Nurture Nursery’s Tips for the Toilet
and... when should you bring your child to nursery in pants?
Some very important facts to keep in mind
Some children learn to use the potty at a surprisingly young age and some take longer than most:
“For the record… the average age for a child to be potty-trained (in the day) is between two and a half and three years old.”
(Usborne Guide to Potty Training)
It’s an individual process
Children have different sized bladders, attention spans, confidence levels, understanding and personalities. What works well for one child may not for another. Potty training is a little different for every child.
Resist the pressure.
Try not to listen to other people. All children are different and whilst one is interested and ready to focus on the potty another will be focused on mastering their speech, learning to be with friends or tackling the climbing frame. The right time will come.
Don’t rush in.
Your child needs to be at an appropriate level of development mentally, emotionally and physically to achieve a positive result.
Is your child really ready?
It’s worth being as sure as you can. (See our guide below and use our link to the NHS website above for details.)
If you find you’ve asked too much too soon you could both find it more stressful than it needs to be. Things may take even longer as a result.
Keep this in mind.
If your child is tired, poorly or just having a bad day they may have more accidents. Accidents will happen, keep calm and carry on.
What if it’s not happening?
If things get really tough, consider stopping. Leave it for a month or two it can make all the difference.
Start at home and give your child time to build lots of confidence before thinking about taking things outside the home.
When first venturing out, talk positively to your child about using the potty or new toilets. Have some practise runs and introduce them to toilets in places you may go before going nappy free.
Plan ahead – take the potty or think about where you will find toilets on route. Think ahead to give them time and avoid panic. Take whatever you need for clean-ups and changes.
Nurture Nursery’s Super Tips!
Coming to Nursery in Pants
We are more than happy to regularly remind children about using the toilet, to take twenty urgent dashes to the loo in a session, and to mop up and change children after accidents. It is all part of the process and something we do every day.
However, here are a few things to bear in mind before you decide to bring your newly skilled child to nursery in pants.
We will do everything we can to support you and your child through this period.
They all get there in the end.