How PEOPLE’s Deputy Editor (and Mom of Three!) Handled Potty Training Her 2-Year-Old Twins


What did you do on your summer vacation? I potty trained my 2-year-old twins.

It was not very Instagrammable and it sure doesn’t sound like much of a vacation, but it’s an accomplishment I’m super proud of — especially because I figured it out without a ton of information available targeting my particular situation.

I should preface by saying this wasn’t my first rodeo. I’m a mom to three girls: Tatjana, going on 5, and twins Ofelia and Indira, 2 years and 3 months at “go time.” The first time around, I was certainly intimidated by the idea of potty training a kid. I was pregnant with twins, and might’ve naturally waited a little longer to start. But I realized there would never be a less stressful (or busy) time again in my life, and so I took a friend’s advice and used the book Oh Crap! Potty Training as my guide.

Within one day of starting the program — which focuses on letting the child run around naked for about three days until they recognize the sensation of peeing, helping them to the potty so they learn the social norm of going to the bathroom in the right place and eventually introducing clothes, then underwear last — Tati had gotten it down. She was 27 months old (the book recommends the somewhat early time frame of 20 to 30 months as the sweet spot for potty training, before a child develops their sense of free will and can reject your ideas), and it worked like a charm.

By the time I enrolled her at nursery school that fall at nearly 3 years old, the teachers were complimenting me on having potty trained her so well.

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My second time around, I set out to use the same system but found there was limited information available on how to handle twins. Oh Crap! author Jamie Glowacki has a blog post about twins (key takeaways? Train them at the same time, and have an extra adult handy to help), but there are few additional resources available online.

So I set out to tackle this important milestone, adapting her ideology on the fly. Figuring Tatjana had done such a good job at 2 years and 3 months, I decided to start at exactly that same time with the twins. And so after an indulgent week-long vacation in Maine, eating lobster rolls and taking everybody to the beach, I buckled down for a second week off, dedicated to training up the girls.

Here’s everything I learned about the unenviable task of potty training twins. Spoiler alert: It was a lot harder than the first time, and took a little longer. It was touch-and-go for a while, but OMG, it worked!

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