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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 15:40 PM   1
Nut_Shake
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Potty training ARGH!


Hi guys, hope you're all well xx

My boy/girl twins are 19 months old and I'm thinking of potty training them soon but I'm really confused and needed some opinions.

We are moving from London to Dallas at the end of this year/early next year and am unsure whether to potty train them before we go or when I get there. I've heard many different things; it's better to do it earlier/it's better to do it later/boys should be trained later than girls/you should do it before you go so you don't have to worry about it/you should do it when you're there as it will be such a big change for them they may start wetting the bed and you'll be back at square 1.

ALSO is it better with twins to buy 2 pottys or use the toilet? I'd rather the toilet, however with twins you can't really tell one child to wait whilst the other finishes, when they need to go they need to go! So are pottys just the better option?

I'm so confused and need any help at all. Thanks so much xxxx



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 15:54 PM   2
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Hi, I dont have my twins yet but I have had a boy and a girl.
I started both times around 22/23 months, and the girl was done in a week. The boy took a little longer!

With my DD I put a potty in the middle of the room (you'll need two) and took her pants off and gave her heaps of water and juice, then sat and watched her. She started weeing on the carpet so I quickly snatched her up and put her on the potty and said "wees on the potty"! She got a tiny dribble in and I made her look at it and I made a huge deal about it, clapping and saying YAAAAY and gave her a chocolate fish. I did this about 3 times, each with a fish, and then she cottoned on and weed in the potty from then on, making sure she showed me and had her hand out for her fish (not a healthy day that was)! . That was the 1st day.

The hardest part was getting pants on her and getting her to tell me 1st before she needed to go! That took a week! She would keep coming up to me with her hand out for the chocolate, but with wet pants because she would sit on the potty and wee but not take her pants off 1st!

My little boy was trained outside, in a similar way. "wee on the flower....YAAAAY! Heres your chocolate". He went straight to the toilet, never had a potty. And always standing up, never sitting.

Good luck!



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 17:02 PM   3
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She would keep coming up to me with her hand out for the chocolate, but with wet pants because she would sit on the potty and wee but not take her pants off 1st!
That bit really made me laugh! Hahahaha! So sweet!!

Thanks so much, fantastic tips xx



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 17:44 PM   4
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Oh arj, your post really cheered me up tonight. 'She peed, I said yey and gave her a chocolate fish........'

Nutshake Great to see you back here, and exciting news about Dallas. I wish you and your family every success and happiness over there - love the states

Potty training - I am a bit different in that I tend to wait til my kids are older, with Harry and Evie they were 3 and both of them were dry within a week, it was sooo easy. I had tried Harry at 2, but he was peeing everywhere, he just didn't get it and couldn't seem to get bladder control til he was older.

All kids are different, some are ready and physically capable, and others just aren't. Upshot is, you can try but if the child is not ready it will take longer and be harder. There are cues to indicate they're ready so if you feel yours are, then I'd give it a go.

Only one of my twins is anywhere near ready to do it, and I suspect he'll be really quick because he is so forward and 'switched on'. The other let's life pass him by and doesn't communicate nearly as well, I intend to leave him a while longer.

I went straight to a toilet with a baby seat attached, because my two were older when we started it was the obvious choice for their chunkier bottoms lol. I'll do the same with the twins and will start after a holiday next week.

If I were you I'd wait until you're settled in Dallas. The move might upset the process anyway and you'll be back at square one with one or both of them. You'll soon discover if they're ready, and might find they both tackle it differently. Boys do tend to be later in getting physical control of their bladders, but it might be worth trying them together, and postponing for a few months if it's clear that one of both just aren't ready. It's trial and error really hun, but don't perservere to the point of stress and despair if they're still too young to be dry.

Keep in touch after the move, would love to see how you get on xxx



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 17:58 PM   5
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That's great, thanks so much, you always give such great advice xx

Yes very excited about Dallas, anxious too though, and going to miss family and friends so much. Got lots to organise before we go, and am thinking to probably wait with the babies potty training after what's been said, so at least it's one less thing to think about right now, haha xxxx



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 18:16 PM   6
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'lalalalalalala potty training? Nooooooo not me - don't pampers make a size 10 then?'

Dreading it of Derbyshire xxxx



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2012, 20:03 PM   7
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Vicky my second laugh of the night, thank you



 
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Old Jul 5th, 2012, 00:54 AM   8
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Hi Hun. I agree with Liz in that it's best to wait when the twins are ready. By all means try them, but if they're not ready for it, it'll be he'll for you. I tried potty training Kaya at about 20 months but he just didn't get it and kept having accidents, so we stopped. At the age of 2.5 he was ready. Woke up one morning and while playing he suddenly shot up and said " need wee" and ran to the toilet. Did his first wee in the toilet all off his own steam! Started potty training him that day. It took a couple of weeks, but probably cos I wasn't very strict about staying at home and keeping him in pants until he was potty trained. ( they advice you to try to stay at home the first week at to keep child in pants but I kept going out and putting him in nappies when I did so the process took a little longer).

I have tried potty training the twins but they are no where near ready for it yet, so I stopped. They'll let me know when they're ready for it and we'll start again. I was hoping to have them out of nappies before the new baby came along, but I don't see it happening now. I have two potties for when they are ready. Giving them a treat as arj said is a great idea. Any type of incentive is good, encourages them. With Kaya we used a sticker chart. Every time he successfully used the potty, he got to put a sticker on his chart. He loves stuff like that so it really helped with him. Good luck Hun. X



 
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Old Jul 5th, 2012, 08:04 AM   9
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Hi Nutshake!

Definitely two potties and lots of chocolate buttons! As to when to do it - I tried the boys just after their second birthday but after two days it was clear Josh was no where near ready. On my Mum's advice I left it for about 6 weeks (boys were about 27 months old) and tried again and it was an absolute breeze! Lots of chocolate buttons for rewards and they were pretty much dry straight away!! So I would definitely say that they have to be ready and if they are not you will know straight away.

Also I still put the boys in pull ups at night (couldn't handle wet sheets all through the winter!) and they are now dry overnight with no effort on my part

Good luck when you do give it a try! x x



 
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Old Jul 5th, 2012, 09:10 AM   10
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What fantastic advice, thanks so much ladies xx I'm thinking I may wait, but will keep an eye out if I feel they are getting to that ready stage. Though right now I don't think they are!

Vicky!



 
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