As a Preschool Teacher I have worked with MANY families and partnered with them to guide their children to this special milestone. Some parent’s swore that letting their child run around the home naked was working for them. Others chose to put their children in cotton underpants only from day one. Most families chose to make the switch from diapers to training pants. This option can include wearing thick cotton underpants and the plastic pants that go over top. Or you can go with disposable trainers- brand names like Pull-ups or Easy Ups come to mind.
Here are a few tips that I have learned over the years.
Here is my simple ‘Readiness Checklist for potty training
- Are their BM’s regular and predictable?
- Are they staying dry for longer periods of the day or waking up with a dry diaper?
- Are they expressing interest in toilet habits? (Other than flushing their cars down there!)
- Are they giving you verbal or physical cues preceding a BM or urination?
- Can they follow simple instructions?
It’s My Potty, I Can Cry If I Want To-
Pick Your Method-
After choosing the potty, I also wanted to stick with my favourite way to potty train. Potty training methods vary widely and I have had a range of feedback on my method. Once I have set the potty training wheels in motion-ALL diaper changes and bathroom related activities are done in the bathroom. And NO potties in the living room or bedroom, or anywhere else for that matter.
I got a great deal of success from encouraging this method, it helps young children make a sociological change. Meaning- they begin to change the mindset that bathroom functions can be done anywhere. Why? Because it’s not socially acceptable to use the bathroom anywhere. How many times have I had young boys from my child care center pee in a potted plant, on a tree, or in the sandbox at the childcare? Too many times to count. The boy’s and parents response is usually the same-“boys are different they are made to pee anywhere.” Not trying to be judgmental, but unless you live in a remote place where everyone pees in the sandbox, teach your children to pee in a bathroom!
Involve the Whole Family-
A proud Canadian, world-view blogger, and Preschool Teacher on hiatus who has been posting original photography and anecdotes online since 2005. Blogging seriously since March 2011, writing became a way to find support and social connections after becoming a SAHM with post-partum depression. I blog at : Mimmie Humble Pie