Life with kids in Sydney City
What are the upsides to toilet training twins? The obvious answer is no more stinky nappy changes and not having to buy 50 nappies each week. Although they are twins, they are individuals too. What if one is not ready while the other is determined to go ahead?
Over the past two months, Jack and Mia have done their business up and down our local high street; in the post office, in the ice-cream shop, in the park, everywhere except the toilet. One piece of advice that kept me from reverting back to nappies went something like "just when you are at the absolute end of your patience and about to throw in the towel, things will start to turn around". I suppose this is excellent life advice too. These testing days will all soon become part of the fabric of our family life.
When we made the decision to stop putting both twins in nappies during the day, Jack and Mia were 2 years and 4 months old. We felt they were equally ready. We prepared them about two weeks before the planned “go-live” date. We would speak about “no more nappies”. Our eldest daughter Charlotte was also 2 years and 4 months when she started using the toilet and was fully competent in under a week. *Full disclosure: her amazing child-minder in London did everything. We simply provided underpants and lots of encouragement.
I purchased two identical potties that looked like mini toilets and had a battery operated flush handle that made a real "flushing sound”. This was perhaps a bit over the top but the novelty factor spurred them on initially to quick success. Once we needed to leave the safe surroundings of home, things unraveled and many undies were destroyed in the process.
I had a travel potty or “potette” from our days of training (or lack thereof) with Charlotte. The seat flips out to serve as an insert on a regular toilet, or it can act as a potty with an absorbent plastic bag. This portable potty was crucial to allow us the freedom to go to playgrounds and not have to worry where the closest toilet was. We did not fancy staying at home for days on end.