Toilet training twins
.... Need lots of advice!
, Jan 06 2013 02:18 PM
13 replies to this topic
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:18 PM
Hi! W are trying to Tt our boys. They were 3 in December. These are my first kids, so I am clueless! We have been Tt for 8 days now.
They have been no nappies all that time ( night time fine... No accidents) but during the day they are constantly wetting.
They get too engrosed in playing and just pee everywhere.
I am trying to remain positive and upbeat, but it's so draining and hard work. Hubby has been home to help a bit too. We have been consistent the whole time, but just wondering on tips of how to handle this.
If the boys keep heir undies dry and make it to potty in time they get sticker they are collecting to get a DVD.
How long til your kids got it after starting training? I am getting sick f being stuck at home while Tt!
Any help would be great!
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:49 PM
No advice but my twins are the same age and have just started too. It is not fun!!
Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:39 PM
try taking them every half hour, they don't get a choice "right guys lets go time for the toilet". I would still go out and do your usual things, just remember to take lots of toilet breaks, we would make sure they went before leaving the house and then again when arriving.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:40 PM
I agree, just go out and do whatever you want to do with regular toilet breaks.
I never stayed home when toilet training my twins (although I toilet trained them at seperate times as one was ready before the other). I had DD#1 at school and just made sure they went or tried to go before going out etc.
The first few days I just took DD#1 to and from school which was a 25-30min walk each way (they were in pram though). Then after that I started going out wherever but I just made sure I had plastic bags, undies, wipes and changes of clothes just in case.
It's a distant memory now but I think I used to get them to try and go roughly every hour or when going out or leaving to come home.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:57 PM
We started at 3 years 3 months. We had been using the potty before that, but had not gone for only undies in the day before that due to too many accidents.
We then went into undies at home, we reminded them to use the loo a lot, but we did have quite a few accidents, as they were "too busy playing, Mum". Luckily we had wooden floors then.
When in the car we did pull ups at first and then after a while just undies and a protective mat on the car seat. We never had an accident in the car or when we were out. Mind you there were lots of loo trips while shopping etc.
TT my twin boys was a long process, but the undies stage was pretty painless. They have just graduated to no pull ups at night, they have just turned four. We still have a few accidents at night, thank goodness for waterproof mattress protectors.
Good luck! Paper towel and disinfectant will be your new friends!
Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:14 PM
I'm not a twin mum, but saw it in the recent topics (so feel free to ignore me). With my kids I gave them a sticker and a smartie for a try and a lolly and sticker for any kind of success then phased out the rewards for trying, then switched the lolly for success to a sticker towards a reward of their choice.
They were super keen to have a try (a million times a day) and get a sticker and a smartie and eventually the tries worked out so they got the lolly (or a square of chocolate) and it got them over the hurdle of being too engrossed in play until they got the hang of it. We phased out all of the rewards after about the 3rd week and were able to go out and about on day 3 each time. Obviously that would be much trickier to do with 2 kids.
Otherwise, can you just keep them playing outside undercover with no pants on? My kids loved to do a 'bush wee' and a bit of wee isn't going to kill the garden. Mine also go into a pattern of needing to wee every hour so if you keep track of how long it is between wees, you can get an idea of how regularly they go.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:24 PM
I just did a few days of TT then decided to give up and try again in another month or so, we had soooo many accidents I don't think they're there yet, my girls are 2 years and 3 months.
Good luck, I'll be keeping an eye for any tips
Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:34 PM
I did one at a time.
One was ready at 2yrs and 10 mnths the other one was not ready till he was 3.5yrs.
The first one I bought his favourite drink - fruit poppers and let him drink as much as he liked and then kept him restricted the to hard floor area and kept popping him on the potty in front of the TV.
He got it in 3 days and was dry from then onwards.
The other brother was ready 6 months later and we just used the toilet for him and by passed the potty altogether. I did a similar thing stayed home for a couple of days and filled him up with fluids and just kept him close to the loo with frequent trips to it.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:21 PM
i've posted this in the tt section too....
We have been trying this tt thing for about a month now. Its been full on. sometimes i think they are getting the idea.. but then they seem to regress.
im thinking of cracking out the bribery again... do you think its a bad thing?? the boys were going pretty well fpr a bit. they have excellent communication skills but the problem seems to be that they dont want to leave what they are doing to go to the toilet [apparantly duplo and matchbox cars are MORE important than visiting the toilet]
they will happily stand there with wet or soiled pants if it means they don't have to leave their activity.
so i am thinking the bribery might work... but when do i phase it out??? activities [music, playgroup etc] start back soon and i feel a bit home bound. i don't really want to go to pull ups as i think they would just get lazy and wee in them and we will be back at the start.
the boys are off to 3 year old kinder in a couple of weeks [only for 2 hours in a morning] so i would love it if we could conquer this tt thing a bit by then.
thanks for all the replies so far about twins and tt. i feel like i live in the toilet or if i am not in the toilet than i am cleaning up an accident. argh!
the boys are dry at night time [we have only ever had one accident in the night] but just seem a bit too pre occupied during the day.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:49 PM
No twins here - but absolutely use the bribery, especially if you are having to compete with cars and duplo!!! I found mini m&ms good as it is such a small amount of junk - but still junk. Also, being able to choose the colour is apparently very exciting!! I didn't find phasing it out a problem, after he 'got it' I think the treats just ran out and that was that.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:53 AM
wow it's amazing that they night trained before day time! night is the hardest..well done. my 7y.o was day trained at 2y.o and only just stopped wearing night nappies! for the past 2 yrs, he would have roughly 50% wet nappies at night but he insisted on wearing nappies and would put it on himself. If it's dry he just reuses it for next night.
my twins were day trained just past 2y.o too and they did it on their own, we didn't even bother with a potty,they just went straight to the toilet. But They are now almost 4y.o and my dd night trained herself just last week and ds2 is still in night nappies.
just persevere and keep taking them to the toilet even if they don't ask for it. maybe every hour or so. Do they go to child care? my twins were tt at child care....I can't thank them enough.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:30 PM
Mine went to daycare girl 2 was trained in 3 days and girl 1 took a week. In summer I put a potty out in the yard and let them run free and use it when they needed too. No stress, no bother they did it when they were ready and we always tried to make sure they went on arrival to the shopping centre to prevent that nagging mummy toilet NOWWW..it worked well for us yes we had accidents but that was to be expected. Daughter 2 tried at 18mths she was 7kg and fell into the toilet - such precious moments!
Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:39 PM
After trying for that long and seeing such little progress it sounds to me like they are physiologically just not "getting" it. Personally, I would give myself and my kids and break and put them back in nappies and wait until they are showing signs of wanting to be more proactively involved. With both my girls (who trained 5 mths apart) it was only when I backed off and left it with them completely that they took ownership and worked it out. One if mine was 2.5yrs the other was smack on 3.
P.S. one of mine trained at night before days. She was dry overnight a good few months before she TTed and then it was a further 8 mths before she let me take her out of nappies at night. She would get really distressed if I failed to put her nappy on at night even though she didn't need them. We were using cloth so it cost me nothing to leave the ball in her court on that one too.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:18 PM
Hi all! I am new to the forum and have 6 year old twin boys.
I'll just share my experience with tt
First started when they were 2.5 years,
started with a video/song on pooping in the toilet and the routine they liked the song and started talking about it
within the same week changed to pull ups and put them on the regular toilet with toilet seat and we sing the toileting song (I'll usually stand with them) and make the pee sound lol:
when there was success we are cheer and praise him/if nothing will just say "okay nothing will try again"
I sent them to toilet 1 at a time in 40 mins interval.
Within the week DS 1 got it and was off diapers but DS 2 didn't accidents for 2 continuous days and I put him back on pull up and let it cool off (I didnt want him to get used to being wet so that he doesn't think its okay)
Made it a point to show DS 2 when DS 1 went to toilet breaks and around 2.8 years he started following his brother and started trying after the first success he wanted the new thomas underwear I bought, it worked but he continued to have accidents on and off until he turned 3 but I never pushed.
I let them wear diapers at night till they turned 4 for better sleep.
Hope it helps
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.
I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.
There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.
The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.
More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.
A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.
There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.
Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.
Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.
Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.
Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.
Sheryl Sandberg's advice
Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.
The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.
For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.
Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.
The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.
To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!
Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.
We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?
A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.
Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?
Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.
It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.
When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?
Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.
Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.
A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.
Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.
Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".
To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!
I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.
There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.
When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.
A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.
Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.
If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.
According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.
Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.
Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.
An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.
A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Sign up now!
Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.