Potty Training the Twins
I will miss many things as my girls grow up, but changing nappies is certainly not one of them. Soon gone are the days where I nearly faint at the smell of my little ones’ making! We have embarked on the wonderful (NOT) journey of potty training the twins. All I can say is thank the Lord we have tiled floors.
Firstly, I knew that they were ready to be trained when they themselves asked to do a pee pee in the potty.
Teaching your little one how to use the potty requires time and patience on your part and a reasonable degree of cooperation and motivation on your child’s.
The key to potty training success is starting only when your child is truly able to do so.
While some kids can start as young as 18 months, others may not be prepared to learn until well into their fourth year. Let’s hope my girls get it right soon. I cannot be changing nappies for another two years!! My one twin daughter has been ready for a while, the other not interested at all. I know she will get into it once she sees her sister going to the big loo.
Lucky for me, I have read that girls tend to potty train faster than boys. Winner 🙂
It’s all about timing:
Once you’ve determined that your child is ready, focus on timing.
- Make sure your child’s routine is well established.
- If they have just started at preschool or a new sibling has arrived, they may be less receptive to change or feel too overwhelmed to tackle this new challenge.
- Avoid periods when their natural toddler resistance is high and wait until they seem open to new ideas.
To train, follow these steps:
Let her watch and learn – in other words you will have an audience with you at all times. So much for the toilet time being your sanctuary! 🙂
Toddlers learn by imitation and watching you use the bathroom is a natural first step.
When talking about body parts, it’s important to be accurate. If you teach her to refer to her vaginal area as her “wee-wee” when every other part has a more formal-sounding name, she may infer that there’s something embarrassing about her genitals. We have taught our girls that it’s their fanny. Mummy and girls have fanny whereas Daddy has something different. (You know what I mean) 😉
If your daughter has seen her older brother, her father, or one of her friends from preschool stand tall at the toilet, she’ll more than likely want to try to pee standing up. Let her. Sure, you’ll have to clean up a couple of messes (get used it it), but she’ll probably get the idea fairly quickly that she doesn’t have the equipment to make it work and you won’t have to engage her in a power struggle. I have learnt to pick my battles with my twins; otherwise I would be institutionalized by now.
Buy the right equipment
I bought my two child-size potties 6 months ago and let them play with it, so when it came to actual training time it wasn’t a shock to them.
I have read that most experts advise buying a child-size potty which your toddler can feel is her own and which will also feel more secure to her than a full-size toilet. (Many tots fear falling into the toilet or sucked into the bowl!) Their anxiety can interfere with potty training.
Bathrooms can be a dangerous place for curious toddlers so always be sure to supervise them when using the toilet. In other words, it’s not the time to have a phone catch-up with a girlfriend.
If you prefer to buy an adapter seat for your regular toilet, make sure it feels comfy and secure and attaches firmly. If you go this route, you’ll need to provide your daughter with a footstool because it’s important that she be able to manoeuvre her way on and off the toilet easily any time she needs to go. She also needs to be able to stabilize herself with her feet to push when she’s having a bowel movement.
You may want to pick up a few picture books or videos for your daughter, which can make it easier for her to make sense of all this new information.
Getting comfortable with the potty
This early in the process, your child needs to get used to the idea of using the potty.
Start by letting her know that the potty chair is her very own.
I bought two very different potty’s for each twin. This way they were in charge of their potty and they could decorate it any way they like. Mine were very excited with their new potty. They were naked within seconds. I downloaded some potty songs on my iPad and we would sing on the potty. I also showed them Elmo goes on the potty, an app I found. This helped my girls see the whole process of going on the potty. Some parents use the children’s toys to demonstrate the whole process. I say do what you can to ease the situation.
On a final note, please don’t stress about this process. There will be many times you will have to clean up messes, and then run to the bathroom to vom! The other day, my dear darling daughter decided to do a number two in a dress up box. Luckily her sister found it and called me because of the smell. JOYS!! Thank the Lord she was clever enough to take all the clothes out before doing her business.
Conversation between Mummy and Maya (one of the twins):
Me: Maya, do you want to try going potty before we go swimming?
Maya: No. I pee in pool.”
Have fun Parents!
Soon you will be nappy free and richer in your wallet! (Well slightly richer)