I procrastinated with my eldest’s potty training a little. I decided to wait until she was two-and-a-half and then cheated with Pull ups for longer than was necessary. She took to potty training well, but I could have accelerated the process had I been prepared to go cold turkey.
Potty training two
That was with one child. Now I have to potty train twins; twins that have an older sibling.
The twins turned two-and-a-half last week. I thought we’d give it a whirl last weekend as it was the first weekend in as long as I can remember that we didn’t have plans as a family.
My excuse for not doing it other weekends was:
1. We already had plans. I didn’t want to ruin my eldest’s weekend and make her miss out on activities so that we could stay in and do potty training bootcamp
My excuses for not doing it during the week are:
2. They are in childcare for three hours, twice a week so that I’m able to work, and I don’t want accidents on the journey there eating into my work time
3. I have the school run during the week and I don’t want to add to the stress of that
I bought cheap Boots.com potties over six months ago. They are fully aware of what they are and what they are supposed to be used for and have indeed both used them (correctly) before. They have plenty of ‘big girl’ knickers. I also have my Sticky Hand Sanitiser from Green People at the ready – a potty training essential – and have made the all-important sticker charts to reward success.
Last weekend, my husband Matt was busy jet-washing the patio (!) so essentially I was on my own and outnumbered. We had six accidents within 20 minutes. I had no idea they peed that much! I carried on and we had two successes each (luck more than skill I think) and another 10 accidents. My hands were red raw from cleaning up all the mess and we’d only been at it a couple of hours. M&G went up for their post-lunch nap so I put a Pull up on them, Sofia had a party to go to in the afternoon and I had a week’s laundry to iron. I concluded the potty training for that weekend.
So, excuses not to try again this weekend:
4. They both have colds and are not receptive to anything
5. Saturday morning we are going to Clarks to take advantage of the 20% off special (details here). I don’t want toilet accidents getting in the way of discounted shoes
6. Saturday afternoon we are going over to visit friends we haven’t seen in ages. I don’t want toilet accidents getting in the way of a long overdue catchup
7. Sunday is Mother’s day. It would be nice to have one stress-free day. Potty training does not constitute stress free
Excuses not to try after this weekend:
8. It’s cold still, perhaps we’ll wait until they won’t freeze when wandering around the house in just vest and pants
9. Wait until it’s warmer and they can go nappy-less in the garden
10 . The following weekend my husband Matt is working and I’m driving a three/four hour round trip to my friend’s birthday/reveal party
11. Sofia starts her Easter break from school in a week’s time. She will expect a full itinerary of fun and that doesn’t include hovering around potties and wiping up spillages
12. It’s then Easter. It would be nice to have a stress-free long weekend. Potty training does not constitute stress free
13. They have their Christening at the end of April. I don’t want toilet accidents ruining their beautiful silk dresses
14. They have their Christening at the end of April. I don’t want toilet accidents ruining our enjoyment of the day
15. We’re going on holiday. I don’t want to risk accidents on the plane
16. We’re going on holiday. I don’t want toilet accidents getting in the way of a relaxing holiday
17. They still don’t seem ‘ready’
18. I still don’t seem ‘ready’ to potty train twins