BTDT Potty Training

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BTDT Potty Training

So, as I started working with my girls on just sitting on the potty, I started wondering how all of you BTDT MoMs potty trained your twins? One at a time, both at the same time? Multiple potties on all levels of the house or just two in the bathroom? After training a singleton, you would think I would be ready for this, but I am not. I am pretty sure my girls will be ready sometime in the next 6 months. They already go pretty consistently most mornings when they get up. Sometimes, they even wake up dry. I am not pushing any actual "training". We aren't just letting them lead it either. I feel like they need to know that there are times during the day when we use the bathroom and I make a big deal out of having to go myself. I embarrass myself by dancing and trying to hold it sometimes. HA! It gives them a good giggle and they cheer for me afterward. Lol

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I have heard just take it as it comes. I had one twin mom tell me that her twin boys trained much quicker than her singleton boy because they were competing with each other. I can definitely see more progress than I did with my son at the same age. They go once or twice a week right now, but the last few days have wanted to run around naked. We mostly naked trained my daughter, it just worked better for her. So we are kind of doing that with the boys also. They have gone 2-3 times each in the last two days. And since I give a small treat when they go, usually Wyatt wants to, and Abram does not, but since he knows Wyatt will be getting a treat, then he wants to go so he can have a treat too. Smile I am hoping they will train quickly. I did not even start training ds1 until he was 3.5, so earlier with two would be better! Wouldn't it be great to be out of diapers in the next year! Smile We just usually invite them to go right after they have been changed, and well, I have an open door policy with the bathroom, so they are quite familiar with my going potty and checking out the contents of the toilet and flushing after. lol. I think once we get into it a bit more we'll do a co-op potty sticker chart to earn some used Thomas trains I have had sitting around for a few years. Smile

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"melnzai" wrote:

So, as I started working with my girls on just sitting on the potty, I started wondering how all of you BTDT MoMs potty trained your twins? One at a time, both at the same time? Multiple potties on all levels of the house or just two in the bathroom? After training a singleton, you would think I would be ready for this, but I am not. I am pretty sure my girls will be ready sometime in the next 6 months. They already go pretty consistently most mornings when they get up. Sometimes, they even wake up dry. I am not pushing any actual "training". We aren't just letting them lead it either. I feel like they need to know that there are times during the day when we use the bathroom and I make a big deal out of having to go myself. I embarrass myself by dancing and trying to hold it sometimes. HA! It gives them a good giggle and they cheer for me afterward. Lol

I can completely picture this, the same dance we did with DD1! its so funny how silly you can make yourself look because of your children!

I have no advice, and am curious to see what the BTDT moms have to say, I just wanted to say I am the same as you. I potty trained DD1 and I have no idea how to go about it with these babies (although it'll be awhile before I have to do this). I have feared this the most out of everything. How do you potty train two. And I've heard boy take longer so will I still be changing diapers after K is trained?

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My two potty trained at the same time, day and night together. I mostly used the 3 day potty training method. We had a very small bathroom upstairs, where we had one stand alone potty seat and one toilet ring. On the main level, we had a toilet ring, and two small potty chairs.

From day 1, Bella never had an accident at night. She had the occasional day time accident for a while, but was mostly "trained" within the 3 days.

Trey was the opposite! From day 1, he never had an accident during the day, but did wet the bed for a while a few times a week. It didn't take too long for him to get it and stay dry at night.

We went straight to underwear - Gerber made a size 12 month back then -- not sure if they still do!

Good Luck ladies! I was dreading it, but it was easier then I thought.

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My DS was super easy to potty train. We basically started him the same way. Both girls went this morning as soon as they got up. However, they are still trying to figure out when they are wet. We have not even approached #2 on the potty yet. I think we have a few more months until they are ready for underwear. If we went to that now, they would be wet more than dry, I think.

Oh, and we have a ring and a potty seat. That is it. I think we need to get another potty seat for downstairs. We already have a ring for that toilet because of DS. Although, I hate that bathroom. It has spiders in it because it is partly below ground. EEEEWWWW! Lol

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We've been pretty much allowed them to take the lead when it comes to potty training, with much encouragement behind their interest. We had their sister potty trained first (12 mths older) while they were watching. We already had two potty chairs, so they would sit with her while she went with their clothes on. Kiri had the interest first and wanted to be like J, so she was really easy to day train. They actually insist on using the toilet instead of the potty chairs which worked well for us since they are able to get on the toilet themselves. The potty chairs are currently used only as stools for the sink.

Tae beats to her own drum and sees no value in having toilet competitions. Tae pees in the toilet, but at this time refuses to poop. We're not sure why yet, but she has randomly pooped in the toilet without issues. But if she has a pullup on, she has no hesitation peeing in it either. She won't pee in underwear but will poop in it, so when we're home alone, she wears a dress with nothing underneath until she starts pooping in the toilet. Right now, she usually holds it until bedtime. Neither of them are able to do without pullups (actually little movers) at night at this time which I'm fine with. J has only been night trained a few months ago after she was asking to wear underwear to bed and proving her pullup to be dry for three nights in a row.

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"Beertje" wrote:

We've been pretty much allowed them to take the lead when it comes to potty training, with much encouragement behind their interest.

This. We got 2 potty chairs (different) when they were about 18 months old, just to get used to seeing them around. Atom peed a few times, and Zero showed no interest. Seemingly out of nowhere...the little boys just started competing, and using the potty like crazy. We did stickers and dancing and songs...bought dollar store 'prizes' to redeem after earning 5 stickers, etc. We didnt push it....and they were done in like 2 weeks. We still use pull ups at night, but thats it. They were so easy to train, I cant believe it!

Good luck!

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well that is refreshing to hear. I hope it goes so easy with my boys. Smile

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Did you guys have any hint early on about who might be harder/easier to potty train? I ask because my son HATES a dirty diaper and requires immediate changes even with just a little pee and most definitely with poo. He has been this way since he was a few weeks old. He even whines for me to take the diaper off before he goes some of the time, so then I usually hold a cloth diaper under him while he goes and a couple of times have held him over the toilet to pee. Everyone seems to think (and I hope!) that he will be easy to potty train. My daughter will cry when poopy but otherwise doesn't seem to notice a wet diaper. That's more of what I was expecting from babies.

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I am not sure. I don't remember with my singles how much they disliked wet/poopy diapers. But as a toddler it never bothered Tuck, heck even at 6 he could have a soaking wet pullup in the morning and we would still have to nag him to take it off. lol But with my twins, Wyatt hates being stinky, he points at his bum and says, "ink". Abram doesn't seem to care too much, but he is the one that has pooped in the potty for than a few times, but Wyatt is better at wanting to sit on it and go. I'll let you know after these two are trained. lol

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

well that is refreshing to hear. I hope it goes so easy with my boys. Smile

I just reread my statement, and it wasnt tooooo clear. They ended up getting crazy about the potty right when they turned 2 1/2. They ended up just deciding when they wanted to use the big potty, also. One day, Z was 'missing' and I went to go find him, and he was STANDING UP to pee at the big potty. We NEVER trained him to do that. He just remembered seeing his dad do it. From the very first time they stood to pee, they have had perfect aim. Its so crazy. I feel like we literally did nothing to help, other than cheer and make a huge deal out of needing to potty.

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Still sounds great hon! Smile How lucky!

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Mine were trained pretty late - they were 3 1/2 years old. They just had zero interest and it wasn't worth the battle and messes Smile Emma was actually trained around 3 but then realized Sean wasn't doing it and regressed back. It was one of the biggest stressors for me because I felt like they would never be out of pullups. But eventually they were ready and were pretty much trained in a few days.

Good luck!!