Potty training your twins can be challenging so here are some helpful tips on how to work with your twins.
Always remember that positive reinforcement will eventually sink in and one child may be ready for potty training before the other.
Most importantly be patient.
Prepare for the Potty…read books about potty training and talk about what’s going to happen. Show them what fun underwear they can get when they are potty trained because kids always love characters and colors and this may help motivate them.
Use Rewards…whenever one of your twins uses the potty remember to make it a big deal. Do a silly little dance, clap, sing a song and that way both of your twins will be encouraged to use the potty.
Get 2 Potties…your twins may find it more fun if they have their own potty and they can decorate it themselves. There is a lot of competition between twins so if one uses the potty the other may want to do so too. You may need to have potties upstairs and downstairs in your home for when the urge strikes.
Potty train when ready…some twins may be ready to potty train at the same time but each child is different so don’t feel you have to potty train your twins at the same time. Girls are often ready before boys. Just start with one child if he/she is ready, and when the other child is ready he/she will learn too.
Try to get Twins in sync…when one child needs to go to the potty take the other child too so they can both try at the same time. Set a timer for every 1 hour and take your twins to the potty to try and avoid accidents and rushing to the potty. If you do see your child squirming, squatting or holding the genital area quickly get them to the potty to help them recognize the signs of what they are feeling and head to the potty.
Take a potty with you…if you are going out take a potty with you to maintain consistency.
Hygiene…make sure your child washes his or her hands and teach girls to wipe from front to back to prevent bringing germs from the rectum to the vagina or bladder.
Ditch the diapers…After a couple of weeks of successful potty breaks and remaining dry during the day, your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants or underwear. Celebrate the transition. Let your child return to diapers if he or she is unable to remain dry.
If your child does have an accident remember not to scold them, just say something like “Oops you had an accident” or “That’s ok, let’s try to make it to the potty next time.
Here are some recommendations for Potties.
- Child-size toilet looks just like a grown-up one
- Toilet handle makes a realistic flushing noise
- Toilet “tank” provides a convenient spot for wipes or toilet paper
- Clip-on splash guard for potty training boys
- Functions as a potty chair, removable trainer seat and sturdy step stool all in one
- Includes 1 potty and 1 odor-eliminating baking soda deodorizing disc
- Removable bowl allows for easy cleaning
- 18+ months
- Includes potty, removable potty ring & bonus Puppy’s Potty Time electronic storybook
- Potty rewards baby’s successes with 3 fun phrases, 3 short tunes & realistic flushing sound
- Storybook features 6 songs & 8 phrases and sounds; just press the Puppy button!
- Easy-to-clean, removable bucket & integrated splash guard for boys
- Removable potty ring with handles to help toddlers feel secure