|Posted by tarastoyland on May 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM|
My Philosophy - Potty training
I fully believe in early training. Since I do home daycare I have trained LOTS of kids, more then the
Duggars, so I have developed some opinions on the matter. I try to start as soon as the child is able to
sit solidly. At first I just have them sit often at set times, like when they wake, before or after we go
outside, after lunch, after nap. The parent can sit them upon waking in the morning, before dinner and
Since I often run into people saying you have to wait till the child is ready I have researched this. I have
found that lots of people ignore signs of readiness that happen between 14 and 18 months old thinking
no child could possibly be ready that young. So the window is missed and the child gets in the habit of
using their diaper and being " lazy". Signs of readiness are not asking to go with words, a non verbal
child can train successfully, but rather indication of a need and desire to sit on the potty. This may
include pulling at diaper area, leading you to the bathroom, taking off diaper, or visibly showing you
they are uncomfortable after voiding.
In potty training you must remember that sleep dryness is different then awake dryness. There is a
chemical that makes your body not pee or poop while you are sleeping. Some children do not get this
chemical in their body until they are as old as 8 years old. So do not push sleeping dryness or expect it.
Use a pull up/diaper until they are dry for a while.
I did some research and found that "stool toileting refusal" has been linked to late training (Taubman
1997). "Of the 19 participating children who trained by 24 months, none refused to poop in the toilet.
Only 4 of the 90 kids who finished training between 24 and 30 months were “refusers.” The vast
majority of refusers (101) came from the remaining 373 kids who finished training after 30 months."
Some children have more solid bowel movements then others that may require avoiding binding foods
(breads, cheeses, bananas, rice, apples in any form) in order to prevent a problem arising.
To read more about studies on this subject see future blog posts!