In neurotypical child development, learning how to use the toilet is an important milestone for kids. Here at Thirsties, we know many of our amazing fans and families have children who will embrace potty training on their own unique timeline (which is a big reason we make diapers that fit well over 40 pounds!) The following article will be discussing the process for when your child is ready.
The brain science behind potty training suggests that the bladder’s neurological signal only reaches until the spinal cord, making peeing an involuntary act. In order to learn how to use the toilet, the child has to go through several learning touch points like recognizing when they want to use the bathroom, estimating how long they have to hold to get to the toilet, and how they can express to others their toilet needs. Potty training requires patience and a lot of time as your child’s bladder has only begun successfully transmitting signals to their brain. For parents juggling child rearing with full-time jobs, however, potty training can be a challenge. Fortunately, raising a child is widely accepted as a team effort. And when it comes to potty training, your local daycare can help support your child. Here’s how.
Look for a daycare that has potty training services
When looking for the right daycare, keep in mind that some have a potty training policy that does not accept children who are not toilet-trained or strictly require them to wear diapers. Rather than registering in the first nursery you see, look for centers that include potty training services. Fortunately, the daycare sector is rapidly growing with around 800,000 childcare centers across the country. One of the most popular career paths in human and family studies are childcare directors who manage these centers. In fact, by 2028, it is projected that there will be 7% more center directors compared to 2018. This can only assure you that you will not run out of options when looking for daycare centers offering potty training. For example, Young Scholars Academy is a nationwide daycare center that emphasizes the importance of working with parents on their child’s toilet training. They even have a restroom installed in every classroom and make it a point to work to discuss with parents the first signs of toilet interest in their children
Open line of communication between parent and daycare worker
No matter what daycare you choose, it’s important to set a clear outline for your child’s potty training even before they start classes. As such, remember to inform your chosen daycare if your child has started potty training at home so they can adjust their program according to your child’s progress. Likewise, the school can also use this communication line to inform you what your child needs to bring, like a set of extra clothes in case of accidents.
Gentle nudges in the transition from diaper to toilet
If you plan on leaving the potty training to daycare centers, inquire if the center prefers that your child come in training diapers or underwear. While some facilities prefer the former, others believe that it is a good idea for your child to come to daycare in underwear… even though accidents may happen! Wearing underwear will gradually nudge your kid away from depending on their diaper when needing the toilet. Should you be concerned about how your children’s accidents will be handled, just remember that there are over 400,000 competent, trained daycare workers in the country. Rest assured that these professionals can help your child in this crucial transition. While it is often taken for granted as a natural process, potty training is crucial to your child’s development. And every child who has to go through this transition, deserves only the best care—from you, nurseries, or both.
This article was written by Riva Jesse exclusively for thirstiesbaby.com