Moving from cot/grobag/nappies to duvet/bed/toilet training. With twins. Help?(3 Posts)
I am probably overthinking this, but sage advice, calming words and top tips welcome!
I have boy-girl twins, 2.5 years.
Currently they sleep in cots, in the same room, in grobags. DD is showing signs of being ready for potty training, which means we need to start moving her out of the grobag and cot into a bed and PJs. Which means we have to do the same for DS, which means we have to massively upscale our child-proofing, and presumably kiss goodbye to sleep for a while - DD will cry to get into bed with one of us a couple of times a week at the mo, if she knows she can jump out of bed and come and find us I'm worried it's going to be game over. That's assuming they even go to bed in the first place...
And then potty training, sob. I have no clue where to start. Good books to read (for me or them!)?
Haven't got to the potty training thing myself but personally I'd do it in stages... tackle one bit at a time. DD1 is a very tall climber so we had to have her out of her cot early on (17 months) and then her younger sister went in to share the room so the temptation to get out of bed for giggles is there (found DD1 sat in the comfy chair the other naptime, cuddling her rabbit and chatting away quite happily to her sister).
What worked for us was doing the duvet thing first (because she was tall she outgrew the gro bags early and I didn't fancy buying the next size up), I did that first so that if the blankets got kicked off they were sliding out of bed and not being accessible. Then I did the bed thing which really wasn't as bad as I'd imagined - had a video monitor in the room and returned her if she got out (took her bloody months to figure out she could get out) with a bedrail on... but with having differently aged siblings I have the luxury of getting one to fall asleep before putting the other to bed - if one's awake and the other goes in - it's giggle playtime and no sleep happens! I found that with mine I was happier having a few toys out in the room on the logic that if she DID get out of bed and go wandering she was going to beeline for those, rather than seeing what trouble she could get into - but people's takes on that vary - and I'd put child locks on drawers and cupboards, attached everything to the walls etc anyway - didn't fancy a kid going through the emptying boxes out phase getting hold of her entire wardrobe repeatedly!
don't do it all at once. she may not need to be out of the city to potty train, unless she is already dry overnight. Night time dryness is not something you can train s they have to be producing the right hormone that stops urine being produced at night. So unless her nappies are already dry in the morning worry about that one latter.
I'd also maybe weight until warmer weather for taking them out of the grobags, ether that our invest in flesse sleep suits. Or they will be waking at night cold until they get used to sorting themselves out.
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