Is your child is ready for toilet training?
Some children show they are ready for toilet training around two, for others it can be around three or later and night time control may not be reliable until as late as eight. Getting the timing right is key, as rushing it may actually end up taking longer in the end. It’s also important to avoid starting toilet training at the same time as other transitions or life events. Things to look out for are: interest in others using the toilet
- dry nappies for two hours or more
- announcing a wee or poo, especially beforehand
- disliking or trying to take off a wet or dirty nappy
- interest in wearing underwear
- being able to pull clothing up and down
- being able to sit and rise comfortably
If you feel your child is ready decide whether to use the potty or a toilet, but make sure that he or she can rest their feet firmly on the floor or on a stool otherwise it’s difficult for them to relax their muscles enough to go. You can schedule sitting times and act fast if you notice them wriggling or holding themselves to get them to recognise the signs. Remind boys about a little shake and girls about wiping front to back. Of course make sure everyone washes their hands afterwards.
We will encourage children to use the potties we have here at preschool, but if your child won’t sit on anything other than their own potty, we are happy for you to bring it in. Also let us know what words you use at home so that we can reinforce them. Some parents like pull-ups and some prefer to go straight to pants. Once you go for it, try to send your child in wearing clothing that they can manage easily.
Some people don’t recommend rewards, but we find them helpful and use stickers, you will know what works best with your child. Getting to flush the toilet is often a good incentive as is getting to choose new underwear. Whatever happens stay positive and shrug accidents off, however frustrating they may be. If you find child just is not ready, try again in a few months.