points I learned with my son was that the challenge is getting your child to sit on the toilet for an extended period of time. If you can do that, you’re usually golden. It’s also about learning what your child likes in terms of going to bathroom. Do they need privacy? Would they rather use a kids potty or a real toilet?
With twins, it’s harder to figure out what works best for each individual twin. Do they need privacy? Can you sit both down at the same time? That makes it easier, but I’m getting the impression it’s better to get them to sit individually. Just my luck.
The past week I have spent hours sitting beside the toilet, trying to get the girls to pee. It’s been a lot of challenges, and some successes. The key is to hold on to the successes. Hold on tight. Know that every success propels your kids forward. I still strongly recommend that once you start potty training, you keep your children in underwear. You will have messes. Lots. And Lots. Of messes. But, I believe if you stick with it, it will take less time for your children to learn than if you go back and forth between diapers and underwear. (We still use diapers at night though!)
Ultimately, it’s a learning process for both me as a parent, and my twins. Even with all the advice in the world, it can take a long time or no time at all to learn to use the toilet, depending on the child. I think I made some headway today, so hopefully tomorrow will be better. That’s all we can ask for as parents.
Stay tuned for more potty training stories next week! I’m sure I’ll have lots!