Transition your Toddler to
Potty Training at Daycare or Preschool
Of all the potty training problems I hear as an Oh Crap Potty Training consultant, one of the toughest challenges for parents is potty training for daycare and making sure a child is considered potty trained for preschool.
When I'm working with parents about to begin potty training, here are some common worries I hear about daycare or preschool:
What if your toddler is holding pee at daycare
What if your toddler refuses to sit on the potty
Golden Reminder for toddlers who won't go to the potty at daycare
If your child is NOT solid with potty training at home:
Don't have the expectation that your toddler will be instantly solid at daycare.
When there's potty resistance, often toddlers need to first feel comfortable at home BEFORE feeling okay with using daycare's bathrooms. Especially when it comes to potty training and poop anxiety.
Good Reads for Toddlers in Preschool
Ninja Potty Break
My all-time favorite potty training book for normalizing using public bathrooms with the flushing toilets (like a potty ninja, yeah!).
Gotta Go, Buffalo
Adorable lift-the-flap book that shares silly ways to make goodbyes more fun at daycare dropoff or your toddler's preschool
I Can Do It!
When your toddler is heading to daycare or preschool diaper-free, you want them practicing the fastening skills to dress themselves from zippers to buttons.
In this shine-a-light picture book, you can hold a flashlight up to see all the action of a school day — from picking out an outfit to fun in the playground at recess.
This rhyming picture book shows a cast of animal characters learning how to be kind and sharing with others at school and home — from wakeup to bedtime.
The Invisible String
The message behind this picture book (written by a single mom whose child was having a tough time with daycare drop-offs) is so sweet. We're connected with our loved ones even when we can't see each other.
seeing pee accidents
If your toddler won't tell the teacher when they need to potty, or your toddler is refusing to sit on the daycare potty to pee, here's one trick we found can be helpful.
Do potty training rewards help?
What to consider before you jump into rewards when you begin potty training your toddler. And here 10 reasons not to use rewards in potty training your toddler.
the big transition
Jamie talks about common transitions your child will go through and solutions that help kids through big and small transitions.
Let's Look at Why Potty Training May Not Be Working at Daycare or Preschool
Jamie has a parenting book out, Oh Crap I Have a Toddler that shares how to be a more conscious parent to toddlers, dealing with all the challenging behavior that comes up at this age.
What we know: When you understand your toddler's behavior, it's easier to prep your child for being back at preschool or toddler daycare, diaper-free.
What to consider when potty training is not working and you're hearing back from your toddler's daycare that their daycare potty training policy includes diapers after seeing any accidents.
Preschools and potty training and why you don't want to wait too long to begin potty training. It will be a big step for your child to use the preschool bathroom!
potty training daycare and preschool
what if your toddler refuses to sit on the daycare potty?