For many parents and children, potty training represents a big challenge. Most of our Landmark Twos are just beginning this stage of their development, and our experienced teachers encourage and assist parents and children as they journey toward diaper freedom. Parents often ask, is my child ready for potty training? Each child has his/her individual needs and readiness. We need to remind ourselves that potty training is all about time. Just because we are ready doesn’t mean the child is physically ready. Discuss with your pediatrician any questions or concerns you have.
Mrs. Santini, our 20 year veteran Twos teacher, offers some signs your child is ready to potty train.
• If your child is dry after a two-hour period, it appears that he/she is physically ready.
• If your child appears interested in the toilet, flushing, hand washing, seeing other people go into the bathroom.
• S/he does not like the feeling of being wet.
In the spirit of helping parents, we asked Mrs. Santini for some further advice on potty training.
• After determining a child’s readiness, parents often constantly ask the child if s/he needs to go. Less talking and fewer questions are better; just taking children every hour and 15 minutes works better.
• You can’t start and then stop potty training; once you’ve started, be in it!
• Little potties can be great in the very early stages. When they show interest, use a regular size toilet seat; no matter where you go, all toilets are the same. It’s just one less transition.
• Try to create a relaxed environment. Block out a section of time when you can be with the child at home for several days, perhaps during a school break.
• Pull-Ups are a glorified diaper and you don’t need this step.
Children should begin to potty train when they exhibit readiness. With determined, consistent observation of some of these tips and gentle encouragement from home and school, Twos can conquer potty training!
Mrs. Santini averages 95 percent of her students leave her class in underwear!