Toilet training is an important milestone in a child’s development, marking a transition from nappies to the use of a toilet. At The Owl and the Pussycat Preschool, we understand the importance of toilet training and the challenges it can present for both children and parents. In this blog, we’ll provide some helpful tips to help make the transition easier for you and your child.

  1.  Look for Signs of Readiness: It’s important to wait until your child is ready before beginning the toilet training process. Look for signs such as staying dry for longer periods, showing interest in the toilet or potty, and being able to follow simple instructions.
  2. Create a Routine: Establish a consistent toilet training routine, such as taking your child to the toilet at regular intervals throughout the day. This helps to establish a habit and encourages your child to associate the toilet with the need to go.
  3.  Encourage Independence: Encourage your child to take an active role in the toilet training process by allowing them to help with tasks such as pulling down their own pants or wiping themselves. This helps to build confidence and independence.
  4.  Provide Positive Reinforcement: Praise and positive reinforcement can go a long way in motivating your child during the toilet training process. Consider using stickers or small rewards as a way of celebrating your child’s progress.
  5.  Be Patient: Toilet training can take time and may not be a smooth or straightforward process. Be patient with your child and avoid punishment or negative reinforcement for accidents. Remember that accidents are a natural part of the learning process.

At The Owl and the Pussycat Preschool, we believe that toilet training is an important milestone in a child’s development, and we work closely with parents to support their child’s transition out of nappies. We aim to foster open communication between families and educators so that while your child is at daycare, our educators will provide continuity of care in your family’s preferred approach. With consistency, routine, and positive reinforcement, toilet training can be a successful and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

If you’re interested in a childcare centre on the Northern Beaches that prioritises supporting children’s individual needs as they reach new milestones, please contact us to book a tour – we’d love to meet you!