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Potty Training Tips
For Child Care providers
Type: For Child Care providers   Skills: Health & SafetyPhysical & Motor SkillsSocial & Emotional Skills
Whether you call it “potty training,” or “toilet learning,” teaching kids the scoop on poop can be a frustrating task for child care providers. But there’s hope. We have some stress-free steps to get your toddler out of diapers and on to the toilet. Potty Training Tips
What We Learn
Don’t try too early
Look for physical, emotional and intellectual signs of readiness
Make the potty a fun place
Supply List
Patience
How-To
First, you need to make the potty a fun and comfortable place. Kids need to expect to sit there and be able to have fun. Place some books, puzzles or coloring activities there so the kids have something there that they like to do.

Next, introduce a timer. Have kids only sit on the potty until the timer goes off. Kids love to do things and love to be timed. The timer says, “This is the end.” Our philosophy is to leave kids wanting more time on the potty. While a child is on the potty, I usually will read a story in a very animated voice. Right when something exciting is about to happen in the story, the timer rings. Tell the child you’ll continue the story the next time we go to the potty area, either later that day or the next day. Set the time for 2 or 3 minutes and provide a little reward afterwards, just for the child being able to successfully sit there for that amount of time.

Stickers, temporary tattoos or even a simple check mark on the child’s hand can be a great reward for a kid. With a check mark on the hand, when you put children to bed at night, you can count the check marks and reinforce the positive things the child accomplished that day.

You should take kids to the potty area every day or even a couple of times a day. Praise and gossiping to others let’s the child know you’re pleased. Even gossiping to a teddy bear or doll will allow the child to overhear you stating what a great job the child did on the potty.

It may take a few weeks or a few months before the child is ready to go. One trick to expedite this is to give a lot of salty food and water on a day when you know you’re going to be home. When children eat a lot of salt and water, 10 hours later they’ll have to pee, so there’s a greater chance of them peeing on the potty.

Remember, if you place a potty on top of your regular toilet, you’ll need to provide a step stool for their feet. Everyone needs to press their feet on something to begin the pooping movement.

Children generally should be potty trained, by the age of 3 or 3 ½. But remember that kids are different. One of the important things is to have kids who aren’t constipated, so good nutrition is part of this. Make sure to pay attention to the diet and the foods kids are getting.
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