Potty training twins

May 29, 2014

When our twins turned two years old I started thinking about when would be the right time to potty train them.

Both of our girls had shown signs of being ready before they turned two, but I wanted to wait until they were at least two for a number of reasons.

The first reason is that I wanted them to have a better understanding of potty training and secondly I’ve heard that if you start too early it can take longer to potty train successfully.

R and M have watched me and their daddy on the toilet pretty much since they were born. Naturally at some point their curiosity peaked and they too wanted a go on the toilet.

To my surprise they both peed!
Since then we’ve even had a poop and lots more pee!

Up until now, I haven’t been actively potty training our twins. I guess you could say I’ve taken a fairly laid back approach to potty training up until now.

If R or M asked to use the toilet I’d let them – although they didn’t ask very often.

They would, however, tell me that they were doing a wee or going to have a poo. Sometimes I’d ask if they wanted to use the toilet, other times I’d just say they could go in their nappy!

I’m one of those people that is a bit of a clean freak! The thought of pee and poop all over the bathroom sends a shiver down my spine!

Thankfully I have a lot of bathroom cleaning tips up my sleeve, so it’s time to be a bit more active on the potty training front.

R is ever so slightly ahead of M in her bladder control. If they’re have a bit of naked time and R finds that she needs a wee, she’ll tell me. M usually just goes where she stands!

Given M’s past toilet history I thought it was about time, to introduce a potty.

I have been reluctant in buying a potty so as I wanted them to go straight to using the toilet, which I think would be successful for R, but M not so much.

As the toilet is quite high, neither R nor M can climb onto it themselves and I guess the old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ applies well in this situation.

Bearing all this in mind, I figure if we have a potty in our front room, in plain sight, M might decide to use it when she needs a wee rather than going where she stands!

We bought some stickers so R and M can decorate their potties and so far it’s been going well.

They’ve both done wee’s in their potties and enjoy sitting on them in front of the TV!

So here begins our potty training journey!

Do you have any tips for potty training twins?


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28 Comments

  • newcastle familylife

    May 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Good luck with potty training x

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you! It's going well so far. Not many accidents. Just nervous about the first time we take them out without nappies! x

  • Lucinda Turner

    May 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Hope it goes well! I have a while before I need to start thinking about it 🙂

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you! I'll keep you updated! 🙂

  • Mummybird

    May 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Good luck with the potty training, double the fun. Its been a while since I have done potty training but I remember it well lol 🙂

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      If you have any tips please let me know! 🙂

  • Kate Fever

    May 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Oooh good luck – it may not be nearly as bad as you are expecting it to be 🙂

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Kate. It's going well so far. No major accidents yet! 🙂

  • mel cowlishaw

    May 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Good luck. One was bad enough, I have no advice for 2 – but it sounds like you are doing just fine!

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Mel! I'll keep you updated!

  • Pinkyprincess

    May 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Wow good luck! My 2 year old is no where near yet…. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing lol.

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you. They're 27 months and have been telling us for a while when they're going and have used the toilet a few times. We decided to start because M would often pee on the floor during no clothes time so thought we'd put a potty down and see what she did. She went in the potty and has continued to do so. A few accidents, but that's to be expected in the early days

  • pixiedusk

    May 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I started potty training my son when he is 3 and I am so ashamed that I started way late. I just really dont know where to start. But one time we just bought the potty and put it there. I dont know if I should train a boy peeing standing up or sitting? I chose him peeing standing up. I made him not use nappy & he just did it. I potty trained him in about a week! My only accident is when he got sick. But right now we are still smooth sailing.#binkylinky

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Wow, I'm impressed! A week! I think it'll take us a longer than a week, but we're getting there! I wouldn't know where to start with a boy! x

  • Catriona Stephen

    May 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I am not looking forward to potty training. Although it's a long way off at the moment. Good luck 🙂 #binkylinky

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Catriona! I'll let you know how it goes 🙂

  • Denise Johnson

    May 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds like you have everything under control 🙂 My youngest is six so it seems like such a long time ago that I had to worry about potty training – can't imagine having two tots to deal with! Good luck! #BinkyLinky

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Denise, I hope so!

  • Claire Jacobs

    May 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    ooh I'm exactly at the same point! Hes just turned two and I haven't actively done it either, but feel I should as he has been going on potties and toilets for months, Ive just been rubbish at making it a daily routine! let me know how it goes!

  • Rachel

    May 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    My little boy is three in a fortnight and not trained. With no pants on he is fine, no accidents. Put pants or bottoms on and were back to square one. Hoping that when he's ready it will just click quickly! #binkylinky

  • Victoria MyLittleLBlog

    May 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    ive heard and seen some stickers encouraging kiddies to use potty and praising them for it, good luck with your new journey

  • mami2five

    May 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    My twins are 13. They weren't fully potty trained until they were around 2 years and 10 months (feb). We'd started way back in the summer when they'd spent most of the time just in dresses with no drawers on at all, which is the great thing about girls. You can't be so discreet with boys! But even though they had shown interest then they weren't ready.
    All our babies have had potties for their first birthdays, they were just put in the living room so they could get used to them being around although some would rather just use the toilet.
    The biggest hurdle with twins is that I found Ff was ready much earlier then E. But E would get upset that her sister had real knickers on and we were doing something where she needed the nappy. We combatted this by putting them on over her nappy, she wasn't 100% happy but was better than not having the tweenies knickers at all!
    The tricks I found worked best is to always ask them if they want to try whenever you go to the toilet. Also ask them every 15 minutes or so. Getting them to sit on the potties in front of the TV is a fab trick, you could even give them books and toys to keep them sat for a while. I have some photo's of one of my lot sat in front of the TV on the potty munching toast!
    Good Luck 🙂

  • First Time Mummy

    May 31, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Excellent, well done!! Sounds like you all are doing great at it 🙂 Love the sticker idea too!! Good luck with it continuing!! xxx

  • Sonia Constant

    June 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Oooooh Good luck! I am going to be doing this with Isla very soon 🙂 eek.

    PS – thanks for linking up with #blogsRus linky!

  • Kate Thompson

    June 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I *thought* I had plenty of tips but both my twins had their own ideas, daughter dry day and night at 16 months…. her brother only a year later despite major surgery and me wanting to put it off. Job done!

  • Kate Thompson

    June 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    should have added that I popped over from the blogsrus linky!

  • Victoria Knowles

    June 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Potty taring twins must be quite a feat! But sounds like you've got it Sussed. We're through the other side now and it wasn't nearly as bad as I feared!

  • BakedPotatoMummy

    June 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Oh goodness! I missed this post! I've just started the first stage this week too. It'll be really interesting to see how your 2 girls differ to each other and to Potato, as I've heard it can take a lot longer with boys xx

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