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Despite what the books and the parenting seminars tell you, there is no method to the madness of toilet training twins.
Smug parents (you know the ones) who would gloat about how their not even three yet toddler transitioned to nappy free in a few short days just made me more frustrated about our situation. Then, I wanted to punch them in the face.
“Just because there’s two of them, your situation shouldn’t be any harder, right?”
Another imaginary punch. This time in the throat.
There is no such thing as toilet training twins. Why? Because you toilet train individuals.
What works for one, does not work for the other.
We were keen to try out all the tips that books tell you about encouraging the process.
We jived our way through the “Look who did a poo-poo in the potty!!!” dance, slapped high five slaps all around and offered rewards when those colourful stickers filled the charts.
Yet, amongst all the commotion and excitement around the toilet bowl, there was one twin who would sadly be left in dismay and confusion.
Being toilet trained is a huge milestone, as every parent knows. It is a time to celebrate another step of independence for a little person. Most importantly, it’s an extremely personal milestone.
The logistics of where to put the potty and methods of encouragement may not differ from training each child but the emotional dynamics can vary significantly. The danger of comparison is never far away.
When we worked out that what the books told us wasn’t working, we took a step back and took a little break for our boy.
While one was now happily going to the toilet without any problem, we kept our excitement at a minimum and he didn’t seem to mind that one bit.
As the weeks past, we really had to make a conscious effort to stop worrying and more importantly comparing our toilet adverse twin.
Instead, we focused on reassuring him that there was no hurry. Whenever he was ready, we would be too.
Of course, the moment that mindset kicks in, everything falls into place and within days, our little boy joined his twin brother.
Dettol is a well-known and trusted brand in Australian homes and undoubtedly an integral part for many a toilet training triumph…as well as disaster.
Now that the days of training are far behind us but with two constant grubby boys, hand hygiene is a big affair in our house. Using Dettol’s Revitalise Antibacterial Hand Wash with Raspberry and Pomegranate keeps the germs at bay but also leaves behind a refreshing fragrant on your hands. It’s one thing to maintain a high level of cleanliness – it’s another to smell like a hospital.
We’re also very lucky that our daycare also enforces the importance of using hand sanitiser after doing their little business.
The journey of toilet training is just as big of a learning curve for parents as what it is for the child. In the race to try and get them nappy free and independent, it’s important to stop. Take things slow and focus on their self-confidence and emotional awareness.
For one lucky reader, I have some great Dettol products to giveaway!
- Dettol Revitalise Antibacterial Hand Wash with Raspberry and Pomegranate
- Dettol Power and Pure Triggers
- Dettol Power and Pure Wipes
All you have to do is:
Leave a comment on the post telling me:
“What toilet training memory/story do you look back on and laugh?”
Terms and Conditions:
- This giveaway is only open to Australian residents
- Closing date for entries is 10pm AEST Thursday, 25th of September.
- The winner will be contact via email on the following Friday.
- If the winner does not reply to my email within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
- Entries will be judged on merit and decision of the winner will be final.