Last week I started
potty training our twins.
Here are the basic facts:
they are 3 years old plus 1 month; they are girl/boy; they have an older brother and a younger sister; every day at home is hilarious/challenging/exhausting/exhilarating.
I am new to blogging but everything I hear is: “be insanely useful to your readers!!” Ha. I would love to be able to write a post titled something like:
- How to potty train your twins in 3 days
- 5 easy steps to potty training twins
- 7 amazing tips for a stress-free life
But we are where we are.
From my position in the trenches,
here are my top tips on potty training twins:
(some of this advice is contradictory)
(I’m preaching to myself here, ladies)
- Get sturdy potties
Those things will take some battering. I got Pourty potties*
and they are not the cheapest in the world, but I recommend them for the convenience of having the handle and the pouring edge. I know it sounds ridiculous, but you are toilet training two little people at the same time. Sometimes they wee a lot, and sometimes speed and accuracy are of the essence.
2. Get two of the same kind of potty
You know, because you have twins. I got the same potty in two different colors. What was I thinking.
3. Clear the diary to some extent
I think with potty training, it helps to have a few days without appointments or play dates and so on. But for the first week or so I put diapers back on for trips to the shops, car journeys, family parties, that sort of thing. Maybe it slows down the process a little, but it is worth in order to make me less shrill, and to reduce the amount of poop in places you don’t want poop.
4. Don’t play the comparison game
‘Your sister does beautiful wees in the potty!! She is SO CLEVER!!’ Not kind or helpful.
5. That said, competitive wee-ing is a real thing
Use it if you can.
6. In the first day or so, let them run around with no trousers
It makes the physical process of going on the potty a little less complicated for them.
7. Buy extra supplies of toilet roll, anti-bacterial cleaning spray and washing powder
8. Buy extra supplies of chocolate and red wine
9. Phone a friend
When you reach the early afternoon, talk to another adult for some perspective and to laugh off the horrors.
10. Treat yourself to some fancy hand cream
Today I have washed my hands upwards of 40 times and they are sore.
11. Practice a little extra self-care
This is an actual, additional, taxing thing going on in your life. You probably thought you were busy enough already. So it is understandable if the schedule is a little squeezed and you are behind on just about everything. Tonight my lovely husband came home with takeout 🙂
Some real things I have done this week:
- wiped bums and emptied potties whilst breastfeeding our youngest. Surely this is not a good idea.
Some real things I have said this week:
- Don’t put toys in that potty
- Don’t put that potty on your head
- Don’t put that potty on his head
And so to all of us potty training twins at the moment: huge hugs, admiration, fortitude, Dairy Milk chocolate and anti-bacterial spray.
*The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links – thank you so much!
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