At Banana Moon potty training starts at the age of 24/30 months in the Toddler room. The child’s key worker will work alongside the child and the family to enable potty training to be established both at home and within the nursery.
Here are some Banana Moon tips and tricks:
Is your child ready?
A child is able to sit on the potty/toilet.
At Banana Moon, every child is given the option to sit on the potty/toilet. This is to familiarise them with the potty/toilet and to establish a routine in place.
[When your child wakes up in the morning take them to the potty/toilet and throughout the day every 20/30 minutes. Take your child 1 hour before bedtime].
Also, if your child is regularly having soft stools on the potty/toilet and their bladder is able to hold pee in for 45/90 minutes.
Within the toddler room, your child’s key worker will take your child to the bathroom every 20/30 minutes.
How do you help your child?
Place some nappies, toilet paper, and potties to encourage role-play.
Add wet cotton wool/toilet roll/chocolate spread or peanut butter (allergy awareness) to the doll's pull-up. Your child identifying the wet/soiled pull-up will enable their learning with wet/soiled pull-ups and independent wiping.
Is your child drinking enough water?
Children should drink 6-8 cups of water throughout the day to help their bladder get full and strong to enable them to respond to the urge of going on the potty/toilet.
At Banana Moon children are given water throughout the day at snack and mealtimes as well as throughout the day. Water jugs and cups are displayed at the children’s level to encourage their self-help and independence skills.
Does your child understand what potty training is?
As a family read picture-based books around potty training alongside your child to enable them to gain a basic understanding of what you will be expecting from them when your start potty training them.
At Banana Moon the children read books alongside their key worker during circle time to develop their understanding of potty training.
How do I keep my child engaged?
Remember to make potty training fun and exciting for your child. This will make your child happy and relaxed to sit on the potty. Have a cupboard of toys on hand for your child to play with and always remember to use positive praise.
At Banana Moon your child’s key worker always uses positive praise for children's potty training even if it is just sitting on the potty.
Praising and rewards.
Praising and rewarding your child will enable a smooth transition from nappies to pull-ups/pants.
The child can be rewarded for simple things like:
Washing/drying their hands after using the potty/toilet.
Sitting on the potty/toilet.
You can reward your child stickers or inexpensive rewards from a treat bag.
During potty, training accidents will take place. This is a part of the potty-training process. Remember to praise your child even when their pants are NOT clean as this may demotivate your child as they may feel they are not getting it right.
Positive praise allows your child to achieve rather than focusing on the setbacks. Remember to motivate your child to keep going and encourage learning and development towards the next steps of their potty-training journey.
At Banana Moon every child has a potty-training sticker chart. Children are rewarded with stickers and positive praise from their key worker every time they sit on the potty/toilet, do a little pee/stool in the potty/toilet, dress and wash their hands independently.