• Get on the same page. Talk with your child's teachers about the approach they use. They can help you watch for signs of readiness. These signs may include staying dry for lengths of time, expressing an interest in using the toilet, and being able to pull clothes up and down. You and your child's teachers will work together to develop a plan for potty training. Share your own philosophy and any concerns you have. Mutually agree on how you'll handle potty training and make sure that you consistently follow the plan during the evenings and weekends. In order to provide you the best childcare, we at Premier Academy are dedicated to maintaining open lines of communication between parents and teachers regarding potty training.
• Communicate, communicate, communicate. Let your child's teacher know when your child last went potty when you drop off in the morning. Ask for the same information when you pick your child up at the end of the day, and read the Tadpole reports for detailed information. Find out about the times your child uses the bathroom at school and try to duplicate this schedule at home.
• Come prepared. Accidents are bound to happen during the first few weeks of potty training, so make sure your toddler is prepared to cope with potty accidents. Be sure to send your child to daycare with plenty of clean clothes. Skip the onesies, blue jeans, or overalls, and opt for soft, loose pants with an elastic waistband. These clothes help your child be more independent, and they also simplify the inevitable changes. Send your child in shoes that come off easily and don't forget extra socks.
• Expect setbacks. Potty training is a major developmental milestone and it's very common for children to make progress and then regress. Try not to get discouraged or express frustration to your toddler. Make sure that your child is really ready before you start potty training. The age of readiness varies from child to child, but most kids are ready to potty train between 20 and 30 months. Take it slow and use a relaxed, positive approach. Talk with your child's teacher if you have questions or just need some extra support. Premier Academy can provide you with plenty of information regarding when your child is ready to start potty training. Let us be your greatest resource!
• Push the fruits and veggies. What does nutrition have to do with potty training? Constipation is a common problem when children don't eat enough fiber. Children sometimes develop a fear of toileting if they've experienced painful stools. Eating fruits and vegetables helps keep their digestive system regulated.
• Accommodate special needs. A child with developmental or physical delays may need extra support to potty train. Talk with the teacher at your daycare about ways to help, which might include delaying potty training, using a visual chart, or practicing the steps of pulling down pants or washing hands prior to starting potty training.
As you go through the potty training process, try to keep perspective. Some children are very motivated and learn to use the toilet quickly. Others need more time before they completely master this developmental task. Remember that both you and your child are doing the best you can. Before long, your child will be diaper-free and ready for the next adventure.