Toilet training guidelines

Before you begin toilet training your child you should ask yourself “what does toilet training mean to me?” For me, toilet training is a period of 2-3 weeks where we assist the child, quite frequently, with going to the restroom. After the initial “training period”, I feel children should be mostly responsible for getting themselves, or at least asking to go the bathroom. If after the initial training period the adult is still responsible for getting the child to the restroom, is the child really toilet trained? Did we start to soon? Was the child ready? With this in mind please read the toilet training methods used at Debbie’s Preschool & Childcare.

Toilet training is a challenge for the parents, the provider and the child. In order for training to be successful, your child must be physically and emotionally ready. For most children it is approximately 2 years, 9 months. To insure both physical and emotional development, I will not consider toilet training until a child is 2 1/2 years old, or is showing an increased interest or ability. Toilet training can take a few days, to several weeks. When we decide your child is ready, he/she will wear cloth underpants for three weeks (pull-ups will be provided by you and used at my discretion). During this time, we will take the child to the restroom every 2-3 hours. With the hopes of catching the pee/poop. During this training period please dress your child in pants that are easy for them to take on and off.  We foster as much independence during this time. They will be expected to pull their pants up and down. At the end of three weeks, if the child is not asking to use the bathroom on their own, we will put them back in diapers for at least one month before trying again. I suggest that you start the training at home, on a weekend when you can give as much attention to the process, with as few distractions as you can (not to many errands or extra family visits). The more success the child has the faster the process will be.