Please join Henderson International School and a panel of preschool experts for a free potty-training seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. Our panel will share tried and true methods for potty training your toddler in just three days.
Potty training is one of the first significant milestones in a toddler’s young life, and for many parents, its one of the first major hurdles to overcome.
For some families, potty training can become a battle of wills and series of setbacks that lead to frustration. The important thing to remember is, timing is key. Most children are potty trained around age three, right at the time they should be ready to enter a preschool program. It is important to remember, potty training your child earlier does not prove anything about your parenting skills or child’s intelligence or development.
There are some key behaviors that you can look for to help recognize when your child is ready to graduate from diapers.
- Does she have bowel movements at a fairly predictable time? Does she let you know through words or behaviors that she’s aware that she’s having one?
- Can she pull down and pull up her pants?
- Does she show an interest in the bathroom and what other people do in it?
- Can she walk over to and sit down on the potty by herself?
- Has she started saying “No!” to you? Does she like to have at least some of her toys in certain special places? This shows that she’s interested in controlling things in her environment.
- Does she know what “wet” and “dry” mean?
- Does she respond to praise and want to please you?
According to parenting.com, the three top training methods are; rewards (hugs and kisses or toys), cold turkey (no diapers or transition pants, just discomfort from soggy britches) or training pants. Each had its own pros and cons and no one method is perfect for every child.
No matter which method you choose for your child, HIS Preschool Director Annette Sooper says you can take some simple steps to help your child avoid accidents.
“Sippy cups are a hidden pitfall during potty training,” Sooper said. “ Constant drinking increases urination, and frequent bathroom trips can become too much for a beginner. Be mindful of how much they drink before bed, long car rides or shopping trips,” she said.
Preschool teacher Megan Zappulla said it’s important to dress children in clothing that they can easily remove themselves. “Often by the time they realize they need to go, they really need to go,” Zappulla said. “Difficult snaps, buttons, zippers, tights and layers can increase the chances of an unnecessary accident,” she said.
Preschool teacher Carrie Rozsell said parents need to know going in, accidents will happen. “It’s best not to make a big deal out of an accident,” Rozsell said. “Just keep spare pants and underwear on hand at all times so you can change quickly,” she said.
Sooper reminds parents that patience and consistency is key to success. She said when children first begin the process, they want to visit every bathroom to explore. Don’t let this frustrate you when they ask to go but then don’t actually need to. It’s all part of the natural process.
Henderson International’s preschool program begins right around age three, once the child is potty trained. I you would like to speak with one of our experts for free potty training advice, you may contact our office at 702.818.2122.