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Mother of Twins Seeks Potty Training Advice

Updated on August 18, 2012

My girls are nearing the potty training stage. Though I am very excited to put the money I use for diapers each month toward another use, I am very hesitant to begin. They may be the only little ones I have and they are growing up too fast.

I have read several methods on potty training and have yet to decide which might be best for them. Heck, I may end up trying them all. As it stands, if one of my girls come up to me and says "mommy poopy', and when I check her she isn't, I can pretty much bet my life that within the next half-hour, she will be. We have 'practiced' pretend pottying but the girls basically do it just to do it as of now. When it comes down to it, nothing comes out.

I don't like the pressure elders put on us to potty train. I just don't think it's necessary. My husband and I feel like when our children are ready, they will do it. We don't want to unnecessarily stress them out by forcing them to do something before their time.

While I don't want to jump full force into it, I would gladly accept any advice given on steps I could take to LEAD us to official potty training. Our girls are only 2 and I don't feel there's a rush at this point. We just want to take it slow and make it a fun time for everyone. This is a very big milestone, and quite frankly, one I actually dread. Prolonging it would be fine by me, but I know that my husband is ready any day to get this show on the road. I want to do it right the first time.

So for all you parents out there with loads of advice from failures and successes, though each child is different, and what you say may not work for mine, feel free to spill your guts anyway. I am ready and willing. In addition, anyone who knows of a potion to keep my children small forever is welcome to share that as well.

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      kbward 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You are having a hard time with the fact that your babies are growing up more quickly than you would like. I've been there, and it's always the hardest with your first child, or in your case, children. We aren't always ready to admit they're not actually little babies anymore, but they are YOUR babies. I understand exactly where you're coming from. Just remember that you know your children best, and you need to decide when the time is right. Since you have twin girls, you are lucky that 1) girls are usually easier to potty train than boys, and 2) your girls will probably "compete" with each other a little bit which means they might actually potty-train even quicker. I recently posted an article here on Hub about the best way to potty-train your child. (KBWard) Give it a quick read. I very easily trained all four of my kids-two boys, two girls- sometimes I think it's not WHEN you train your kids, but HOW you train them. So relax. You're right that you should make it as fun and stress-free as possible for your girls, but be realistic enough to know that there WILL be some stress. It just goes with the territory. Good luck!

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      mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Good hub..don't give up..I just recently wrote a hub on potty training..maybe check it out...but it takes time and patience ...but at the end it will all work out...good luck..

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      Traci 4 years ago from North Carolina

      My husband and I tried so many methods. In the end the best one for us was letting her run around in her big girl undies and every time she went pee she would get one sticker on a potty chart and if she pooped she would get two stickers on her potty chart. Then when it was all filled up she got a special candy. =) Have fun and good luck!

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      Amberjewell 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for all of your uplifting comments. I went to put my girls in their big girl panties today to see what they would do (they love to sit on the potty), and I could not find them. :( So I have to wait until my husband wakes up to go buy more. Maybe tomorrow....

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