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Teaching Irish twins to potty train is no joking the most extended potty training mission you may ever accomplish! Though you will achieve this obstacle, as I am currently working my way through it.
Tools you may need and that I recommend:
- Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus
- Summer Infant My Fun Sticker Potty
- Use familiar words: Poop, Pee, Potty or Toilet, Penis, Vagina, or Pee-Pee.
- It will help with not causing any further confusion while practicing.
- Patience and lots of it!
The 2-in-1 Potette is fantastic and great for traveling. My boys were scared of falling into the potty, and this helped tremendously till they got over the fear. The Summer Infant My Fun Sticker Potty is an excellent choice due to once they are comfortable with the potty; they can use it as a stool.
Jack took a while before he was completely potty trained, which includes at night. He told me just recently that he was scared he would fall in the potty. After about 9-weeks of not giving up and tons of accidents, it was like a light switch went off. I think a carpet shampooer is a necessity for potty-training.
I feel like potty training took longer than needed due to wearing a pull-up instead of just letting the accident occur. Then I read this book, Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right and WOW it opened my eyes. It made me realize more of what the child would feel like during the potty training process. It even made me realize that pull-ups feel like diapers on toddlers, so it makes sense why they are continually having accidents in them.
When I started just doing the naked or only underwear method, it seems it clicked better for him. Of course, I still use pull-ups at nap time and bedtime.
List of things that didn’t work:
- Tablets, phones, or anything electronic – Reading a book about potty training was more exciting and leave the toys out of the bathroom. However, I do recommend a safe spot so that he/she can go back to precisely what he was doing before going to the bathroom.
- Rewards – We tried tons of different things; bribes for toys, cookies, M&M, and more. None of them worked.
- Potty watch – Sounded like a fantastic idea like an alarm your child wears to tell him to try. Well, needless to say, that lasted two-hours.
- Kids urinal – I went out and bought the Froggie kids urinal thinking it would help when it was taking so long. Boy, was that a mistake. I kept introducing more and more things to confuse. However, with Luke, that is how he learned potty training first. He didn’t like sitting on the potty and preferred to stand. You may ask, “What about poop?” Well, he has pooped in there too, so we had to talk about that.
The positive side of having Irish twins is that now that Jack is entirely potty trained. Luke goes in and sometimes sits with him on the “little potty.” Sometimes Luke goes, and lately, he keeps telling us he has to go, but then gets up and says, “all done.” It is a start, though, as, after a month of this, he is 50/50 potty trained now. He goes in the potty at daycare and in the morning at home as well as in the afternoon. Yes, we still have accidents, though.
To summarize why I think it is the long with Irish twins is because once you are done with one child, it is time for the next. Funny Potty Training Sillys! If you have some FUNNY stories, please comment below & share!