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Potty training twins is so much different than potty training one child at a time! Here are some tips I have learned through this milestone with my girls.
I am happy to tell you that I have successfully potty trained 4 boys! Each one of them learned slightly different, but we survived the transition from diapers to Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® to underwear with all four. Now it’s time for the girls!
My twin 3 year old girls have been a challenge to potty train. First. They are NOT boys! So, I have a learning curve there. And second, there are TWO of them! Potty training two at a time can be both a positive and negative thing.
We are one a mission to help my girls break through this milestone and become “Big Girls!”
With twins, we are approaching potty training a little differently. They can help each other or keep each other from moving forward.
The girls have gotten in on the excitement of making this milestone. We stopped at Sam’s Club to stock up on Pull-Ups. The girls were so excited to be able to help pull out the big boxes and they grunted and groaned as they pushed them to our cart!
Pull-Ups were essential for training my boys, and I know that they would be reliable training pants for the twins during this journey. They love the designs and I love the easy pull sides!
Here are my top tips I have learned in the potty training process so far.
TIPS for Potty Training Twins
Stick to a similar schedule for both girls. It will save you so much time and stress if you can help your twins get on the same schedule. Most twin mammas are great at this! Keeping on the same schedule will allow you to regularly take them to the bathroom at the same time to try to potty.
Going to the potty as soon as they wake up from bed time and nap time as well as before leaving the house and other routine things will save you time making multiple trips to the bathroom.
Expect twice the mess. Unfortunately, with twins, the downside is twice the mess! There will be two times the accidents, two times water all over the bathroom from a “playing in the sink while washing our hands” incident. Just start the process with the expectations of some mess to clean up.
Don’t worry, the messes don’t last forever!
Make rewards work for the both of them. Reward systems are great when you are potty training! I am a full believer in celebrating even the smallest of successes.
Even though each of my girls are very unique and different, I decided to keep our rewards the same for both of them. A small candy for going number two in the potty, a celebration dance for going potty, and a sticker for keeping their Pull-Up dry in between bathroom breaks.
Reward individual results and together results. While I have made the rewards the same for both girls, I also make sure to celebrate the individual girl as well as the two of them together. It is not always easy being a twin. You often get lumped together as a unit.
I want my girls to know that they are awesome both together and separate. If Jazzy stays dry all day and Jada doesn’t, Jada and I shout hurray for Jazzy and then Jazzy and I tell Jada that she can do it too!
You need TWO times the potty chairs or toilets. My twins often sync up so much that they need to go the bathroom at the EXACT SAME TIME! When we first began our potty training journey, we had two little potty chairs, and now that they are confident sitting on a regular toilet, I make sure we have two bathrooms available at home for them to go.
We also keep a basket of Pull-Ups in the bathrooms for easy access!
Don’t get “Two” Discouraged. Potty training can be discouraging sometimes. Whether with a singleton or a set of twins. We have our days of set backs or just those walls that we can’t seem to help them breakthrough. Don’t get discouraged. Take a break if you need to. They WILL get it! Keep at it and keep encouraging your twins that they can do it!
Dress for Success. Boys don’t have this problem as much, but with the girls I have learned you absolutely must consider potty training when dressing for the day! A long dress or romper can be a problem when potty training! Long dresses are difficult to hold up and keep from getting wet and rompers are not easily taken off for quick access. We allow the girls to wear just a shirt and their Pull-Ups in the house to help them have even more independence in going to the bathroom.
It took the girls all of 30 seconds to learn how to get their Pull-Ups on and off by themselves! I love that it gives them independence i this process as well as gives me a peace of mind that we won’t have any leaks.
**Tip: You can also order your Pull-Ups directly from Sam’s Club!
I am so proud of my little princesses and how hard they are working at becoming “Big Girls!” I could not be more thankful to be their momma!
It’s not always easy having twins, but it ALWAYS wonderful!
Happy Potty Training!