Potty Training

If potty training has begun when your child is ready, the task can be easy and quick. 

 

If a parent undertakes the task of potty training when they want it to happen, the task is difficult and painful for all involved.

 

It is important for the success of potty training that all caregivers are committed to the same belief of potty training.

 

If I do not feel the child is ready, but parent/s insist to begin, there will be an additional fee of $15.00 per week until the situation corrects itself. It takes time and money to constantly clean the floor from potty accidents.

 

Somewhere between 2 ½ years – 3 years of age is a good rule of thumb to start checking for signs of readiness. If a period of time has passed and your child does not have success or show signs of progress, we need to determine if potty training should begin at a later date.

Some of the signs are as follows:

 

PHYSICAL SIGNS

  • Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.

  • Urinates a fair amount at one time.

  • Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.

  • Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine

 

BEHAVORIAL SIGNS

  • Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.

  • Can pull his pants up and down.

  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.

  • Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the

  • Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.

  • Demonstrates a desire for independence.

  • Takes pride in his accomplishments.

  • Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.

  • Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one

 

COGNITIVE SIGNS

  • Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.

  • Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."

  • Understands the value of putting things where they belong.

  • Has words for urine and stool.

 

The following is needed when potty training has begun:

  • Easy pull down elastic wasted pants ONLY are to be worn. Keep in mind your child is busy playing and will be most comfortable in something quick and easy for them to use the restroom. Anything other than elastic wasted pants can set your child up for failure.

  • Your child will need 2+ complete changes of weather appropriate clothing. Any soiled clothing will be returned unrinsed/unlaundered in a bag (due to licensing rules)