Potty training multiples or more can definitely be double or triple the work, but in the end, the reward is multiplied by the amount of money saved on not buying diapers anymore. On average, a set of twin, toddlers goes through 60 diapers a week, which in a month will be a savings of around $50!
To get started potty training your multiples. First, it is a good idea to have a potty for each child. Yes, they are going to want to go at the same time. Start by getting them familiar with the potty and the words associated with it. Choose which words you will use for going potty and stick to it so the children can start learning what they mean.
Then you need to decide whether your children are ready. Toddlers are usually ready between 18 months and 3 years. Here are some signs that show they are ready:
- Not liking being in a dirty or wet diaper
- Taking their soiled diapers off
- Saying when they have gone in their diapers
- Showing interest when others are using the restroom
- Have the ability to undress themselves
- Being able to go a long length of time with a dry diaper
Once you decide your toddlers are ready. You need to prepare yourself. You will need lots of time and energy. It will not happen overnight. You may want to keep outings to a minimum for about a week and put of vacations for a week or two.
You need to decide whether you will use regular underwear, cotton training pants or pull-ups. Pull-ups can be hard to pull up on their own and can keep them to dry. They need to be able to feel they are wet to know they have gone.
You will have to decide what rewards you will use. Verbal praise works best with multiples. If you give stickers or candy to one, the other has a hard time understanding why they are not getting one.
Make sure they are eating lots of fiber to keep bowel movement regular.
Be patient. There will be many accidents in the beginning. Have them go to the bathroom even if they have an accident so they know that is where they are suppose to go.
Be consistent. Do not switch back and forth between diapers and underwear. Although you may want pull-ups at nap and night until they are ready to go that long staying dry.
Lastly be committed. If you stay on top of it your children will be potty trained in no time!
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