Is your child ready to potty train? Children usually learn to use the toilet at home before they start using it at Sunshine House. When you feel your child is ready for underwear, it will be our pleasure to assist you!
Signs your child may be ready to potty training:
- Shows interest
- Stays dry for periods of time
- Knows when they go
- Shows independence
- Can undress and dress themselves
- Can follow three-part directions
- Can sit still
- Can walk/run well
- Does not like to be wet/dirty
- Communicates needs
Your child will need clothing that they can easily handle. Bring in several pairs of pants/shorts, underwear, socks, and an extra pair of shoes.
Our guiding principle is to provide much praise and encouragement. Your child will always be treated with understanding when they have an accident. We will assist them in changing into dry clothing, as needed. Your child will be reminded how nice it feels to wear dry, clean clothes.
To help in developing a routine, teachers will walk your child to the bathroom every 1 ½-2 hours. Consistency is the key when it comes to potty training. If your child has many accidents throughout the day and for many days, it probably means your child is not quite ready for toileting at school. We will assist them with the toileting process, as long as necessary. Of course, they can also use the bathroom anytime throughout the day by letting a teacher know.
Sunshine House knows that potty training can be an exciting yet frustrating time for many families. Fortunately, it only lasts a short period of time and we are ready to put in the work to get your child trained!
We look forward to supporting your child during this transition; keep in mind, no child has ever graduated Sunshine House in diapers.