Toilet Teaching Twins

Toilet paper roll and pink tile

So, we went to the Potty Training Toilet Teaching Workshop at the local twins club earlier this month, and I have to say that it was very informative.

While I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of Toilet Teaching and what was presented, I will share with you my key take aways for Toilet Teaching twins:

  1. They don’t have to train at the same time. One might be more ready than the other…and that’s okay. Every child is different. And it’s hard to keep that in perspective when you have twins.
  2. The average age a child begins to potty train is 28 months of age.
  3. Your bladder isn’t full size until the age of 7 years, and the nerves from the brain to the bladder are not fully connected until the age of 13 years.
  4. Avoid power struggles. Don’t ever fight over what goes in their mouths or what comes out the other end. It can cause issues later on.
  5. Don’t expect to teach your toddler to use the toilet within a weekend. You know, those three-day bootcamps…
  6. Use sign language for basic toilet teaching terms if there is a language delay.
  7. Have multiple potties around the house. Have one in their room and paint it with glow in the dark paint so they can see it and use it in the middle of the night.
  8. To begin the Toilet Teaching process (not Toilet Training), you must get your child to get in tune with their bodies, acknowledge they are urinating or having a bowel movement…before they even try on the potty. (We can tell when A is having a bowel movement or BM.)

Which leads me to my next question…what did you call “Number 1” and “Number 2” when you were training your children? Did you have code words? Or did you call it like you saw it, using “pee pee” and “poop.” Did you use “BM”? (I find BM to be so clinical, but that’s just me.)


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