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Is your child ready to potty train? Are you wondering how to start, when to start and basically what to do?
Read below or watch the video:
In Montessori circles, we prefer to say "toilet awareness" and "toilet learning" than Potty training. Why? As a matter of respect for the child. We don't train children (we train dogs and even training dogs make me uncomfortable). We guide children and we role-model.
Toilet awareness is a natural process and a skill that all children will develop in time. Potty and nappies are accessories that we have created to make our modern life easier or possible with young children.
As a family, you may skip the potty and nappy entirely (aka you may do Elimination Communication) or your child may go on the main toilet straight away.
The definition of toilet awareness is "when a person is aware of the toilet, how to use it, the body functions that are required and the sensations that signal when to use the toilet".
So let's see how to promote toilet awareness...
If your child is still quite young, you will have the possibility to lay on some foundations for when your child is ready.
If your child is curious about the potty or the toilets, if he has some level of independence regarding dressing skills, then he might be ready to try.
But first, prepare yourself by acknowledging that toilet learning is a process and should not be hurried. Like with any other skills, he might progress then regress.
Studies are contradictory about when is the best time to start, if there is indeed a “sensitive period for toilet learning”. But, if your child is curious, you should take that as a cue to make a start.
Have clean underpants in a basket next to the potty.
Have a stool for your child to reach the sink to wash his hands.
If he prefers to use the adult’s toilet, make sure you also have a stool and a seat reductor ready.
Have some toilet paper at your child’s reach next to the potty.
Many parents like to have several potties all around the house. It’s a good idea to have more than one potty when you decide to remove the nappy. If you have a downstairs toilet, your child might have time to reach the potty but otherwise, don’t worry about having a potty in the middle of the living room. It is only temporary.
Make toilet training part of the routine:
That might be enough for your child to get it, most of the time and you will feel confident to remove the nappy. Because let’s face it, at some point you need to remove the nappy!
As it’s a process, no one can tell you how long it will take and, please be wary of the miracle 3 days potty training method. It’s unlikely that your child will be learned to go on the toilet in such a short time, or at least not with respect and understanding.
To help you further, I suggest that you have a look at the website Go Diaper free about Elimination Communication from the Start. I have also enjoyed chatting with Jamie Glowacki, the author of “Oh crap Potty training.” You can watch those videos here; she answered so many common issues.
If you want more support regarding the Potty training process, ask me about my one to one service. I can tailor a step by step toilet learning plan and help you to overcome any reservations and issues you may come across.
Contact me for a chat about toilet learning or anything else!
Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.
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