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Potty training Montessori way

May 3 2017

When to begin toileting

Between twelve and eighteen months is for starting toilet comprehension, the sensitive period. It could begin sooner or later, according to the child. Look for signals of readiness: An interest in cycles (bib now goes in the hamper, hamper would go to the basement, into the machine, etc. Kid watches with interest and also follows along).
Kid is walking. You discover child touches her/his genitals. Child is starting to have bowel movements at specific times of day. Occasionally a kid exhibits none of these indications but will become interested as soon as you begin to attract her awareness of toileting, so we urge beginning before 18 months. Equip for toileting success! To get started, buy as many as 30 pairs of underpants that were thick. We advocate Gerber training trousers which come 3 in a pack for about 5 dollars at Target (US). They truly are long-lasting, although the most absorbent and least expensive. For success, the leg holes the panties loose enough that it may be pulled up and down without extraneous attempt on the child's part and have to be large enough. For a child between 18 and 12 months, Gerber training pants, size two, is advocated. If she's large for her age, or as the child approaches 18 months, she's going to need size three. Put an item of rubberized flannel and purchase several sheets of it. Be certain you have many pairs of pull-on trousers for the child, as he can must alter often.
Have loads of bed sheets so you can change them frequently.
Pull rugs that are fine up. Find "Nature's Wonder" at a pet shop, to quickly and effectively clean rugs or the floor when needed. The product is safe for carpets that are fine, removes not just the stain, but the scent, and may merely be left on the carpet.
Set out small potties, a variety if necessary, and encourage the child to take a seat to them, when he/she does, commending. Our favorite is the very modest Baby Bjorn potty, costing about $10 in catalogues. There are just two sizes, both useful, rather than the toilet that is actual, helps the little one in two ways: he can be more independent and feel safe; and he can clearly see his results-waste in the potty-after. Set a potty in each bathroom having a tiny pail to the left and modest basket of clean underwear on the right. Bath mat or a folded towel below the three things creates a nonslip surface and an appearance that is arranges. When you start toileting Because they have to do with bringing your kid's attention for this part of our daily lives these first three points would be the most important: Let her see other family members and you sitting on the bathroom just as much as you can. Initially, take your son or daughter to the toilet every half-hour or so and encourage her to sit on it while you sit on the adult toilet ( just to get a minute, as would be natural). Achieving this helps your child to understand through the experience of utilizing the toilet, and this works far better than requesting your child," Do you have to go to the bathroom ?" Which generally gets a "No!" even when they do need to really go! It is extremely important that your kid change into dry panties immediately after wetting it. We want her to be accustomed to the feeling of dryness, and to react immediately to wetness.
In the first stages, your son or daughter could wear only her panties in the waist down, so that using the potty and shifting is uncomplicated and doesn't take long. Timing is key with getting bowel movements into the toilets! Make it a routine time to go the toilet if you become aware of your child has a bowel movement around exactly the same time each day and sit on the toilets. Observe him carefully and take him to the toilet immediately if he went in his underpants, so you can help him change, observe the BM go to the bathroom and flush it down if your child is unusual in his time. Continue your effort to get him to sit and "hang out" around the bathroom when you believe a bowel movement could be on its way - you can even read books together to pass the time if that works. Continue to try to involve the little one in undressing and dressing. Show her that you're placing the urine to the bigger toilet and flushing in case the little one urinates in her toilet. In redressing her, giving particular focus on helping her learn to place her dry underwear on independently subsequently collaborate.
It helps in the first periods to have a potty in whatever room he's playing in so he is able to see it and get to it in time. He should just wear trousers that could be naked or in underwear in the waist down when reasonable, and are a cinch to pull himself up and down with this stage.
Throw out all diapers when you start this toiling period. You kid needs to be set up for success and feel our confidence that, eventually, he will have the capacity to work with the toilet each and every time. Many kids make use of the toilet till they are old and sleep too deeply to awaken. There are other ways to handle this, depending on the stage, her age, and also your kid you've reached in toileting. Confer with your kid's manager. During the initial phases of toilet training, bring a potty with you (to use at your destination) when you take your kid out in the vehicle. Place it in the lavatory of your home you're seeing, even supposing it's only a brief stay. This helps establish the routine of going to the toilet upon leaving the home and upon arriving at destinations. Upon returning regularly, before leaving your house and when out and about, take your youngster to public toilets. We advocate making it a custom, and matter-of-factly saying, "We all sit on the bathroom to get an instant before going out and upon coming home". (Just get them to sit to get a second - if they pop back up or don't urinate, simply dismiss it and move on. Eventually, they will pick to make use of this opportunity.)
For special events or plane rides, we encourage you never to put your child back into a diaper, but alternatively, put an Nikki diaper wrap over her knickers. Manufactured from soft waterproof fabric this diaper cover allows you to still check for wetness, so that the training period is not interrupted. This can be a fine " safety net" for you in certain public situations. Always keep a couple changes of panties and pants in the automobile, so that you could come back to the car for a quick change as soon as your child is wet, and after that resume your shopping. For me the best guidance is how exactly to manage toileting when away from home. Caspar taken before he was two however I had him in nappies when we were outside because I was fearful of making a wreck toileting. Our wonderful Montessori parent- without her encouragement I'd have kept Caspar in nappies for much longer and toddler teacher gave me the push I needed. This time with Otis I will feel more confident leaving the house nappy-less and will undoubtedly use many of the tricks. Really I am away now to set up another toileting area within my bathroom and then to purchase more loo learning trousers.

DIY Wool Puddle Pad

What exactly is a Puddle Pad?
A pad that works much like a mattress protector. Additionally, it may be used as to protect your car seat or a change mat. Excellent for toilet learning and for ECers, infants that are leaky nappies, leaky toddles.
Why now? With his toilet learning pants on Otis will normally take a nap during the day. The trousers absorb some moisture but I really don't need to risk a mattress that is yucky. Until I realised how simple it truly is to make one yourself, I nearly bought a puddle pad.
Why wool?
I really dislike the mattress protectors I've seen in our shops - artificial tacky and crinkly. Cotton pads offer some protection but not as much as wool. I really adore wool plus it's:
Breathable, helps to maintain a body temperature that is comfortable Cozy
Natural Antibacterial and anti fungal Uncomplicated to wash, with small escapes a good airing is all that's required odour repellent, only air frequently
How? Preferably one that's soft and nice, locate or thrift a 100% wool blanket. I found this blanket for $15. You might want to have a plain or neutral coloured blanket, in case you are putting the blanket under a pale or white sheet.
Felt the wool in a hot wash. I followed with a hot dry cycle and utilized the hot water setting.
Cut the blanket to size. So it might lie flat, I cut two pieces the same size for additional thickness, I also ironed the blanket.
Sew the two pieces together. I used a simple stitch across the border merely to keep the pieces together. It will not fray as the wool is felted. You could only use one layer or fold one layer in half, in the event you don't sew.
Trim the edges to neaten up.
To lanolise?
I 'ven't lanolised. As Otis is sleeping with his pants on I expect the puddle pad to just ever get moist not fully soaked. Also I suppose it'd demand a great deal of lanolin that isn't cheap so I am giving it a go unlanolised. Fingers crossed!
I am going to set the pad underneath the sheet it keep it . So hopefully I Have made it large enough he doesn't move much in his sleep. I 've heaps of the felted blanket left, I'm thinking of cutting it into squares for polishing or cleaning??

Bathroom learning - three periods

There is an excellent feeling you get when your child does the right thing at the ideal time. It makes you feel proud, makes you feel like a parent that is great. Then there are times when your child messes repeatedly makes errors or does the wrong thing and also you feel as a failure. Bathroom learning might be rough like that. Otis frequently makes messes or has injuries but some days it is worse or more public than many others. This morning it absolutely was on my bed, last week it was three pools within our parent-toddler class. Mostly I just get on with things, I never make a fuss. He is getting it. So where are we at? Otis has been using the potty at home for many months. At home he will normally go without trousers or have underpants on. If we are about to go out have only been somewhere or have guests over, Otis will wear pants/shorts. Remember it's summer here. At home he'll generally make it to the potty but there's at least one accident a day, sometimes more.
Beware of the under-pant obsession. If it doesn't have a car on it - Otis won't wear it.
Emptying the potty is a big deal. Otis takes great pride and care in wiping it clean, emptying it and taking the used potty to the toilet. Afterward the entertaining of flushing the toilet the same as a big lad. He's also super inquisitive about other family members utilizing the toilet. I think most toddlers are like this, investigating what goes on around them. Toileting at home - Phase One whole! We are now working on Phase Two - toileting away from house. When we go out Otis normally wears training slacks. The single time Otis wears a nappy is at night. As Otis does not always makes it to the toilet while we're out the training pants capture most of the wreck. I will have Otis sit on the potty before we go out. Often he only gets up and walks away. I'll give him a drink of water while he sits on the potty if I understand he really must go. This is the only method I have really been able to get him to make use of the potty on cue. There is some thing about having. It's working. I keep a potty in the car and I shall frequently ask him to make use of the potty while we're out if I feel like he must go. He never has. This mightn't work for him. If we are at a friends house or at school I will take Otis to the toilet on arrival ( in case that it's been a little while since he's been) or when he gives me the indication that he has to go (usually achieving/touching his trousers). So we have some success while we are outside but it is undoubtedly demanding work and attention.
Phase Three is at night. Otis wears a nappy at night but often he takes away it. On his bed he's the puddle pad under his sheet. During the day he will usually awaken and require to visit the potty straight away. I think night time toileting as Otis begins taking his nappy off more and will occur soon and the usage of the potty increases.
Toilet learning is a location where we haven't done it by the book. We have struggled at times and I'm just explaining the way that it is working for us not I would recommend it to others. We're finding our way. In the event that you are looking for thoughts or recommendations just how to approach toilet learning here are some of the top hints I Have ever read. This summer we will be travelling again but I am not feeling hesitant. There'll be times when Otis will want help/a change of clothes but I'm really feeling assured. The turtle that was reddish potty was picked up during our last journeys and it has become the favourite of Otis. It might be travelling with us. How are you going with toilet learning? I don't really know of anyone at the same stage as us. Most kids we understand have learned toileting at a younger age or the parents have decided to wait until a later age before they start. Folks are shocked because we have started so early or believe we have started late.

Toilet Learning Tips


The aforementioned image is of the toilet learning region of Otis. We are using a cube seat here (the other is in his dressing/care of self place) as Otis wants support when standing. The bucket is for soiled clothes. You may read a signal of preparation is walking. Otis is not walking but clearly knows when he needs to use the toilet. I used to not want to waste this opportunity so have commenced toilet learning, and lose his apparent sensitive period.
Camilla (mom of two) recently sent me these toileting tricks. I found them so useful I wanted to give you. Perhaps you may find them useful too? The Managers at Forest Bluff School have provided these suggestions for allowing me to print here, and I truly thank them.
Indirect preparations for toileting From arrival, change your child's diaper when she's wet to give lots of indirect prep (this can occasionally mean as often as every hour).
Using cloth diapers from the start helps immensely since they feel wet instantly in acquiring awareness. This immediate feedback helps the child make the connection between the end result of releasing her muscles and the impulse to urinate. Toilet training thereby occurs gradually, over time. When your child is right at the age of pulling up to standing, let her stand while you shift her and talk about what you are doing, even involving the kid at which you'll be able to. This way, she can see what's happening and take an interest. Transfer the diaper changing to the bathroom when your child starts to stand and walk in the event that you might haven't done so already. This can help them make the appropriate organizations between activity and location.

Toilet trained by two?

I love having a toilet trained toddler. Life is so much easier. All the perseverance and pain was worth it.
At 22 months I feel like I can finally say that Otis is trained - daytime only. We haven't approached nighttime toileting but I must get to that soon. It's been distressing. For about three months his toilet learning only plateaued. For three months I mean everyday to one or two accidents - by plateaued. Now I cannot remember his last accident. He occasionally makes a mess but that's associated with tricky garments or dare I say being a lad. He wants help with his clothes. He also WOn't go anyplace other than a toilet or a potty. His preferred place is an actual toilet. He uses a toddler seat and also a step stool when needed. Otis does not have accidents during his daytime naps but he will generally go once he wakes. Same with car excursions, once we return home he'll generally go straight to the toilet.
Amongst his peers he's neither late nor early. I personally do not feel there's an age whereby a child should be trained but I feel that once a child knows (when they need to go) and have control (over their bodily functions) they should be given the chance (to use the potty/toilet). Once a child may use the potty I feel it is disrespectful to place them in a nappy (therefore my wake up call to begin nighttime toileting). Additionally it is summer here and summer is really so simpler than winter. I've always had as an anticipation for my own kids. Caspar was completely coached by two. He nighttime toileted readily. I'm hoping the same with Otis. Yay to Otis and wish me luck with the nights.

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Toilet learning - two steps forwards, one step back

Thank you in the base of my soul of all your kind remarks, tricks, suggestions, humorous stories and words of encouragement and heat regarding my post on travelling using a toilet learning toddler.
As I mentioned we weren't only travelling, we were travelling last minute, I was travelling with the boys without my husband (therefore feeling extra exposed) and we were also grieving for member of the family who's no longer with us. Gosh, I'm having trouble holding back the tears now. Just how did we go?
We left home at about 4.30am. I consider this to be night , and so I kept Otis. But from the airplane we went direct to the vehicle and that I made the decision to keep a nappy on. Although he can utilize the potty at home he wouldn't indicate in time for us to stop the car. Until he was out of a nappy, it was well to the day. During our stay Otis in was in a blend of panties training pants and nappies. He scarcely made it. We didn't make much progress. Now we are home the nappies are gone again (except for nighttime). During our journeys I learnt several things whom I wish to remember. You do not have to be a great or even a good parent all of the time. Uniformity is vital. Children need uniformity to behave consistently. Children have to know (very clearly) what is expected of them.
A flexible and comfortable strategy will keep you composed.. I hope my next toilet learning post is saturated in success and high fives. It may be a while. But I'm not putting pressure on Otis or myself. Now we're back to a familiar routine and our own home surroundings toilet learning with that highly sought after consistency can be continued by us.
Travelling with a toilet learning toddler - give strength to me. We know the sensitive period for toilet learning is 12-18 months. Eek, Otis is now 17 months and although we have been doing well (by our standards) matters are still a bit hit and miss.
Otis wears training pants or underpants in the home. Training trousers are usually worn by Otis, when we are from the house. For his night slumber he wears a nappy. At home it is occasionally made by him to the potty. He understands when he needs to go. Occasionally the potty will be looked at by him and occasionally he will look at me and next thing we understand there is a pool on the ground. But progress is being made by him and we're happy with where we're at. We received some awful news last night. We are going to be flying out to be with family first thing tomorrow. Together with all the craziness of making and unexpectedly packing arrangements I almost gave myself permission to go back full time. We've got a flight longs drives ahead of us. Many hours will likely be spent in the houses of family. I will be scared that Otis is not going to make use of the potty while we are away. That the planning, washing and cleaning will be a waste of time. But if we go back to nappies what message does that send to Otis? I am aware a toilet learning toddler is nothing to be embarrassed by. But as we're toilet learning before than others it feels like we possess a point to show (and that we'll fail miserably). My family are totally comprehending, I know there is no shame in having a toddle not allow it to be to the potty. There isn't any shame in wet trousers. I am aware my family will support me and Otis.

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