So, you are ready to send your toddler to a day care centre but he or she is not toilet trained yet. Lots of mums and dads in the Perth area have faced this same dilemma. They don’t know when it’s the right time to toilet train a child and don’t know if theirs will be embarrassed by going to day care.
There is no “one size fits all” answer for when it is time to toilet train a child. Children are ready to be toilet trained at different ages. Some are ready at 18 months, but it takes most children until they are at least two years old. It can take as long as eight years for a child to be ready for night training.
Signs that Your Child is Ready
Children don’t know how to tell when they have to “go” until it happens naturally for them. Trying to train them before they can actually understand is pointless. However, there are some signs that may indicate your child is ready. Here are the most common.
Your child can walk and sit for short intervals.
Your child is beginning to complete tasks independently.
Your child becomes interested in watching other people use the toilet.
Your child begins to experience intervals of up to two hours with dry nappies. This means they are able to perceive and “hold” waste matter in the bladder and bowels.
Your child doesn’t like wearing a nappy anymore and tries to pull it off if it is soiled or wet.
Your child’s bowel movements are formed, soft and regular.
Your child can follow simple instructions.
Finally, your child may tell you he or she is ready by telling you when he or she is about to “go.”
When your child is ready for toilet training, the fun begins. We will cover that in another blog post.
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we provide day care for the Perth area. We care for preschool children of all ages. We even have a special room just for babies. To learn more about us, contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.