How to Potty Train Twins: 12 Tips and Tricks

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  2. How to Potty Train Twins Together
  3. How to Train One Twin Before the Other
  4. Conclusion

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How to Potty Train Twins Together

{"blocks":[{"key":"97kjp","text":"Besides having double the number of kids to train, training twins can also be harder because of comparison and regression. 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Don’t start the training when the house is hectic, like before a move. You also don’t want a lot of important events in a short period.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":320,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":320,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":320,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":320,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"99jfb","text":"Keep an eye out for these signs that tell you that your twins are ready to use the potty:","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"c00be","text":"They get cranky when their diapers are dirty","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":44,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":44,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":44,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":44,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"eghna","text":"They have the muscle coordination to pull down their pants","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":58,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":58,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":58,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":58,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ae78n","text":"They’re willing to communicate to you about their needs","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":55,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":55,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":55,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":55,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"19idb","text":"They're curious enough about adult toilet behavior","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":50,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":50,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":50,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":50,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8t6jp","text":"Clue Them in Advance","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"BOLD"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4ehb1","text":"Clueless kids are harder to control. 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How to Train One Twin Before the Other

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Conclusion

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