Potty Training

When you feel your child is ready for potty training, we will support and encourage your child while in our care to use the potty!  For best results, we ask that you begin teaching at home during a weekend or vacation. Also, we will make sure to work with parents closely according to the methods that they use with each child at home to make sure there is consistency to their training routine. Training will be done in a relaxed manner with the cooperation of the family.

We recommend that the child be at least 2 years of age and also show signs of readiness (Please read the Potty Training Readiness Checklist below).   Positive reinforcements and consistency must be continued at home.

The child  must be kept in pull-ups at all times.  Please keep in mind that the activity level here at the center can distract your child from responding to an urge to use the potty, more so than at your home. Therefore we will use diapers until your child can and will announce that he/she must use the bathroom and can control his/her bladder and bowels for a few minutes beyond that announcement.  It is required that parents provide pull-ups, diaper (until child is ready for pull-ups only) and a few extra change of clothing.

Proper Clothing
Do  not  bring  your  child  in  panties  or  underwear  until  he/she  has  naptime  and  bedtime  control established.  During potty training your child needs to be dressed in “User friendly” clothing as much as possible.  The best items are shorts and pants with elastic waist.  Please  DO NOT dress your child in the following:

No tight clothing
No shirts that snag in the crotch
No pants with snaps & zippers
No overalls or bib type clothing
No belts
No one piece outfits

The clothes listed above can make it difficult for your child to reach the potty in time.  Your child also needs to be able to pull his/her pants up and down and these items will hinder your child’s ability to do so.

Required Supplies

The following items are to be left at the childcare and replaced as needed.  Soiled clothes will be returned in a plastic bag at the end of the day.

Two (2) changes of clothing including socks (an extra pair of shoes if available) A bag of pull-ups – you will be notified when the supply is running low.

Potty Learning Schedule

For the first week, the child will be scheduled to use the Potty at consistent times of the day whether the child indicates the need to use the Potty or not.

Upon arrival at the center
Before and after breakfast
Before and after lunch
Before and after nap
Before and after going outside
Just before going home

Potty Training Readiness Checklist

Verbal Stages of Readiness
Basic verbal skills.  The child is able to speak in three to four word sentences

Stage 1            The child tells you he/she has a wet diaper, recognized when he/she is wet.
Stage 2            The child tells you he/she is wetting, recognizes the sensation of being wet.
Stage 3            The child tells you he/she will wet, can control himself and uses the potty.

Physical and Psychological sign of readiness

1. Stays dry for a long period of time (the child is able to “hold” his/her urine and bowel movement).

2. Can recognize when diaper is wet or soiled.

3. Has bowel movement at regular times (child chooses when to move its bowels)

4. Adult can recognize when child is moving his/her bowels (Child is deliberately moving bowels)

5. Can undress and pull up his/her own pants (Important because this is the work of the child not the caregiver)

6. Initiates interest in using the potty and asks to wear underwear.

7. Wants to be independent which is very important for the learning process.

8. Child is emotionally ready and is open to learning (is child generally cooperative?)

9. Child  has  an  awareness  and  knowledge  of the  world  beyond  himself.  (This  sign  may  seem unrelated to Potty training, but it is a behavior that has been seen in children ready to use the Potty)

10. Can follow three and four step instructions (this is critical for learning to urinate or move bowels, wipe himself and wash hands)

11. Can use consistent words or gestures to communicate.

12. Is able to physically get to the potty and sit on it without help.

13. Must show a willingness to want to sit on the potty and understand its function.

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