Potty training twins

Potty training twins

This year has already been full on. The twins started preschool, then moved into big beds. Now potty training.

I need a lie-down!

Potty training though seemed to ‘happen by accident’ – (forgive the pun!). Last week Lottie said to me:

Lottie: “No nappy Mummy”
Me: “You don’t want your nappy on?”
Lottie: “No”
Me: “Are you sure?”
Lottie: “Yes Mummy, no nappy, blurghh”
Me: Get a bit panicky and hot, as I’m not ready for this. Even though clearly, she is.

You see – I’ve been DREADING it. No exaggeration.

For a few reasons…a) we don’t have a downstairs toilet and b) I’ve heard it’s a lot of hassle and c) I didn’t fancy making life any more difficult right now.

However…so far, so good (has crossed fingers). Lottie’s actually been great.

She has preferred going straight into big girl pants rather than wear pull-ups, as she keeps forgetting to tell me when she has pull-ups on. And she’s OK at using a potty or the toilet, although she prefers the toilet. We’ve had a few little accidents, but nothing major and she’s been really grown up about it all!

We are about a week in, and we are yet to venture out too far from home, but I don’t think she will be long.

Harry, you ask? Well, Harry has been a completely different story…

Harry: “I want a sweetie too”
Me: “But Lottie gets one because she went on the potty”
Harry: “Awww, me want one too”
Me: “Well do you want to start going on the potty then? And then you can have sweets”
Harry: “No thanks”

That’s how he feels about it. Literally can’t be bothered. Not worth it, not even for a sweetie.

Tricks to help with potty training

They’re both exactly 2.5 years old now and as the Health Visitor recently told me, this is the “perfect age to start toilet training”. But she also said that girls are often ready earlier than boys, and so it would be OK to do them one at a time. Which of course I am now experiencing.

Everything with my twins so far has been done in tandem. Weaning, napping, preschool, toddler beds…however I guess with this one, Lottie is attempting first.

And Harry – will go when Harry is ready.

Wish me luck.

Jess x

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  1. April 3, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    That’s so fab that she made the decision for you!! Clearly she was totally ready!!! It must be strange that they aren’t doing it together since they’ve always done everything new together but as you say he will do it when he’s ready!
    I’m nervous about potty training but think we are close as I’m being told when he’s pooping eeeek!!!

    • Jess
      April 3, 2015 / 6:16 pm

      Totally ready!! She had showed some signs but I had obviously ignored them! You’ll be fine, I’m sure it’ll be a breeze xx

  2. April 3, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    Potty training was one of the hardest things I have done so far as a parent (although I’m sure there will be other gems as they grow). I had three attempts with my oldest and the final attempt worked!! My youngest is ready…now! So we’ll start up again soon. I definitely think that working on your two one at a time is good! Boys, I’ve been told, are a bit different and are usually not ready till a bit later. The good news is they’ll both get there soon enough 🙂 Good luck on your potty training journeys (although sounds like you are doing fab already!)! xx

    • Jess
      April 3, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much!! Sorry you’ve had a tough time, I guess each child is different. I can see that Harry may be a challenge but I’m going to wait until he’s ready and not push it. Jess x

  3. April 4, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Love this, I just love the way you write- even about going potty!!

    • Jess
      April 4, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Oh thanks!! Ha ha, didn’t want to go into too much detail as I didn’t think people would be all that happy reading about it 🙂 Jess x

  4. April 4, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Ah bless them Harry is clearly so much more chilled out, where Lottie is very independent. My two were very chilled about the whole thing x

    • Jess
      April 5, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Oh yes – she’s like that about most things in life! Harry is far more relaxed and much more easy going. xx

  5. Holly Poppins
    April 5, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Good luck over the next few days- I’m sure they will quickly pick it all up!

    I’ve recently done a series of vlogs and blogs all about potty training- which may provide you with some further advice and tips!

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    • Jess
      April 5, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing, will check them out. Jess x

  6. April 5, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Great post. I was scared about the potty training, but M was so grow up and just did it! I was a very proud Mum! I’m sure Harry will be soon..then he will want all his sweets back dating!! 🙂 x

    • Jess
      April 5, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      Ha ha yes! I think he might. Glad you had a successful experience xx

  7. April 5, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Good luck. The more he sees her doing it, the more he will want to I’m sure. Good luck with Lottie #sundaystars

    • Jess
      April 6, 2015 / 11:35 am

      Hope so! Although right now he’s not convinced. There’s no rush – I am actually finding it easier just having the one to do! xx

  8. April 5, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    It sounds to me that Lottie has nailed it! Joy! Your little man may take a bit longer but hey, men take longer to do virtually everything right?! It takes my husband three hours to prepare a simple pasta dish. Chopping an onion alone takes several minutes.
    My boys? Well one of them is 3 and won’t step foot near a potty. He just lies there like Lord muck and gets me to change him…smiling as I do it.
    One day, he will I’m sure. Until then, I’m gonna have to suffer the stench.
    Good luck! He’ll get there! And so will mine x

    • Jess
      April 6, 2015 / 11:32 am

      We will get there! – and glad you have a ‘lazy’ boy too 😉 I don’t blame Harry to be fair, why work THAT hard just for a sweetie?!! Ha ha. Good luck to you xx

  9. Jess
    April 6, 2015 / 11:34 am

    He really has. This is the start of me constantly nagging and pushing Harry to do anything I think!!!!!! Jess x

  10. April 7, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    So far all of mine have been different ages for 18 months right up to almost 3! Although Ff was showing signs of being ready months before her twin they were eventually 2 years and 10 months before they would consistently go a few hours without wetting.
    Doing them both separately will actually make your life easier as you don’t have to worry about 1 peeing on the sofa while your taking the other to the toilet 😉 Thanks for linking up with #MultipleMadness xxx

  11. April 8, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Well done lovely! Go you!! And Lottie, more’s the point! I’m dreading it — although all the advice from my friends, who’ve been there, is leave it until they’re ready. Don’t rush it. Both my friends have just waited until their children are 3 and it’s happened in a couple of days! Think I’ll be following suit! 🙂

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • Jess
      April 8, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      I was dreading it too – really was although Lottie has proved it’s OK! I wonder if yours will try at the same time or different like us? Interesting! Jess x

  12. April 10, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    We potty trained our triplets at 3 years and it went splendid. Having said that, I think that had we done it earlier, it would have went a lot like you describe and we would have been doing 3 at different stages.

    I’m glad you realize that they “get it when they get it.” Its a big part of raising a kid that parents often don’t get. I tell my wife all the time: You don’t know any adults who can’t do X, do you?

    If you don’t know any adults who aren’t potty trained you can rest easy knowing that literally EVERYONE gets it, eventually.

    Here is my post about potty training triplets:


    Thanks for posting.


  13. April 13, 2015 / 6:42 am

    I’ve read that it really helps for children to tell you when they are ready to potty train. Forcing them to do it when they are not ready will cause problems. I am sure Harry will be ready soon. But bravo Lottie. She sounds so grown up. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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