In the Classroom: The Sunshines
February 17, 2015
Time for Potty Training
Potty training is a major milestone for toddlers, as well as parents. It is important not to start potty training until the child and the parents are both really ready. Timing and patience is the secret to success!!
Potty training depends on the emotional and physical readiness of the child, not a specific age. Many children begin to show interest around the age of two, while others might not be ready until they are 2 1/2 or even older. If you start potty training your child too early, it might take longer.
Some questions you should ask yourself to see if your child is really ready to start potty training:
- Does your child seem interested in sitting on the potty or wearing underwear?
- Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
- Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions, or posture when he or she needs to go?
- Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
- Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
- Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them back up again?
- Can your child sit on and rise from the potty?
If you answered mostly yes, your child might be ready for potty training. If you answered no, you might want to wait, especially if your child has recently faced or is about to face a major change, such as a move or a new sibling.
A toddler who opposes potty training today might be open to the idea in a few months. Just remember the teachers are always here to support you with whatever you decide to try with your child. It’s best to keep an open communication going so that there can be consistency between what is happening at home and at school.