It is not uncommon for a parent to be less than thrilled with the prospect of potty training one child. That dread, which seems to be almost inherent, is doubled, or tripled, when a parent thinks about potty training twins or triplets. But, potty training twins does not have to be any harder than potty training one child. In fact, I found it to be easier when I potty trained my twins.
One Potty Or Two?
First off, you are going to want to know exactly what you will need to potty train twins, or other multiples. Whether you choose to have one potty or two is entirely up to you. I had a potty seat that opened to fit over the toilet, and I used it for all of my six kids. It was an invaluable tool, and I did not find it necessary to have anything more when I potty trained my twins.
However, if you plan to use potty chairs, only you can decide if you will need one or two potty chairs. In this day of gender specific, and personalized everything, some parents may choose to get one boy specific potty and another girl specific potty if you have fraternal, boy and girl twins. Personalized potty chairs are available, too, and can be fun if you can afford them. However, if you want to stick to the most bare bones approach, one potty seat will probably do.
Other Stuff-Reward Tools and Goodies
Before you begin to train your twins, do just as you would do with a single child, and take them shopping to pick out that special package of big kid underpants for the big day when they start to use the potty. Each child should get their own special package, with the design or characters of their choosing. Then they can go home and put them in a special place until they need them. This is a real right of passage event, the underwear shopping.
When it comes to potty training charts, if you choose to make and use them, you will want one for each child. You can let your potty trainers-to-be help you decorate their own charts, and you can also let them pick out the stickers that they want to use to mark successes. Help your twins hang them up close to their potty area, and you are all set to begin.
Ready, Set, Go!
Now that you have the gear, all you need to do is to wait for your twins or triplets to be ready to start potty training. This will usually be around the same time for same sex twins. Most kids start to potty train around the age of three, with girls starting a little earlier, and boys a little later. If one twin wants to start to potty train, you can be almost certain that twin number two will follow very soon. See, this really is easy, isn’t it?
If you have fraternal boy/girl twins, do not resign yourself to having to have two separate sessions of potty training. Fraternal, boy/girl twins will usually split the age average difference, and will potty train at the same time, too. This was the case with my boy and girl twins. They potty trained at the same time and it really was a cinch! With a positive attitude, and a lot of patience, potty training your twins or triplets can be a cinch, too!